Church missions committees everywhere seem to be struggling. That is, if the number of requests Joe and I get from church missions committees asking for coaching help are any indication. That may sound bad unless we consider the possibility that the up-side is that churches are recognizing their need for help. I find that exciting.
Dave: Joe and I are continuing our comments on the theme of “The Myth of the Missions-Minded Church.” Our question today is – “Does the prayer life of your church and its members indicate that your church is missions-minded?” Joe: Measuring the prayer life of a congregation is not easy. Actually qualifying that prayer as
Dave: I remember how in the church of my youth (1950s-1970s), the issue of social justice (e.g., clothing or feeding the poor) was pitted against proclamation (telling people about the Gospel). And there was a fear in the evangelical community of which I was a part that if we did too much of the former
Dave: This blog goes to the heart of how the church views missions. What is the place of missions in your congregation? Is it one of many things the church is called to do? Or is mission the engine that drives everything else that the church does? Though your church may claim to be “missions-minded,”
Dave: Have you ever visited a church and asked a member or leader, “How are you guys doing in missions?” If the answer is to show you a large world map in the foyer with stickpins indicating the missionaries that church supports, you have discovered in all probability how that church measures its “missions-mindedness.” Or
Dave: Today we wrap up our thoughts on discipleship and its significance for the church that wishes to be missions-minded. Not that we have run out of material! But there are so many other issues that pertain to the missions-minded church. Joe: I have to say I am terribly embarrassed by the topic of discipleship.
Today is Joe’s birthday, so I am going solo on this 2nd blog on the importance of the Great Commission. My thesis is that if Christians, and by extension, the American church, do not understand the terms, expectations, and requirements of the Great Commission to make disciples, we forfeit the right to call ourselves “missions-minded.”
Dave: Credit for the title of this post goes to my friend, Paul Borthwick, who undoubtedly stole the catchy phrase from someone else. Joe: You may have wondered why the name of our blog is unmissions.net. It has something to do with what has happened to the word “missions,” a word that has basically come
Dave: The title may throw you for a moment. No, you did not stray to an ESPN website. Stick with us and you will see the logic of it…This post is addressing a second question: Am I, or is my church, missions-minded if we do not stay current on what is going on in the
Dave and Joe: As promised, the two of us (Joe and Dave) will be offering some ideas (in the form of questions) in our coming blogs to help in assessing your church’s missions-mindedness and to enable you to shore up your foundation in missions. Today: Question #1 – “What does your missions team know about