Below are three priorities that are helpful to me to evaluate a ministry strategy in reaching a people for Christ. These priorities are designed to be used for mission teams at churches, missionaries, local churches, and missionary want-to-be’s, and general do-gooders. Remember that a key component of developing strategy is deciding what “not to do” as well as what “to do”. I’ve included examples of both.
- Placing and supporting long-term near-cultural ministers who have acquired local language/culture who start and develop churches prioritizing the unreached.
- Local service ministry (human needs) that has high relational component with local church identity and support.
- Production and distribution of teaching resources and ministry training projects in the same culture or an acquired culture.
Let’s expand each of these and give examples of what they include and what they eliminate. This post expands #3: Production and distribution of teaching resources and ministry training projects in the same culture or an acquired culture.
- High Priorities
- Using media to impact people. Media includes the pulpit, classroom, Internet, radio, TV, books, articles, and more.
- Developing content that can be used to disciple people and to help people get established in ministry.
- Outreach materials that have a follow-up mechanism where seekers can connect with local believers and churches.
- Low Priorities
- Teaching cross-culturally. It’s very difficult to apply Scripture to local situations until the culture becomes familiar.