If our character is an important factor in how we go about mission, then we need to ensure that the right supporting structures are in place.
"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.
There are still billions of people who have not heard about Jesus and the number is growing. Despite the amazing efforts put into world mission, the population of the globe is growing faster than our evangelistic efforts
Three excellent videos that are well worth watching.
Financial constraints are pushing agencies towards using a funding model which may well not be sustainable. You don't need to be an economic guru to see that there is a significant problem here.
The way forward will be a partnership that finds a way to allow the local congregation to be the primary engine of missions while at the same time utilising the vast experience and expertise of mission bodies to equip, enable and coordinate the church in its task. The role of mission societies should be to … Continue reading Churches and Agencies: The Future
A personal call to missionary work is not necessary, can be rooted in Western individualism and reflect a low view of the role of the Church. It is also something which God has used powerfully in history to motivate and encourage people. Who said theology was easy?
For many evangelical Christians, mission and the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 are virtually synonymous. Mission, it is said, involves making disciples and we should avoid anything which distracts us from that goal. For an organisation like Wycliffe Bible Translators, this paradigm means that we need to indulge in a little verbal gymnastics to justify … Continue reading Communities, Commission and Translation
... as a community of expectation, the church must resist the temptation to view itself and its work as part of a progression, or process, rather than in terms of partial fulfilment and anticipation. In late modernity, this is more of a risk than ever, particularly as we grow further removed from the devastation of … Continue reading Progress?
What would John have understood from the words 'as we are one'? What kind of unity was that in the Gospel record so far? The Father and Son share one life (John 5:26, 6:57), and yet they are not identical as Persons. In the same way believers share in the family life of God as … Continue reading Unity in Diversity