The way forward will be a partnership that finds a way to allow the local congregation to be the primary engine of missions while at the same time utilising the vast experience and expertise of mission bodies to equip, enable and coordinate the church in its task. The role of mission societies should be to come alongside the congregations with their expertise and administrative structures to equip the church for its missionary task. For this to happen, a renaissance and institutional transformation of these missions organisations must take place.
From Introducing Christian Mission Today p.425
I have it in mind to do a chapter by chapter run through of this book if I can summon up the energy. It will certainly be a good discipline. Though I have other things to finish reading first.