Impacting nearly 60 million people, the global refugee emergency is a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented size. Never have so many people been recorded as being displaced, put in danger, and sent on the move. In Syria alone, more than 13 million children and their parents need humanitarian aid. Nearly 4.4 million have been forced to flee to neighboring countries for safety.
Moments like these are when Christians cannot remain silent and still. In light of this crisis, we commit ourselves and our churches to actively care for and minister to global refugees with mercy and compassion, both here and abroad, based on God’s compelling concern for all people in need and especially refugees.
In light of these concerns, we affirm the following:
- Refugees possess the image of God and, as such, are infinitely valuable to God and to us.
- We are commanded to love our neighbor, and it is our privilege to love refugees.
- As Christians, we must care sacrificially for the refugee, the foreigner, and the stranger.
- We will motivate and prepare our churches and movements to care for refugees.
- We will not be motivated by fear but by love for God and others.
- Christians are called to grace-filled and humble speech about this issue.
In light of these Christian principles, we cannot allow voices of fear to dominate. Instead, we commit to actions of love and compassion for refugees who have been admitted into our nation(s) in refugee status.
We acknowledge that there are genuine security concerns and encourage governments to be stewards of safety, but we also observe that choosing to come to North America as refugees would be among the least effective ways for those who intend to do us harm.
So, as governments oversee matters of security, we will care for the hurting, calling Christians to embrace refugees through their denomination, congregation or other non-profits by providing for immediate and long-term needs, such as housing, food, clothing, employment, English language classes, and schooling for children.
We distinguish that the refugees fleeing this violence are not our enemies; they are victims. We call for Christians to support ministries showing the love of Jesus to the most vulnerable, those in desperate need, and the hurting. This is what Jesus did; He came to the hurting and brought peace to those in despair.
Critical moments like these are opportunities for us to be like Jesus, showing and sharing His love to the hurting and the vulnerable in the midst of this global crisis. Thus we declare that we care, we are responding because our allegiance is to Jesus, and we seek to be more like Him, emulating His compassionate care for the most vulnerable.
Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of LifeWay Research
Rich Stearns, President of World Vision
Stephan Bauman, President & CEO of World Relief
Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church
Frank Page, CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention
Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God
Jamie Aten, Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute
Sue Elworth, Vice President of Development, Marketing & Communications of the Willow Creek Association
Paul Ericksen, Interim Executive Director of The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy & Policy of World Relief
Amanda Bowman, Director of Church Mobilization of World Vision
Micah Fries, Vice President of LifeWay Research
*Organizations are for identification purposes only.
|First Name||Last Name||City||State||Title||Organization|
|Kimberly||Reisman||West Lafayette||Indiana||Executive Director||World Methodist Evangelism|
|David||Crabb||Minneapolis||MN||Co-founder||The Gospel Fund|
|Matthew||Soerens||Aurora||IL||U.S. Director of Church Mobilization||World Relief|
|Soong-Chan||Rah||Chicago||Il||Professor||North Park Theological Seminary|
|Keelan||Cook||Wake Forest||NC||Urban Resource Coordinator||Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|Beth||Cossin||Fishers||IN||Director||Wesleyan Justice Network, Wesleyan Church|
|Randy||Littlefield||Wichita||Kansas||Assoc Suppperintendent Multiplication Ministries||Evangelical Friends Church|
|Matt||Bennett||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||Director||People to People Ministries|
|Nicholas||Kersten||Milton||WI||Director of Education & History||Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of US & Canada|
|Tony||Burrell||Hammond||IN||Executive Director||The Welcome Network|
|Todd||Unzicker||Durham||NC||Pastor of Missions||The Summit Church|
|Laura||Truax||Chicago||Il||Senior pastor||LaSalle Street Church|
|Alejandro||Mandes||Minneapolis||MN||National Director of Immigrant Mission||The Evangelical Free Church of America|
|Chris||McElwee||West Chicago||IL||Pastor of Local Impact||Wheaton Bible Church|
|Sarah||Blumenshine||Boston||MA||Co-Director, Greater Boston Refugee Ministry||Emmanuel Gospel Center|
|Tom||De Vries||Grand Rapids||MIchigan||General Secretary||Reformed Church in America|
|Scott||Olson||Elgin||Illinois||President & CEO||International Teams|
|Bill||Schuit||Denville||NJ||Global Ministries Director||Liebenzell USA|
|Steve||Jones||Fort Wayne||In||President||The Missionary Church|
|Peter||Howard||Washington DC||DC||Senior Director, Emergency Response||Food for the Hungry|
|Stephen||Offutt||Wilmore||Ky||Professor of Development Studies||Asbury Theological Seminary|
|David||Drury||Indianapolis||IN||chief of staff||The Wesleyan Church|
|Roger||Sandberg||Portland||Oregon||Director of Emergency Relief & Global Security||Medical Teams International|
|Duane||Brown||Wilmore||KY||Senior Director Church Ministry||The Mission Society|
|Paco||Amador||Chicago||IL||Pastor||New Life Community Church|
|Phil||Linton||Northville||MIchigan||World Outreach Director||Evangelical Presbyterian Church|
|Levi||Velasco||Wheaton||IL||President||Global Intercultural Services|
|Steve||Haas||Tacoma||WA||Chief Catalyst||World Vision|
|Diane||Velasco||Wheaton||IL||Mrs.||Global Intercultural Services - GLINTS|
|Scott||Gustafson||Grand Rapids||MI||Middle East Director||Purpose Global Strategies|
|Brian||Stiller||Toronto||Ontario Canada||Global Ambassador||World Evangekcal Alliance|
|Mariam||Varghese||Pompano beach||Fl||VP of Ministry Operations||OneHope|
|Earl||James||New Brunswick||NJ||Coordinator for Missional Mosaic||Reformed Church in America|
|Rick||Kingham||Bedford||TX||President||The Center For Glocal Leadership|
|Mike||Young||Rockford||IL||Regional VP||Kids around the world|
|Sam||George||Vernon Hills||IL||Executive Director||Parivar International|
|Bob||Bouwer||Dyer||Indiana||Sr Pastor||Faith Church (RCA)|
|Noel||Yeatts||Forest||VA||Vice President||World Help|
|AJ||Thomas||Bangor||ME||Rev.||Pathway Wesleyan Church|
|Brian||Kaylor||Jefferson City||Missouri||Generational Engagement Team Leader||Churchnet|
|Michael||Wear||Reston||VA||Founder||Public Square Strategies LLC|
|Darien||Gabriel||Summerville||Sc||Pastor||Grace christian fellowship|
|Edward||Smither||Columbia||SC||Professor and Dean||Columbia International University|
|Jonathan||Opgenorth||Orange City||Iowa||Senior Pastor||Trinity Reformed Church|
|Robert||Hocutt Jr||Greensboro||NC||Program Coordinator||The 5:14 Initiative|
|Tim||McGhee||Powell||Tennessee||Elder for Missions||First Baptist Church, Powell|
|Tom||Albinson||Minneapolis||MN||President||International Association for Refugees (IAFR)|
|Josh||Branum||Clarksville||Tennessee||Associate Pastor of Missions||Living Hope Baptist Church|
|Paul||Fries||Richland Center||Wisconsin||President||Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention|
|Rob||Clements||Orono||ON||Director||Clements Publishing Group Inc.|
|Joel||Richardson||Author, Speaker, Film-maker||JoelsTrumpet.com|
|Timothy||Chan||Newark||California||Elder||IMprint Church of Fremont|
|Brantley||Gasaway||Lewisburg||PA||Associate Professor||Bucknell University|
|Matt||Stacy||Atlanta||Georgia||Lead Planter||Tapestry Church|
|Marty||Duren||Hermitage||TN||Editor||Kingdom in the Midst|
|Jason||Dillingham||Pinconning||MI||Pastor||The Wesleyan Church|
|Derek||Vreeland||St. Joseph||MO||Discipleship Pastor||Word of Life Church|
|Philip||Hamner||Overland Park||KS||Senior Pastor||Overland Park Church of the Nazarene|
|Thomas||Richards||Fulton||New York||Refugee focus||International Teams|
|Olivia||Metcalf||Nampa||Idaho||Pastor||Northwest Nazarene university|
|Kaylan||Paxton||Quinlan||Texas||Lead Pastor||Grace Baptist Church|
|Michael||Edwards||Bowling Green||Ky||Pastor for Local Impact||Living Hope Baptist|
|Sanuel||Rogers||Marion||SC||Pastor||Reedy Creek Baptist|
|Todd||Korpi||Flint||Michigan||Lead Pastor||The Cathedral|
|Matthew||Johnson||Searcy||AR||Pastor||Saint Paul United Methodist Church|
|Kendra||Lubiens||Nampa||Idaho||Marketing Coordinator||Northwest Nazarene University|
|Rhonda||Bare||Kirkland||WA||Associate Pastor||Church of the Nazarene|
|Matt||Snowden||Waco||TX||Dr.||First Baptist Church of Waco|
|George||Bullard||Columbia||SC||General Secretary||North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance|
|Zachary||Hicks||Seaboard||NC - North Carolina||Mr.||Severn Baptist Church|
|Bruce||Barnard||New York||N.Y.||Director of Operations||Metro New York District for the Church of the Nazarene|
|Richard||Btowning||Laceys Spring||AL||Minister||Valhermoso Baptist Church|
|Gabriel||Catanus||Chicago||IL||Lead Pastor||Second City Gospel Church|
|Dylan||Does||Marshalltown||Iowa||Lead Pastor||Restore Church|
|Cynthia||Meal Kimball||Wheaton||Il||Professor||Wheaton College|
|Greg||Long||Sturgis||Michigan||Pastor||Sturgis Baptist Church|
|Christopher||Brown||Aurora||IL||Small Group Leader||Community Christian Church|
|Lon||Snyder||Kent||OHIO||Missions Pastor||Riverwood Community Chapel|
|Jonathan||Davis||Urbanna||VA||Director and Founder||Small Town Churches Network, USA|
|Jason||Eeten||Ellhorn||Wisconsin||Pastor of Student Ministries||Southern Lakes EFC|
|Thomas||Smith||Jackson||MS||Former Missionary||International Mission Board|