- Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church
The church must always show compassion, always… A good Samaritan doesn't stop and ask the injured person. 'Are you legal or illegal?
- President, National Association of Evangelicals
Why is immigration policy important to evangelicals? Certainly because we believe what the Bible teaches about treatment of “aliens in the land.” It is also because so many Hispanic, African and Asian immigrants are evangelical Christians who are in our denominations and churches by the millions. They are us.
- Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
As we've ministered to immigrants, many have come to know Jesus. Immigration presents an opportunity to "make disciples of all nations" right in our own neighborhoods! The immigrants in our church – some of whom brought a vibrant faith with them to the United States and others of whom met Jesus here for the first time – have blessed us in a myriad of ways and become powerful agents of God's mission. My hope and prayer is not only that many of the undocumented immigrants in our country would eventually be allowed to become U.S. citizens, but – more importantly – that many more would embrace the God who invites them to be citizens of his eternal kingdom.
- Missiologist & President, Asbury Theological Seminary
86% of the immigrant population in North America are likely to either be Christians or become Christians. That’s far above the national average…The immigrant population actually presents the greatest hope for Christian renewal in North America… This group that we want to keep out is actually the group that we most need for spiritual transformation… We shouldn’t see this as something that threatens us. We should see this as a wonderful opportunity.
- Former General Secretary, Reformed Church of America
Much has been written about the way that growing numbers of “millennials” are walking away from the church. Yet while millennials are walking out the front door of U.S. congregations, immigrant Christian communities are appearing right around the corner, and sometimes knocking at the back door. And they may hold the key to vitality for American Christianity.
- Pastor of Church Multiplication, Church at Brook Hills
While we must continue to send missionaries throughout the world, we must also recognize the Great Commission Opportunity that is present in Western nations. Something is missionally malignant when we are willing to send people across the oceans, risking life and limb and spending enormous amounts of money, but we are not willing to walk next door and minister to the strangers living there. (Source: Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission, InterVarsity Press, 2012, page 33)
- Chancellor, Bethlehem Bible College & Seminary
I would like to see us as a country find a way to provide for illegal immigrants to stay but still have them pay a reasonable penalty. Such a solution would give honor to the law and show mercy to the immigrants, whose situations are so varied and so many. It's not an easy, black-and-white, "they disobeyed, so get 'em out of here" issue. There's a lot of exploitation. We've benefited a lot from these people, etc.
- President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
In terms of the Great Commission, right here in our home, right here in the United States, right in our own towns, we’ve never faced such a Great Commission responsibility. We have never faced such a Great Commission opportunity.