Remember the immutable law of spiritual multiplication that our Lord gave in Jn. 12:24,25. Jesus is saying there must be something akin to the death of those seeds for life to spring out of them. That MUST be the mindset of the pioneer church planter or it is folly to head overseas.
Most Christians are largely unaware of the shockingly low amount of money and missionaries that go toward reaching unreached unengaged language groups. How have we found ourselves nearly 2000 years removed from the Great Commission only the nub of the church’s efforts and funding are going towards those who have not a ray of gospel light among them? Here are four general reasons I have observed the last 3 years.
No church knowingly shirks its responsibility to its missionary candidates, but, at times, a genuine lack of awareness of the task of the pioneer church planter results in some churches not vetting candidates well before they send them off to get trained. Some assessments that we assume all churches are doing include observing that the individual (or couple) are living in a godly manner, sharing their faith, and growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus and His Word.
Urgency to send gospel ministers to the unreached and hastiness in sending out the unequipped are too often at cross-purposes with one another. How are we to biblically discern a candidate’s readiness while upholding a sense of gospel urgency?
Why a missions committee? How does a local church send well? Member care issues. Missions policies and why? ineffective missionaries… what to do? What to know about sending agencies and how to interact with them. These and many other topics will be addressed.
In this breakout, Nina Buser will address five things that women who desire to participate in long-term missions should consider before going. These practical recommendations are taken from her own experiences while on the field.