We are all familiar with the story of how Jesus selected his band of disciples, lived his life with them and invited them to discover their destiny. This life-on-life approach to ministry continues to this day and the Navigators are seeing generations of people investing their lives in this mission. This is our calling and we believe God is asking us to expand our movement. Success is not simply growing the numbers of ministry staff or a larger budget. While these are important indicators of success, we dream of a movement of dedicated people from every walk of life loving like Jesus and transforming lives, neighbourhoods, and cities.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said “if you want to build a ship, don’t summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work. Rather, teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean.”
Our desire is to help people discover the mission God has for each of them. This mission can be risky and messy, but it’s also thrilling and rewarding. It is a mission characterized by a love for God and a love for people. When we do this, we discover a boundless ocean and the journey of discipleship invites each of us to launch off the shore.
The Canadian Navigators long to see cities in Canada and around the world impacted by the sheer force of the Good News’ redemptive, renewing and restorative power of love. I am excited to say that as we approach nearly fifty years of organizational life in Canada, the movement is alive and well, extending far beyond our ability to control. While we delight in this, we are also committed to raising up new generations to carry the torch into newer and further places.
This year we are committed to expanding our reach in 19 cities across Canada and more than a dozen countries around the world. The chart below shows how we have allocated our financial resources by geographic area.
As you can see we are investing in many parts of the globe. We are learning to embrace the whole city with the whole Gospel. For the Good News to be truly good we are committed to loving the poor and marginalized. For discipleship to be complete we are realizing that each person must embrace a missional way of living. In each city and ministry centre we long to see teams of people working together to advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom.