"While the Western mission enterprise has played a significant role in the more recent spread of the gospel, changes in its assumptions and practices are long overdue and absolutely necessary." But...
A short thought about mission agency magazines and then a very good graphic from one of them.
This post is brought to you by the number 4! The title captures the gist.
The church is growing faster than it ever has done before and the world mission force is more diverse than at any time in history. We should be encouraged by these things - but we can't afford to be complacent.
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.
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.
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.
Five things that may indicate that a mission agency is facing a crisis.