AboutEnds of the Earth Network
The story of Ends of the Earth Network started in hearts of small group of
Jesus’ followers in a living room in southern Ohio in 2005.
These 10-12 people had one thing in common that drew them together—a passion to see
Jesus known among the nations and a desire to be part of seeing the last
unreached people groups on earth reached with the gospel.
Our discipleship network in India and the HUB in Rome are both fruits of the lives of those
who committed themselves to come together in those early days to pray and
seek the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into the harvest fields.
Through this vibrant fellowship of Great-commission minded believers Ends
of the Earth Network was born!
Todd & Christie Kinkaid
Todd and Christie were married in August 1991 and moved to the mission field full time in December of that same year. They subsequently served 12 years overseas in Haiti, France and Uganda (East Africa). After that, they returned to the USA where they were instrumental in planting a very mission-minded local church in southern Ohio. During their 11 years in the pastorate, they were part of initiating a disciple-making network in largely unreached north India that is still active today.
In 2014, the Kincaids moved to Rome, Italy to start the HUB in Rome (see “Our Work” for more info). They have been actively involved in seeing this new work founded in Rome as well as developing new disciple-making networks in places like Iran and Bangladesh. Todd and Christie have three children: Michael and Adam, who now live in the USA, and Madison who lives in Rome with them.
Laddie is an integral part of the Ends of the Earth team. Most of what he does is behind the scenes, but he has also traveled quite extensively to India and Europe in seeing the groundwork laid for these endeavors. Laddie was an integral part of the founding of our network and the work in India and Rome. Based in the USA, his role is multi-faceted serving as the stateside liason for those serving overseas as well as helping with administration, shepherding and counseling. Laddie and his wife, Debi, live in Proctorville, Ohio, USA.
Ends of the Earth Network is intentionally diverse; we embrace those from different streams of the Church who can agree on the core doctrines of the historic Christian faith. We aim to be a catalyst for reconciliation and unity in Christ’s Body, not sectarianism and division. Those who can unify around worship of the triune God, the vision of reaching our generation with the gospel through the multiplication of disciples, and agreement on the core doctrinal truths of historic Christianity will be welcomed to participate in this movement.
Above all, we want to be faithful to the admonition of the Scriptures. We long to see the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17:11-12 fulfilled:
Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.
Similarly, our hearts resonate with the prayer of the Apostle Paul for the church in Ephesians:
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3).
We do believe doctrine is important. We want to be faithful to the Scriptures. However, we don’t want our desire for doctrinal ‘purity’ to outweigh our love for our brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:7-21). Regardless of our doctrinal distinctions, we seek to love and show Christ to all:
• In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
• In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
• In all our beliefs — we show love.
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)
We believe the Apostles’ Creed is a doctrinally sound barometer around which most followers of Christ can rally. The Creed developed from the “Rule of Faith” that emerged from the writings of several early Church Fathers. It was used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome.
The creed was designed as a statement of the essentials of the faith as espoused by the Apostles, although there is no assertion that it was crafted by any of the Apostles. Each of the doctrines found in it can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period. The earliest written version is perhaps the Interrogatory Creed of Hippolytus (ca. 215). It summarizes in relatively few words the broad sweep of Christian belief in a way that is easy to memorize.
It reveals the high value early Church leaders placed on the spiritual formation of baptismal candidates, a process that in some cases lasted three years. During this period of Church history, baptism could lead to persecution or even martyrdom. The creed was retained by Protestant Reformers such as Luther and Calvin in their liturgies, and in the liturgy of the Church of England.
It is widely used among Christians in modern times.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [meaning ‘universal’] Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)
We believe that the Body of Christ can rally around these foundational Christian truths and maintain other distinctions. We can have unity in diversity around the historical apostolic doctrines. For the sake of clarity and understanding, Ends of the Earth Network adheres to the following basic doctrinal understandings:
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. From all eternity, He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit with no beginning or end. These three are co-equal and are one God. This doctrine is called the Trinity.
Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Jesus was conceived of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sins by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15;
1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also dwells in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17;
Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-14
4. About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160
5. About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Part of our makeup as humans is that we are sexual beings. We realize that the mores of society are in constant flux on issues related to human sexuality.
However, we maintain that those seeking affiliation with this ministry must submit to the teaching of the Scriptures in regards to sexuality; in short, God has ordained sexual relations only within the context of a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman who are married. Anything falling outside of these guidelines is deemed sinful in the sight of God and unacceptable in terms of one’s relationship to this Christian ministry.
Genesis 1:27; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10-16; Psalm 8:3-6;
Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Matthew 5:27-28; 19:2-13;
Romans 1:26-27; 3:23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Hebrews 13:4
6. About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must receive it by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. We must turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith to be saved.
Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. From the moment of salvation, the believer is to grow more and more to be like Jesus in the process of sanctification.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; John 10:29; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1-7
1Corinthians 3:10-15; Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
7. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
To be eternally separated from God is Hell.
To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
OUR Core Convictions
We are passionate…
1) To see the Lamb of God worshipped among all peoples, that God’s Name would be
great among the nations (Malachi 1:11) that Jesus would receive His due worship from
every people group on the planet (Psalm 96). This is the final destination of all human
history: “All nations will come and worship before you…” (Rev. 15:4). Our focus,
therefore, as a network is on those peoples and places that have yet to be reached with
the gospel (Rom. 15:20) and become worshippers of the one true King (unreached
2) To see the local church be held in high regard. Scripture describes the Church as “the
fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Eph. 1:23) and that “through the
Church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known” (Eph. 3:10). We believe
that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as expressed through the local assembly of believers, is
the hope of all peoples of the world (Acts 4:12). The core issue in missions, therefore, is
access to the gospel as expressed through a local fellowship of believers. Making and
gathering disciples, therefore, is the primary work in missions. Establishing vibrant local
fellowships of Christ-followers is the primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission
as taught in the Scriptures and should, therefore, be a priority in our efforts to reach the
unreached. We believe this to be the New Testament model.
3) To keep prayer central in all that we do. We believe prayer to be foundational to all the
Lord desires to accomplish in the world. It is critical for those on the front lines of
pioneer mission efforts to be covered and supported by regular, fervent intercession.
Prayer, as one person has accurately stated, is not important to the work, “it is the
work!” (Rom. 15:30). We live in a fallen world that is at enmity with God and opposes
His truth; therefore, God’s purpose among the nations will often be accomplished
through suffering, sacrifice, and hardship. Any advancement of the kingdom of Christ
into the darkness will be met with warfare (Acts 26:17-18; Ephesians 6:10-20). An
accompanying commitment to extraordinary prayer is essential.
4) To see every believer esteemed as a gifted minister. It is our conviction that we need
the whole body of Christ engaged and cultivating God-honoring relationships beyond
themselves, in order to see the Great Commission completed. We believe the
completion of the Great Commission is a binding obligation on the whole Church of
Jesus Christ today. This is best accomplished in collaborating beyond ourselves and
partnering in Kingdom initiatives with other like-minded groups. We believe God will
always supply His church with sufficient resources to complete the task (Psalm 67:1-6).
5) To commit to the pastoral care of those we send. The physical, emotional and spiritual
needs of those God sends are of primary importance. Missionary attrition and “burn
out” are very high in the day in which we live. Therefore, we will not only seek to send
out teams to the unreached peoples of the world, but commit to provide adequate
pastoral support for them after they are sent.
6) To see indigenous leaders raised up and equipped for the work of the ministry. This is
critical to the multiplication of vibrant local fellowships and must accompany any
disciple-making movement. God gave gifted apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds,
and teachers to build up the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16). We are called to equip
such workers for God’s global cause.
7) To see biblical mission rooted in community. We believe those who are sent out should
do so in a team context. Having a team on the field gives automatic support,
community, accountability, and other advantages. We will endeavor to send out teams,
as Jesus and the early church exemplified in the New Testament (Luke 10:1-3; Acts 13:1-
5; 15:36-41) and to see those teams carry out mission in the context of community on
8) To view godly character as primary. We believe that the “inner life” of the mission
team is an integral part of the work. God desires to do a deep work in us before doing a
great work through us. Thus, our pursuit of God’s purposes among the nations is paired
with our pursuit of intimacy with God both individually and corporately (Psalm 46:10).
The greatest need in mission is not for more activity (though more activity is certainly
necessary), but more men and women of godly character. Voices all around tell us that
we should be busy and rushed. God is slower. His goal is Christ-likeness in the inner
person. The best strategy for world missions is to go deep with God!
9) To see the Body of Christ be united. The Great Commission can only be fulfilled through
cooperation of Christ-followers throughout the world. There is no room for
competition, territorialism, or personal, organizational, or denominational “castle-
building.” We are seeking to build God’s Kingdom, not ours! Jesus is doing new and
beautiful things in uniting His people. We are not talking about organizational sameness,
but spiritual unity created by Jesus’ dwelling among us. “Is Christ divided?” (1 Cor. 1:13).
Of course not!
10) To see mission initiatives be strategically focused. We must focus on what God has
specifically called us to do. We cannot get involved in everything. Often, the good is
the enemy of the best. We must strategically focus our efforts and see each
commitment as part of an integrated whole (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:47). Our God-designed
finiteness limits what any one of us can effectively undertake. Therefore, our mission
initiatives need to be strategic in order to bring maximum glory to Christ. The central
questions become: “What does it mean to complete God’s purpose among the
nations?” “What strategic opportunities remain?” “In which one(s) is God calling us to
be His channel of blessing?” That is where we focus.