With the demise of the apartheid and the emergence of a new “togetherness” between white and black, South Africa realized its role in world evangelization and it’s calling to become a blessing to the nations of the world.
However, Willie Crew, the founder of World Mission Centre, realized that if someone or some entity did not sound a clear call to alert Christians of the need and the opportunity for world evangelization, this golden chance would be lost forever (1 Corinthians 14:8).
World Mission Centre was established in 1989 to awake a deeper understanding of world evangelization and to mobilize Christians at a local church level to heed the call of the Great Commission.
At WMC, we believe the local church is the key to the realization and revival of worldwide evangelization. We believe missions should not simply be a program but the DNA and very life of the local church. WMC performs the role of a network facilitator by providing models of recourse, training, and practical guidance to help local churches focus their efforts in the training and placing of missionaries throughout the world. WMC strives to establish local church driven networks that focus on the Least and Unreached People Groups around the world.
Throughout the years, WMC organized and networked several national outreaches in South Africa such as Gospel Taxi Club, People Reaching People and the Gateway Strategy by working with local churches. Some evangelism and outreach concepts such as Week of Bounty and Faith Promise are used in churches all over the world today.
In 1997, the GCOWE (Global Consultation on World Evangelization) Conference met in Pretoria, South Africa to mobilize international churches and missions organizations and implement plans to reach the remaining Least and Unreached People Groups of the world. Here the Joshua Project was begun.
WMC was burdened by the fresh understanding and new statistics of 100 Least Reached People Groups in Southern Africa. In 2000, the organization started Project Focus, a nine month training program in which 51 students were trained by international pastors, businessmen and professors in theology, evangelism, character development and church planting. These 51 students then led teams and worked among the unreached people groups.
Today, 99 of the 100 unreached people groups have at least one self-sustaining church and viable Christian presence within it. The training was so effective that WMC decided to edit and codify the video lectures and place them on a portable format which is now known as Live School.
The Live School curriculum now acts as a portable seminary, bringing missions training to indigenous believers around the world. The curriculum has been translated into seven languages, with two more coming soon, and four more in the future. Over 600 schools are currently running in 66 countries with over 7,000 students in training. These students learn through the video lectures, are discipled by school facilitators and then released to preach the gospel and plant churches within their own and neighboring communities.
WMC now acts as the parent organization of Live School and oversees the translation process, technological development and ministry awareness and communication.
The vision of World Mission Centre is to sound a clear call to the Body of Christ for the training, support and sending out of missionaries by local churches. We seek to fulfill this vision through our various ministries and particularly, Live School.