Eddie and Sue Arthur

Being Pragmatic Doesn’t Always Work

Just a short quote for today, but I think it’s a brilliant one.

The missionary task is not like working on an assembly line whereby the factory employee produces a set number of widgets every workday. During the latter twentieth century, an evangelical pragmatism developed that resulted in many leaders seeking the latest and greatest methods to increase the numbers of people who were part of their churches. This divorce of our field-based methods from healthy missiology rooted deeply in a biblical and theological foundation resulted in numerous problems in the kingdom—the number of live bodies increased in our churches but not always with an equivalent increase in conversions and sanctification.

From the introduction to Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (Evangelical Missiological Society Series Book 21)

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One Comment on “Being Pragmatic Doesn’t Always Work

  1. I see what you did there, Eddie.

    It leads me to strengthen my resolve — to be pragmatic, not because it works, but because it is right!

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