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I thank God for Andrew Scott and his vision for mobilizing multitudes more men and women from the church for mission in the world. Indeed, we must wake up to the extremely vast lostness of the nations and the extraordinarily unique opportunities God has given ordinary Christians to take the gospel to them. I pray that God will use this book to open your eyes to the unique part you were created to play in His good, grand, and glorious purpose in the world.
David Platt, President, International Mission Board
Throughout history one of the greatest hindrances to fulfilling the global mission of Jesus is the idea that people must leave what they are doing and begin doing something new for the Kingdom. The radical idea unpacked in Scatter is that it’s likely that “what you are already doing” just might be the best door opener for you to be able to join God in His global work. It’s not about what you do; it’s about doing whatever you do for the sake of reflecting the face of Jesus to the world. This book frees us to pursue our dreams, and assures us that the gifting and talents we have been given can be used to sew into the story of Jesus.
Andrew Scott is a perfect guide for this journey. His passion for the people of the world and his unique positioning in God's kingdom enterprise qualify him in an extraordinary way. Andrew helps break the missions-myth that only highly gifted preachers are best suited to share Jesus with the world and allows each of us to see how we are already specifically gifted and called to God's great gospel adventure.
Louie Giglio, Passion City Church // Passion Conferences Author of The Comeback
When we are bound too closely to a framed way of seeing or to a certain paradigm, it blocks our ability to see or imagine different realities or futures. In his book, Andrew offers us a compelling case for revisiting our Western missions paradigm and an inspiring challenge to engage in new ways.
Tim Breene, CEO World Relief, former Chief Strategy Officer Accenture, coauthor of Jumping the S-Curve
The open secret in North American mission is the model that served us well for the first 150 years of sending is not going to survive the pressures of rapid change and globalization in the twenty-first century. In Scatter, Andrew Scott speaks passionately and prophetically about what it would look like to unleash the diverse gifts of the body into the nations, bearing the image of Christ. For some this will be provocative. For many it will be liberating.
Steve Moore, Executive Director, nexleader, author of While You Were Micro-Sleeping and Seize the Vuja dé
I am excited about Andrew Scott’s new book Scatter, which boldly confronts a huge problem—declining mission effectiveness. Thankfully, Andrew also presents a compelling solution—mobilizing excellent business professionals to take their vocations and faith around the world, introducing people to Jesus while working authentically in the marketplace.
Durwood Snead, Director of globalX at North Point Community Church
Andrew has a fresh vision for missions that the American church needs to hear. He believes it is time to move beyond only sending money and short-term teams to the various countries. I have observed Andrew's work in over fifteen countries, and it is working. His passion is not theoretical but practical and workable.
Bill Mitchell, Lead Pastor, Boca Raton Community Church Founder, WORLDLEAD
The Reformation brought us a rediscovery of the priesthood of the believer. In Scatter, Andrew Scott calls for a second reformation, with world-changing implications—a rediscovery of the missionhood of thebeliever! It’s time for “all hands on deck.” A new paradigm is needed to release the latent potential of the 99%. Every disciple is called not only to know Christ but to make Him known. Imagine the impact if everyone brought their personalities, passions, and professions to bear for God’s greater glory!
Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers-USA
As a former marketing director and current missions leader on staff of a church, I’m excited for what’s possible in the next decade. Scatter is a mandatory read for every Christian to understand how to engage our new world of work and missions.
Jason Howard, Executive Director of Mobilization, Stonecreek Church
We will never reach the world for Jesus with the worn-out wineskins of yesterday’s missionary methods. Andrew Scott’s refreshing new book is a call to totally rethink how we send God’s people to impact the nations. Instead of sending expensive professional Christians, it is time to get back to the New Testament model of launching Christian professionals.
Dr. Hans Finzel, President of HDLeaders and bestselling author of The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
Scatter speaks to a generation that is waiting for permission to step into the purpose God has uniquely created them for. Andrew challenges the “What am I meant to do?” mindset, inspires us to be who we are, where we are, and champions innovative new approaches to reaching the unreached.
Jake Ayers, A twentysomething and mentor to many millennials
Finally, a book that skillfully connects personal passion, talent, and occupation with the needs of a global world. The next generation desires to live authentic, significant, and passionate Lives. Scatter embraces this, as it reminds and reframes “mission” into living fully alive where you are needed most!
Dan and Suzie Potter, nternational Next Generation Specialists (DUZIE.com)
Vital to the context of our changing world, Andrew has written a guidebook for a new generation of workers who want to use all of the gifts, skills, and talents God has uniquely given them to serve Him on the harvest field. Be ready to put your predisposed thinking of missionaries and missions work aside, for God has opened a great and effective door. I pray as you read you will take the challenge to use your vocation to further the work of the kingdom! Remember, if Jesus holds the keys, then there are no “closed countries” in our world. You just have to take the key!
Chet Lowe, Assistant Pastor, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Author of Living Parables--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00W4LGD4A
- Publisher : Moody Publishers (April 15, 2016)
- Publication date : April 15, 2016
- Language : English
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- Print length : 218 pages
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by Andrew Scott (Chicago: Moody Publisher, 2016), 216 pp, paper $14.99
Andrew Scott, President, and CEO of OM USA, unpacks a radical idea in Scatter. He is “convinced that if we are to see significant change in our world through the light of the gospel going out, we need to set a generation free to be all God has created them to be, using what He has given them to use for His purposes” (pp. 14, 65, 175, 195). His big idea is that Christians will never fulfill the Great Commission (p. 161), and in turn change the world, unless they fulfill the Cultural Mandate as well (pp 15-16 43-45, 47-49, 134, 150). The Cultural Mandate was given to the first couple before the Fall, commanding them to “be fruitful, and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28). The author sees the Mandate still in force, even though it is not repeated anywhere in Scripture after the entrance of sin into the world. Ignoring this crucial detail, Scott sees the task of Christians, as image-bearers of God, to scatter, changing the world as they go (p. 45). And what kind of change should believers seek? Primarily a restructuring of all societies around Christian principles: “If every follower of Jesus lived their life out for His glory, every sector of society would be impacted. We would see media start to change, politics start to change. The business world, sports, arts, medicine, all would start to change” (p. 15). He offers Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and the people of faith in Hebrews eleven, and even the nation of Israel in Egypt, and later in exile, as examples of those who brought about massive culture change.
In order to establish this thesis (pp. 16, 50-55, 60, 137-165) not only does Scott thoroughly misuse, misinterpret and misapply all of these examples, as well as most other biblical texts he offers, he also mutilates the gospel. Actually, the reader will search in vain for any discussion of the biblical gospel, its true purpose and its utter rejection by the world (I Corinthians 1-2). While I have little doubt that Scott believes in the gospel of justification by grace received by faith, his attention is focused clearly on the Social Gospel. If Christians would but live out the image of Christ, so goes Scott’s thesis, they will transform the world economically and politically, as well as in the realms of business and the arts (pp 16, 27-28). “I believe,” he writes, “that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to change everything. And every society, every sector of society, every community, every life needs to experience this gospel in all its fullness” (p. 40). His Social Gospel, based on the Cultural Mandate, has swallowed up the true gospel, as it has done throughout history. As a matter of fact, Scott has blended the two gospels into one postmillennial mix. “God asked His image bearers to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and govern it. . . until there are so many the whole earth is filled with them by conversion and by procreation” (p. 150). Christ has promised to establish His kingdom when He returns, but Scott thinks we can give Him a leg up by mixing the Great Commission with the Cultural Mandate. In the process, the author has missed the uniqueness of the mission of the church, which is to call people out of this crooked and perverted world through the true gospel (Phil 2:15; Gal 1:4), not transform the world through cultural improvements.
The author is concerned because he does not see his vision being accomplished through the present missionary/evangelistic system. He downplays traditional missions and missionaries and depreciates tent-makers as "tent-fakers” (pp. 17, 173-176). His concept is to have American Christians (he falsely believes that one-third of Americans are evangelicals, pp. 37, 183), scatter throughout the world, taking secular jobs that reflect their strengths and interests and, as they do excellent work, the world will take notice and be drawn to Christ (pp. 144-145). While he offers numerous biblical examples of this supposedly happening in the past, he is merely massaging Scripture, not exegeting it. Scott also believes God is raising the millennials to incorporate his scattering philosophy (pp. 179-180, 183-184, 198).
The idea of Christians reflecting the glory of Christ through their work is both excellent and biblical. But the pattern Scott is offering, in which the world will be radically changed if only evangelicals from North America will take jobs abroad and do them well, is naïve, idealistic, unworkable and has no basis in the Bible. This book will appeal to those with little knowledge of history, Scripture or missions, and those predisposed to the Social Gospel agenda. It has little to offer, however, in how to spread the gospel in our world today.
Reviewed by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/teacher at Southern View Chapel
In my college years, I had a major conflict about missions and my future career. I knew that both passions were God given. I began to search for a way I could do both. God used many of my professors and a few close friends to point me in the right direction. After watching my best friend raise his support funding to go mobilize university students to mobilize them to reach the unreached nations, I realized that my church would never be able to financially support me if I went the same route. If they do give financially, I don't want them to give absent mindedly either. I want my church to be part of this experience and actively engaged. My church hasn't sent anyone in many years; I'm in uncharted waters already.
Reading this book has been a big encouragement.
Andrew Scott has penned an incredible book to help the church look beyond the sending agency to help the local church understand we are all missionaries. God has given us all a unique gift and talent to further the Kingdom.
Understanding who we are and being who we are we can and should propagate the gospel through our careers.
Please take time to read this excellent book to help understand Gods plan for the 99% of us that are outside of vocational ministry.
Beautiful in its simplicity, yet profoundly altering.
Leaning into finishing the task of the Great Commission I believe is possible with Scott's Paradigm Shift in reaching all nations.
Scatter and live out life elsewhere. Equal access to the gospel for all.
Millennials are posed to bring the message of Christ to every corner of the earth.
It is not mere duty to bless because we are blessed, it is our destiny,
The principles, statistics, research and presentation in Scatter is a brilliant model to spread the gospel.
An easy read that will rock your world.
Four Zero -40% left unreached, It's our turn. Go therefore and take your job with you! Gamechanger.
Top reviews from other countries
I love the writers view on go forth and multiply where we all as worshippers of God are here to make more worshippers of God. Whether we are 'missionaries' or teachers, business men or bus drivers we all have the same task to show people the glory of God through our lives.
The book is easy to read, practical but at the same time soul searching. If you are from a western 1st world background the stories and statistics will really make you think.
I hope I will see more from this writer.