To equip Bible believing churches and Great Commission ministries throughout America as missionary sending organizations, where every constituent home is a mission outpost for Jesus Christ.
Every home in America would be adopted by neighboring Christians who are committed to ministering to them through long-term, pray-care-share lifestyles.
In below podcast, founder, Chris Cooper shares how he caught the vision for adopting every neighborhood in the U.S. and the events leading up to the creation of this ministry. Chris reveals where the idea for prayer, care and share came from. Click the play arrow below.
BlessEveryHome is a ministry service of the Mapping Center for Evangelism and Church Growth, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1997.
In 1996, a team of Christians in Kansas City partnered with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) in the Jesus Video Project. Through a new prayer-based, relational distribution approach, more than 10,000 Christian households adopted more than 40,000 probable unchurched neighbor homes. During the year those Christians prayed for them, met and ministered to them. Then, during the Christmas Season, they delivered a gift-wrapped Jesus Film VHS tape with cookies and a personal note to those adopted neighbor homes. After Christmas, each participating Christian home had the natural opportunity to follow up when they saw their neighbors.
To help recruit and equip the Christian believers, the leadership team developed the first generation of the unique Online Community Connector outreach system for churches.
This new strategic approach to personal evangelism facilitated several new benefits to the Body of Christ in fulfilling the Great Commission in the United States:
A much higher percentage of church members than ever before got involved in prayer and personal evangelism with their unchurched neighbors;
Members of the same church, who are neighbors, met each other for the first time and worked together;
Neighboring Christian believers met and worked together across church and denominational lines as virtual Gideon's Armies within their neighborhoods;
Churches naturally worked together, often for the first time, across denominational lines as the "Church" to complete the Great Commission;
For the first time, both church and city leadership teams could see maps and progress reports to track the delivery of prayer and the Gospel to virtually every home in the mission field.
Following the success of the Kansas City Jesus Video project in 1996 - Mission America, the Southern Baptist Convention, Assemblies of God, Nazarenes, CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), and other Great Commission churches, denominations, city-reaching movements and ministries all collaborated to launch the Mapping Center for Evangelism and Church Growth as a 501(c)(3) organization to serve churches throughout America who ascribed to the Lausanne Covenant.
We believe God planted each church and ministry with the primary purpose of helping transform their neighbors into vibrant, reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ.
"I have been given all authority over heaven and
earth ... go, therefore ..."
- Matthew 28:18-20
[the Father's intent] "was that now, through the church ... Now to Him
who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us ..."
- Ephesians 3:10-21
"If my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray ..."
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
... [Righteous Father] ... "I have made you known and
will continue to make you known in order that the same love you have for
me will be in them, and I myself will be in them."
- John 17:20-26
Chris Cooper led a team that founded the Mapping Center in 1997 and currently serves as President. Since inception, more than 2,000 churches of all sizes, in many denominations, and in all 50 states have used the Mapping Center to pray for and share the Gospel with millions of homes.
Previously, he was the VP for Development for The I'm Third Foundation that sponsored Christian sports camps for more than 4,000 urban youth from 65 cities throughout America. He also served as the Executive Director of a pro-family organization where he created development and communication strategies used in 35 states. Early in his career, he started a direct response advertising company that he ran for eight years.
Chris grew up in the Chicago area and received a Presidential Appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. In 1969, he transferred to Kansas University and graduated with honors in 1971 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Don Hinman is Chair of the Mapping Center's Board of Directors. He currently is a Data Driven Marketing consultant helping organizations reach new customers and develop relationships with current ones through appropriate use of data. Previously he served as the SVP, Data Strategy for Epsilon Marketing Services. Don is often referred to as "Dr. Data" due to his experience and expertise known across the industry for the creation and use of data in marketing applications.
He is past Chair of the Data and Marketing Association's Committee on Ethical Business Practices. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation. He is a frequent speaker and teacher for conferences and seminars in the direct marketing, CRM and database marketing industries.
He has served as the Executive Vice President and Senior Principal for Allant Professional Services. He also served as the Group Leader for InfoBase Products at Acxiom Corporation. Don received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.
Istvan Dupai is Lead Developer of the Mapping Center's online tools and mobile applications. Being in the web industry for over 20 years, he previously developed several online tools for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) to track world-wide church planting movements. Istvan holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration and a B.S. in Economics.