How do we help our missions movements grow in their ability to work effectively across cultures? In the previous blog post, we looked at the difficulties which the shorter-term mission movements in particular may have in the area of cultural intelligence. Clearly, short-term missions is a trend that isn’t going away, but missionaries need to be enculturated in order to be effective. In addition, the local church missions movements which are isolated from mission agencies are
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the books and resources available for missions. While there are many wonderful books we could recommend, here are five that we’ve found particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with a variety of mission-related topics. 1. For understanding the Great Commission and the plight of Unreached Peoples: “Let the Nations Be Glad” by John Piper “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church” John Piper radically states in this powerful book.
Although Short-Term Missions (STM) has gained tremendous popularity over the last decade, it has also been criticized a great deal. Many have claimed that STM does little to aid in furthering the Gospel and indeed, that it might actually hinder it! It is not uncommon to hear career missionaries become very frustrated with STM and the wealth of local church resources poured into it, as opposed to investing in long-term mission work. Additionally, many missionaries claim that S
Have you felt called by God to go overseas to be a missionary, yet have only a vague idea of the steps it would take for you to get there? You know most missionaries would need to raise funds, and that there would be some sort of training involved, but apart from those things, you might not know for sure what the journey to the missions field would be like. That need not be the case for you! We are here to help you de-mystify the journey. While each missionary’s experience is
Preachers, Doctors, Teachers: Not so long ago, these were the stereotypical jobs for Missionaries. Establishing churches, clinics or schools were the traditional methods for ministering on the overseas field. Although Business as Mission has become more popular over the last decade, it has not always been that way. When Ted Fletcher, the Founder of Pioneers International, first sensed a call to missions, many Missions Agencies told him that he was not equipped to be a Mission
“I will venture to go down, but you must hold the rope.” –William Carey William Carey, considered to be the “father of modern missions,” said this centuries ago. When he was about to embark for India, Carey made a plea to the Body of Christ back in his native England. He gathered his faithful supporters and called upon them to serve as his security and support in the mission. Like a climber on a dangerous journey, Carey understood the necessity of having a metaphorical “rope”