If agencies are to react to the issues that face them, they will need to spend significant time reflecting on what is going on in the world, what the Bible teaches and their own practices. Short-term fixes won't do.
Four issues which should force mission agencies to rethink their approach to their work.
Mission agencies essentially do three things: this post introduces them. Later posts in the series will suggest ways in which they need to change.
Some quirky Bible stuff, something on persecution, some inspiring mission stories and a consideration of the role of short-term dentists.
Discipleship is, in essence, simply following Jesus. It means forsaking all, despite difficulties, suffering and even death, primarily death to self. Discipleship is in danger of getting lost in trendy terminologies and packaged programmes.
What I've spent the last four years working on.
The thing is, when we concentrate on measuring deliverables such as finance and recruitment, we can ignore the elephant in the room - what exactly should the agency be doing in this day and age?
Mission agencies face a crisis and they cannot simply mobilise their way out of it.
A very worthwhile book for anyone involved in mission support or partnerships.
Lots of interesting stuff, but not a lot of jokes.