Some initial observations about the use of social media by mission agencies in the UK.
In the popular imagination, missionaries are people who give up everything to go and serve God in faraway places. However, in the real world, when missionaries come to raise funds for their work, they often have budgets which dwarf the salaries of the people they are trying to get to support them.
There is no hard and fast definition of what constitutes a missionary, but here are four qualities that are part of the whole.
I don’t think we are necessarily at that point yet, but I do think that British mission agencies will need to consider whether a registered charity is the best organisational vehicle for them to carry out their calling.
So you want to be a missionary; what should you do? This question has one easy answer; talk to your church leaders and tell them about it. There are two basic reasons for this, the first is theological and the second is practical. Theologically, it is churches who send out missionaries, not mission agencies. The […]
In which I am almost persuaded of the need for more translations of the Bible in English and lots of other stuff.
There is not enough cross-fertilisation between those in mission agencies and churches. We have things to learn from each other, but we have different peer and social groups, attend different conferences and, I would argue, we don’t respect one another’s expertise, contribution and concerns enough.
Some interesting stuff, some encouraging stuff and some downright disturbing stuff. A roundup of things that have caught my eye over the last month or two.
I’ve spent the last couple of days looking at the Charity Commission reports on the British mission agencies that I’ve been tracking for a few years now. It’s as exciting an occupation as it sounds! However, crunching the numbers through an Excel spreadsheet is always an interesting occupation.
Today, I’ve uploaded a significant document which is the culmination of a number of months collecting and analysing data about mission agencies in the UK. The study gives some historical background to the mission agency sector and then takes a detailed look at what agencies are actually doing today. The paper demonstrates that significant corrolations […]