I recently taught a mission’s class and summarized what I think are ten lessons that we can learn from mission’s history. I’ll briefly list and explain them.
Lesson 5: Christianity spreads when the church focuses on the goal to develop locally led, funded, governed, and connected communities of faith.
Service to Jesus Christ and his kingdom has been the motivation behind the start of many schools and universities, hospitals, orphanages, prison ministries, and much more to help the needy in communities around the world. These ministries have shown the mercy of Christ and have profoundly impacted the world for Christianity.
But the spread of Christianity has been most rapid when churches unite with other churches to send gifted men and women to intentionally start local churches in new contexts. New population segments are best reached through creating communities of faith that have a comprehensive approach of sharing the good news of Jesus, training believers to follow and obey him, and uniting together to reach their community for Christ. Focusing on mercy ministries, children’s ministries, evangelism events, and establishing schools can greatly aid in reaching a community for Christ. However, the impact of the gospel is best sustained when a locally led and supported community of believers is established. Then as these new churches unite together, they will continue to reach their generation for Christ.
I’ll post the other lessons soon.
Let me know if you have a correction or comment!