I have found that what I think is a key in analyzing a missionary’s strategy.
Focusing on the church is a key way to get at the soundness of a ministry strategy. My foundational belief is that the church should be the center of evangelism, discipleship, meeting human needs, and ultimately, any missionary task.
Here is what I mean:
Strategy #2: Evangelism
Missionary: I really have a heart for evangelism and God has worked through me to bring many to the faith.
Me: How will that start or build churches?
Sound church strategy: Everything I do will involve local believers. I hope to encourage and train them to share their faith. Together we will help their churches develop and when possible, multiply to start new churches.
Unsound church strategy: When people come to faith, I trust the Holy Spirit to complete a good work in them. I would hope that many of them would end up in local churches or, in some cases, start their own church. I expect this to create a church planting movement.
What should we do?
Ask missionaries to carefully consider the system for the nurture and growth of new believers and the context to develop and training new evangelists. This is best done in the context of the church. The missionary should adjust his strategy to reflect this reality.
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