Dr. Cuthbert Hall spoke on The Young Men of the Future Ministry—how fire them with the missionary passion?

“The passion of a Christlike love for lives develops in the soul of a Christian disciple from the presence in himself of powers and activities that reflect the mind of Christ.

These are:

  • a clear vision of what the world is and needs;
  • a deep feeling of compassion towards the world;
  • active effort for the world, even to giving His life a ransom for many.

Out of this triad of powers issued the passion of His love of human lives—the boundless, fathomless, deathless love of Christ for man. The minister of Christ may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, may have all knowledge, may have a faith that could remove mountains—if he have not the passion of a Christlike love, he has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.

“The problem of the divinity school is this:

not how to train an occasional man for the foreign field, but how to kindle the missionary passion in every man that passes through the school, that he may thereby become an able minister of Christ.

The primary and essential thing is that there shall be within the school a sacred altar of missionary passion, whereat the torch of every man shall be kindled, and the lip of every man shall be touched with the living coal. For the sake of the man who possibly has gifts for service abroad, the divinity school should be hot with zeal for evangelisation, should be charged with solemn anxiety for the world’s condition, so that no man can live within its walls without facing for himself the solemn question,

Is it Christ’s will for me that I go forth to serve Him in the regions beyond?

“As for the man who shall enter the pastorate at home, he requires the missionary passion to make him great in sympathy, apostolic in his view of Christ and Christianity.

To overcome the resistance of ignorance and prejudice, to awaken the attention of apathetic minds, which are blinded to the large question of the world’s evangelisation, to educate the Church’s intelligence, to raise at home the supplies that shall maintain the work of God abroad, the pastor needs nothing less than the missionary passion. But the man who is thus to conquer must first himself be conquered and set on fire of God.

“The study of missions is slowly rising to the rank of a theological discipline.

But the study of missions as a discipline of the divinity school cannot by itself bring to pass that setting on fire of the future ministry with the missionary passion. I see other forces at work which make for that glorious end.

I see developing a new conception of the ministry that must attract toward it many of the most gifted and consecrated of our young men. In many a college to-day are found the very flower of our youth, to whom the ministry appears not as a reserved and gloomy world of ecclesiastical technicalities, but as the King’s own highway to joyful and abundant service. I see a spirit developing among our young men that portends a vast accession of missionary enthusiasm for the ministry of the future.

Personal consecration for personal service is a conception of living that grows more and more attractive to a multitude of our finest minds. Out of this class of minds shall be gathered the ministry of the future. It shall be a Christ-filled ministry, beholding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, worshipping Him with the enthusiasm of an absolutely fearless affection, and presenting Him as the only Name under heaven whereby men can be saved.

It shall be a missionary ministry, full of passion to redeem, clear-eyed to discover the ongoing of Christ’s work, faithful in its stewardship at home and abroad, apostolic in its assurance that Christ has ordained it to bear much fruit, apostolic in its eagerness to spread far and wide the gospel of the risen and ascended Lord, apostolic in its hope that the unseen and crowned Saviour shall surely come again.”

Murray, Andrew. The Key to the Missionary Problem. London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1902.