Our church seems to be going in a different direction as the Great Commission (GC) goes. While our last pastor was actively involved in reaching out to the community as a church body, our new pastor's style is to disciple the church as individuals to go out and reach the community. There seems to be an "either / or" mentality as to what the Church's role is in the GC. My thoughts: What is the role of the Church? Who is the Great Commission for? Mat 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. Mat 28:17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Mat 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." There are 4 views who this could be for, if it's believed it's for the apostles only: 1. Given to the apostles, as apostles (therefore only for the apostolic times). 2. Given to the apostles, as preachers (therefore for all preachers throughout the ages). 3. Given to the apostles, as representatives of the church (therefore for the church throughout the ages, both local and universal). 4. Given to the apostles, as individual Christians (therefore for Christian individuals throughout the ages). First, notice verse 17... "And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." Those who doubted couldn't have been the disciples, as they already had that issue put behind them...they were all convinced at this point. This shows the GC going out not only to the 11, but to the rest of the followers as well. This makes the GC for all believers...and the Church is composed of all believers. Matthew 16:18...the first time Church is found...it is singular, not plural. Verse 19 shows what this group of believers (the Church) was supposed to do..."make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,". What the text does not say is "make believers", as this is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict and draw, but to make "learners". The greek phrase 'matheteuo pas ethnos' (pronounced math-ate-you-o pos eth-nose) means to instruct / teach / enrol as a scholar all races, tribes, foreigners and by implication, all pagans, who were the gentiles, heathens, nations....this is everyone! Church is composed of believers. Church's responsibility is to teach the Gospel, reach the lost, and disciple other believers. It's not an "either / or"...it's "both" in my view. What are your thoughts pertaining to who the GC is intended for? It has been said that non calvinists are more for evangelism than calvinists, something I don't necessarily agree with in all circumstances (although my new pastor is a calvinist).