When Roland Allen wrote about Paul’s missionary methods, he did not have to define terms. He could begin with a paragraph—often quoted by missionaries and missiologists—that summarizes the apostle’s missionary work. Now nearly a hundred years later, it is no longer self-evident what the term mission should not imply.
I can only speak for myself and vision baptist church. But I went through the answered missionary questionnaire for Vision to see what types of ministries has applied to present their ministries here at Vision. Here are the results:
- Medical Work
- Prison Ministry
- Addiction Program
- Church ministry programs
Now what I am going to say I don’t want it to go out of context. These are probably good men and women, who love God with everything and are trying to serve Him. But that being said, pastors have a great responsibility, in that we have limited resources and funds and we must be certain when invest our “Missions Money”.
Are all these ministries are great and need to be done. OF COURSE. But do all these ministries fall under the category of “Missions”? That’s the question. 100 years ago when they wrote books on this subject it was more apparent than today on what the definition of mission is. So these next few blogs I want to speak on why having a correct understanding of missions means a strong conviction of Church Planting.