One of the most important Christian thinkers and influencers in the world died yesterday. Sadly, most evangelicals in Britain will not even have heard of him.
Rather than saying God is a missionary God and therefore we should do mission, we might be better saying that God is holy and that we should be holy. This doesn't mean that we don't do mission - but it shapes the way we go about it.
This is the last post on this series and looks at the two most important questions that British mission agencies have to grapple with. Should Our Agency Still Exist? There are two levels to this question. The first is whether the work that the agency is doing in "the field" is still relevant or needed. … Continue reading Does Your Mission Agency Have A Mission V
Corporate reflection, based on the Bible with input from mission history and the social sciences is the main job of mission leadership today; everything else springs from this.
Over the last year, I have read 133 books, some good, some less so and some awful! Here is December's offering with a mention of my two favourite books of the year.
The bottom line is that we have to change our approach to make it possible for Christians from other countries and cultures to contribute to the life of our boards and agencies. This isn't always easy, but, to be blunt, if we aren't interested in changing the way that you do things so that we can learn from brothers and sisters from around the world, then we probably shouldn't be serving in mission work.
Some thoughts on where I ran in 2018 and where I'm planning to run in 2019. Anyone want to join me?
In order to attract funds and recruits, mission agencies have an interest in depicting other people as needy and unable to help themselves without outside help. However, things are always more complex than this.
I believe that it is perfectly possible for British mission agencies to continue without making any changes. We can continue to tell our stories, raise funds and mobilise recruits and we can have all of the trappings of success, while becoming increasingly irrelevant to the wider world.
In which I attempt to define objective criteria for distinguishing between short-term and long-term mission.