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 7: The speed of spreading the faith increases with decentralized organizations.
It seems odd to me when mission agencies specializing in the unique nuances of cross-cultural communication create a unified, top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to mission strategy. This unhealthy trend of centralization is accelerated if the agency places missionaries on the field that they can not fully trust as leaders. Distrust leads to increased control, policies, and attendance at vision alignment conferences. As I mentioned before in Lesson 6, the key to gospel progress is often through quality leaders; mission agencies that don’t attract and release innovative leaders to lead will be left behind.
See also Ideas for Restructuring the International Mission Board (IMB).
I’ll post the other lessons soon.
Let me know if you have a correction or comment!