If I wanted to get there, I wouldn’t start from here.
Some thoughts on churches receiving missionaries.
Just because a church doesn’t share your interests, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have a concern for world mission.
If agencies are serious about partnerships with churches, they need to rethink the way in which they relate to them.
If a church has identified someone and commissioned them to go to another country to do something that the church wants done; the church is responsible for ensuring they have the finance they need.
There is a feeling in some mission circles that an individual’s call to mission trumps everything and that if someone feels called to mission the rest of us have to get on and help them do whatever it is that they feel called to do.
What churches should be looking for in potential mission-partners.
I believe that local mission and global mission should not be independent of each other, but should be linked together in some way.
We can no longer expect to be listened to on the great cultural and moral issues of the day, simply because we are Christians. We have to earn the right to be heard through intelligent, gracious and prophetic engagement.
When a church really grasps that God has one mission which encompasses the whole world (including your home city) and gets excited about that mission, then both “home mission” and “world mission” will thrive.