Some random (and incomplete) thoughts about churches and mission agencies.
Volunteer missionary societies developed because the ecclesiologies of the period proved insufficient for the missionary task.
An excellent, thoughtful book which looks at some of the underlying problems of the American mission movement.
Various thoughts on a number of issues all raised by an excellent blog post.
A hypothetical scenario which looks at how an agency might change if it reflected on what God is doing across the world.
“However some of the ways that mission agencies are structured and the systems and processes involved haven’t changed for a long time.” Discussion of a blog post from New Zealand.
Can the old wineskin of the Western mission agencies serve the new wine of the rising world mission movement? This is a massive challenge and one which technology alone will not solve.
For those who have never been members of a mission agency, especially serving overseas, it is difficult to describe what it is like. You work with people who share the same vocation, the same underlying beliefs, motivation and passion. It’s more than just working together, it goes far deeper than that.
The future of mission doesn’t lie in structures or strategies…
I have been asking one question; “why are people going off and doing their own thing?” When I should, perhaps, have been asking another;