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What are the key topics shaping world missions efforts today? What ideas are being talking
about by people involved in global missionary strategy and practice?
Check out these brief (500 words or less) articles or reflections on topics or themes relevant
to global missions. These were published as a series or regular column in Engage
magazine, the online missions magazine or ezine of Nazarene Missions International
selfs: Necessary qualities for local churches In the late 1800s missiologists Henry Venn and
Rufus Anderson began talking about three characteristics a church-planting movement would
have if it were truly indigeneous: Self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating.
analogies-- Missionaries noticed a people group's peace-making practice was strangely
similar to God's gift of His Son, and used this "redemptive analogy" to explain the gospel.
- "Where the Church is
not yet" The term "unreached people groups" has been around for a while. Now global
mission strategists are talking about some of those unreached people groups being "unengaged
people groups." Whilesome unreached people groups have missionary organizations
evangelizing among them, unengaged people groups currently have no evangelists or
missionaries working in their midst.
When Christianity moves from one culture to another, there is danger that it will be thought
of as belonging in the first culture, but very much out of place in the second one. The soloution
to that is good contextualization.
reproducible Paul Orjala, pioneer Nazarene missionary to Haiti, urged future missionaries to
use infinitely reproducible as one criterion for assessing patterns of evangelism and church
planting. He felt the key to actually fulfilling the Great Commission was to use structures and
modes of organizing and developing that could be reproduced over and over again.
- Be a
sender More global missionaries are needed. However, ten times or more as many
supporters are needed to send and sustain them. Being a sender is just as important as being a
- Mission fit
Missionaries need to focus on those ministry activities that "fit" their mission. On the local,
district, regional and global levels, we must be prayerfully asking: Is what we are doing and how
we are doing it consistent with the objective of making Christlike disciples in the nations?
Globalization -- sometimes defined as a flow of ideas, goods, images and people across national
borders -- is not a new phenomenon. It can be seen as early as the book of Genesis. God's people
must find their way to share His love among the shifting tides of globalization today. Indeed, the
church itself is an active agent in globalization.
Window Luis Bush called attention to an area of the global where there are large
concentrations of unreached people groups. With just 10 percent of the current global Christian
missionary force deployed to that area where many of the world's least evangelized peoples live,
we have much work to do.
Shock Missionaries and others living for extended periods of time in a culture not their own
experience a roller coaster of feelings of alienation, anxiety, disorientation, and uneasiness.
Over time, many of us lose our urgency for God's mission to reach those who don't yet know
Him. What can we do to stir the embers of our concern for the lost into a healthy fire?
A plea to look at the word "missionary" in the light of Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and
Brief articles on key missionaries from
the past who shaped the practice of world outreach even today
Essay: The Church
as Missionary: Biblical Foundations
SNU missions course materials and syllabi
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