Since 2017 the IPHC vision has been expressed in the catchwords Arise 2033. This effort portrays the IPHC’s drive to reach more people for Christ by the year 2033. The specific Arise 2033 goals can be found at https://iphc.org/gso/.
Though hindered by wars in various world regions and the impact of Covid-19 in 2020-2021, these goals remain an IPHC focus as we obey Jesus’ command to make disciples and reach the lost (Matthew 28:18-20).
As part of the process of Arise 2033, the IPHC Strategic Advisory Council is calling the global church to focus on four areas of spiritual growth and ministry under the heading Arise to Mission: Pray, Participate, Proclaim, and Practice. Starting in January 2024 and continuing through 2026, these four themes will be emphasized across the IPHC. While these four themes will be emphasized together over this time period, we will also give special emphasis to them through this year.
Arise to Mission begins on January 10th, 2024, on the IPHC Day of Prayer. The Day of Prayer is a global event when IPHC members and congregations are encouraged to put aside that day for reading the Bible, praying, and fasting. It is part of 21 Days of Prayer that is a major emphasis in January (https://iphc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/21_Days-_of_Prayer-31.pdf). For the next three months there will be special emphasis and weekly devotions related to praying the Word of God.
April-June will focus on Participation in Bible Study through various personal and group study efforts. We are convinced that studying the Bible will lead to greater participation in various aspects of loving ministry in our families, communities, schools, employment, and local congregations.
July-September will emphasize the Proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. This goes beyond effective Sunday pulpit preaching. Most importantly it is how we daily share our faith with those around us and how we can share God’s faithfulness and love.
October-December will prioritize the Practice of our walk with Jesus. This will involve Stewardship of our resources, our time, and our attention.
We are asking the Holy Spirit to empower us in our generation to faithfully engage the nations of the world for Christ as we Pray, Participate, Proclaim, and Practice what it is to be disciples of Jesus Christ.