I’ve probably posted this quote before, but I was rather struck by it in my reading today and decided that it was worth bringing back again.
“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 utilizing 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 organizations must take place.”
From Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History and Issues chapter 11, emphasis mine.