What’s the Right Way to Do Missions?
Is there a right way to do missions work? Is one strategy more effective than another?
These are some of the big questions we’re tackling together in Chapter 3 of The Great Disconnect, following our discussion on what issues missions should address. Click here for more information.
There are all kinds of methods we can use to demonstrate and proclaim the Good News. For those of us who grew up in church, we may have traveled outside of the country for a week-long service trip over the summer with our youth groups. Or, we may have given money to an American from our church who moved overseas to do ministry.
What missions method is most familiar to you? Do you find it to be effective?
According to Barna Group, 50% of practicing Christians in the U.S. currently believe that the model mentioned above—sending missionaries to other nations—is the most effective way to meet the needs of people around the globe. However, the other 50% believe it’s best to partner with local, indigenous leaders in other countries and equip them to do the work.
Why should pastors consider one strategy or the other? And how do we know if the method our church has selected is successful? To dig even deeper, does our church value measuring the effectiveness of its missions impact at all?
To see why questions like these are crucial for a church to consider, take a look at the video below.
This discussion continues in Chapter 3 of The Great Disconnect. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, get it here!
We’re thrilled that you’re interested in becoming more effective with your missions efforts. If your wheels are turning, we’d love to have a conversation and help you think through your church’s missions strategies. Click here to contact David Chakranarayan, Director of Church Engagement at Mission India, and he will be in touch!