Tom Lin

Vice President of Missions and Director of Urbana, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
United States

Tom Lin loves planting ministries nationwide and internationally, and is passionate about mobilizing people to serve God’s global mission.

After graduating from Harvard in 1994, Tom planted new InterVarsity chapters at Harvard and Boston University, worked as a HR director of a Fortune 500 company, and served as a leadership pastor in San Francisco. From 2002-2006, Tom planted and served as IFES country director of the Mongolian student movement.

He is the author of Losing Face, Finding Grace and Pursuing God’s Call. Tom also currently serves as Lausanne international deputy director for North America, is a board member of Missio Nexus and Leadership and Legacy Foundation, and is former vice-chairperson of the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Blog posts by Tom Lin

By Tom Lin

If we are going to be people who put ourselves in service of Christ and His mission in the world, then we must be willing to face the reality of what Ferguson represents to our Black brothers and sisters.

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We do Urbana because there is a need for Urbana. As we look around the world, there is urgency in challenging this generation to engage globally, to grasp biblical foundations of mission, and to discern vocational calling in the midst of the world’s needs.

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The New Normal in missions presents exciting opportunities. But three things will make this journey much harder than we might think. 1. Perceived Power Loss...

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As we celebrate the growth and initiative of the Global South, as we commit ourselves to humble servant-hood, is there still a place for us in God’s global mission? Yes!

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Leslie Newbigin wisely suggests that the North American Church must “learn afresh what it means to bear witness to the gospel from a position not of strength but of weakness.”

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We live in a changing world. In many ways, our world has already changed to the point where what is considered "normal" must be redefined.

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God has a mission. God has acted in history—and is still acting now—to reconcile people from every nation and all of creation to himself. He is the primary agent of his mission. He began his mission, and he continues to work it out in greater love and power than we can imagine.

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I asked her a question as our time concluded, “If there’s one thing you tell this generation of students and young adults, what would you say?” She didn’t hesitate. “I want them to know that we need people to come here and die for Christ.”