Good, critical feedback on a mission agency’s activities should be absolutely central to any decision making by boards and leadership in the UK. Getting this feedback isn’t easy and it means much more than listening to the people who benefit from what you do. However, if local people are not helping set your agenda, then you are doing something very wrong.
Some mission agencies are doing very well, others rather badly.
If we were serious about the idea that mission is God’s activity and not ours, we would be much less precious about organisational boundaries.
Missionaries often say that they learned far more than they ever taught – but what are the implications of this?
We simply can’t assume that we can go and minister in other people’s back yard without taking their views and understandings into account.
A quick look at trends in mission agency income over five years.
Groups like Extinction Rebellion have managed to mobilise huge numbers of highly motivated young people who are willing to sacrificially devote themselves to a cause that they see as very important. Does this remind you of anything?
Mission agencies could do significantly more to harness the power of social media both to increase cooperation within the agency sector and, more importantly, to allow the voices of Christian partners around the world to be heard without the interpolation of an agency voice.
It is easy to get cynical about Children in Need, the annual event where the nation’s right hands go on national television to declare to their left hands exactly what they have been doing. However, it would be wrong to be too cynical, generosity is a good thing and the amounts that are raised to support various causes are staggering. That being said, there are legitimate questions that can be raised about the whole process and I’d like to focus in on one of them.
Some initial observations about the use of social media by mission agencies in the UK.