In the wake of a changing global church, what should the local church keep in mind? How does the landscape of global missions change? How should missions agencies adjust to globalization? Here are a couple of things we found:
1. Mission strategies, approaches, and structures should reflect the global nature of the church and factor in the complexities that can involve.
How one might teach others to live out their faith in one location might look completely different in another city. Many settings are multicultural now and that should be taken into account, so that we can navigate the challenges more efficiently.
2. Local churches should view themselves as mission centers rather than thinking of missions only happening far away.
Every church has a role to play in their local community and region, and missions agencies should be on board to help and equip local churches with what they need to reach the mission field on their doorstep effectively.
3. Seeing the mission field as “everywhere” all the time should become an individual mindset for believers as well.
People need to hear the gospel on urban streets and in small mountain towns just as much as third world countries do. And with travel made easier than ever these days, we can never know how many cultures and nations we have the potential to reach every day simply by considering our own neighborhoods, towns, and cities as mission fields. Missions agencies should recognize their role as facilitators in these mission settings.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19
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