In Scatter, missions innovator Andrew Scott sounds a call for a new era of missions, one that uses the global marketplace for gospel growth and sees every Christian—engineer, baker, pastor, or other—as God’s global image bearer.

Andrew has served in over 52 countries and is the U.S. president of one of the world’s largest mission agencies. With eyes on a quickly-growing world and a slower-growing church, he sees that our traditional mission models simply won’t do. Here he gives a guide to change it up.

Helping us see the grand narrative of Scripture and how each of us fits within it, he issues a compelling call: scatter.

"Our sojourning on this earth is not a holding pattern as we wait to enter heaven but a time of great purpose."



A native of Northern Ireland, Andrew Scott has served as president and chief executive officer of OM USA since July, 2010. He originally joined Operation Mobilization in the late 1980s and worked aboard one of its ships, Doulos, for two years. Andrew’s life and worldview was fundamentally changed by the travel, experiences and training he received as a crew member.

Upon returning home, Andrew completed studies in theology with a minor in youth ministry, then became associate pastor in one of Ireland’s largest Baptist churches. During this time God impressed on his heart the important role that vibrant local communities of believers play in His plan for the world. Andrew and his young family later returned to OM and served on the Doulos for another five years. During this time, he directed care and development initiatives for the team of approximately 300 international missionaries living on board.

In 2002 Andrew moved to the United States to lead the recruitment at OM with a special focus on college students. Through his many visits to college campuses, he quickly became aware of the huge potential for a mass movement of millennial-generation believers to change the face of international missions.

Andrew saw that many of the students had a profound yearning to live their lives for a greater cause and were looking for an outlet to explore this desire. The next years were given to helping clear a path for their service.

Andrew recently completed writing his first book, entitled Scatter. This work examines the unique challenges faced by the modern-day missions movement and proposes creative solutions for success in the new century. Watching the eyes of young people light up when they hear the book’s message has brought Andrew tremendous encouragement. His desire is that it will inspire a new generation to “scatter” into the hardest, furthest and darkest parts of the world, where they may experience an incredible adventure with God.

Passionate about soccer, Andrew plays in an indoor league almost weekly, which has become even more fulfilling now that his son Daniel has joined the team. His love for animals has led to the additional hobby of showing and breeding Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and, even after visiting 75+ countries, he still enjoys international travel (especially when scuba diving is included). His greatest joy, however, is sharing life with his lovely wife Sharon, and watching their children Ana and Daniel grow into incredible Christ-centered adults.


"Before God put an atom together in this vast universe He designed who you were to be."



David Platt, NYT Bestselling Author of Radical and President, IMB

"I thank God for Andrew Scott and his vision for mobilizing multitudes more men and women from the church for mission in the world. Indeed, we must wake up to the extremely vast lostness of the nations and the extraordinarily unique opportunities God has given ordinary Christians to take the gospel to them. I pray that God will use this book to open your eyes to the unique part you were created to play in His good, grand, and glorious purpose in the world."

Tim Breene, CEO World Relief, former Chief Strategy Officer Accenture, co -author of Jumping the S-Curve

"When we are bound too closely to a framed way of seeing or to a certain paradigm, it blocks our ability to see or imagine different realities or futures. In his book, Andrew offers us a compelling case for revisiting our Western Missions paradigm and an inspiring challenge to engage in new ways."

Steve Moore, Executive Director, nexleader, author of While You Were Micro-Sleeping and Seize the Vuja dé

"The open secret in North American mission is the model that served us well for the first 150 years of sending is not going to survive the pressures of rapid change and globalization in the 21st Century. In Scatter, Andrew Scott speaks passionately and prophetically about what it would look like to unleash the diverse gifts of the body into the nations bearing the image of Christ. For some this will be provocative. For many it will be liberating."

Durwood Snead, Director of globalX at North Point Community Church

"I am excited about Andrew Scott’s new book Scatter that boldly confronts a huge problem – declining mission effectiveness. Thankfully, Andrew also presents a compelling solution – mobilizing excellent business professionals to take their vocations and faith around the world, introducing people to Jesus while working authentically in the marketplace."

Bill Mitchell, Lead Pastor, Boca Raton Community Church Founder, WORLDLEAD

"Andrew has a fresh vision for missions that the American church needs to hear. He believes it is time to move beyond only sending money and short-term teams to the various countries. I have observed Andrew's work in over 15 countries and it is working. His passion is not theoretical but practical and workable."

Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers-USA

"The reformation brought us a rediscovery of the priesthood of the believer. In Scatter, Andrew Scott calls for a second reformation, with world-changing implications — a rediscovery of the missionhood of the believer! It’s time for "all hands on deck.” A new paradigm is needed to release the latent potential of the 99%. Every disciple is called not only to know Christ, but to make him known. Imagine the impact if everyone brought their personalities, passions and professions to bear for God’s greater glory!"

Jason Howard, Executive Director of Mobilization, Stonecreek Church

"As a former marketing director and current missions leader on staff of a church, Scatter makes me excited for what’s possible in the next decade. Scatter is a mandatory read for every Christian to understand how to engage our new world of work and missions."

Dr. Hans Finzel, President of HDLeaders and best selling author of The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

"We will never reach the world for Jesus with the worn out wineskins of yesterday’s missionary methods. Andrew Scott’s refreshing new book is a call to totally rethink how we send God’s people to impact the nations. Instead of sending expensive professional Christians, it is time to get back to the New Testament model of launching Christian professionals."

Jake Ayers, a 20 something and mentor to many millennials

"Scatter speaks to a generation that is waiting for permission to step into the purpose God has uniquely created them for. Andrew challenges the "What am I meant to do?" mindset, inspires us to be who we are, where we are, and impassions innovative new approaches to reaching the unreached."

Dan & Suzie "DUZIE" Potter International Next Generation Specialists

"Finally, a book that skillfully connects personal passion, talent and occupation with the needs of a Global World. The next generation desires to live authentic, significant, and passionate Lives. Scatter embraces this, as it reminds and reframes "mission" into Living fully alive where you are needed most!"

Jeff Walters, Lead Pastor of Missions & Church Planting, Pinelake Church

"I have a PhD in missions and have many books on my shelf I would be hesitant to give away to people wanting to live missionally. I would feel good giving Scatter to anyone."

Louie Giglio, Passion City Church // Passion Conferences Author of The Comeback

"Throughout history one of the greatest hindrances to fulfilling the global mission of Jesus is the idea that people must leave what they are doing and begin doing something new for the Kingdom. The radical idea unpacked in Scatter is that it’s likely that “what you are already doing” just might be the best door opener for you to be able to join God in his global work. It’s not about what you do, it’s about doing whatever you do for the sake of reflecting the face of Jesus to the world. This book frees us to pursue our dreams, and assures us that the gifting and talents we have been given can be used to sew into the story of Jesus. Andrew Scott is a perfect guide for this journey. His passion for the people of the world and his unique positioning in God's Kingdom enterprise, qualify him in an extraordinary way. Andrew helps break the missions-myth (that only highly gifted preachers are best suited to share Jesus with the world) and allows each of us to see how we are already specifically gifted and called to God's great gospel adventure. "

"Living for the purposes and glory of God does not speak primarily to your vocation in life; it speaks to your motivation."