Don’t Go Until You’re Sent

Mack Stiles | February 27, 2017


Recently, I felt a burden in my heart for an unreached people group in the Middle East. So I went and visited. It seemed God had aligned a need in that place with my gifts in ministry. My wife said her heart was warm to go. My extended family gave the thumbs up. The financial support was there. As we prayed, our desire to go only increased.

Ready. Set. Go. Right? We had the desire, training, means, support, and sense of calling from God. Just choose a missionary organization and head out?

Nope.

Not on your life. Not without the support of a healthy local church.

Greatest Problem in Missions

Modern missions endeavors face many thorny challenges: contextualization, indigeneity, and autonomy, among other cultural issues. Yet in our globalized world, with so many doing great work on cultural issues, there seems to be an ascendant problem: a lack of understanding of the church’s nature and its role in missions. 

The greatest challenge to modern missions is a lack of understanding of the church’s nature and its role in missions. 

This is the greatest challenge to modern missions, and it raises a variety of other issues. Here I’d like to focus on one small, yet significant…


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