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 6: The speed of spreading the faith is often a function of strong leaders who advocate a clear strategy AND have a sound organizational structure.
My observation from reading church history is that people join movements when they find leaders to follow that have both a clear strategy and have ability to put a structure in place to accomplish the strategy.
It is hard to find a case of significant advance in the church without also finding leaders who communicate a compelling strategy and have organizational structure to accomplish the strategy. Leaders and organizations without both elements rarely became movements. Consider William Carey, Count Zinzendorf, John Wesley, Hudson Taylor, and Ralph Winter.
I’ll post the other lessons soon.
Let me know if you have a correction or comment!