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 … Continue reading A Study of Mission Agencies
Logistics is almost certainly one of the most complex issues that agencies need to address, they have systems which have developed over the years to do one job and if that job changes, then the systems will need to change, too.
God is at work around the world, building his church and calling people from everywhere to be involved in the work of cross-cultural mission. If your agency can see no further than mobilising Brits for mission work, then, frankly, you are out of step with what God is doing. You might want to consider shutting up shop.
Local churches may not have the finance or the all-powerful publicity machine that the agencies can bring to bear, but they must not be treated as passive actors who should just stand around and watch while the experts from overseas get on and do their stuff.
If agencies are to react to the issues that face them, they will need to spend significant time reflecting on what is going on in the world, what the Bible teaches and their own practices. Short-term fixes won't do.
Four issues which should force mission agencies to rethink their approach to their work.
Mission agencies essentially do three things: this post introduces them. Later posts in the series will suggest ways in which they need to change.
What I've spent the last four years working on.
The thing is, when we concentrate on measuring deliverables such as finance and recruitment, we can ignore the elephant in the room - what exactly should the agency be doing in this day and age?
Mission agencies face a crisis and they cannot simply mobilise their way out of it.