I have the privilege of meeting many of our church mission teams and leaders. Each of our churches has some practices that foster effective mission. Wouldn’t it be great to know what these might be? these practices will enhance the ingredients outline in our last issue.

Effective mission- focused churches assign leadership responsibility for missions to a person and/or group in addition to (but could include) the elders or pastor. This group is to lead the charge, cast the vision and accept the responsibility for providing biblical direction. The elders or leadership team are part of the decision making, but on the whole, the missions team will be the interface for missions in the church. They are to source regular updates, stories and reports from mission partners, promote prayer and encourage people to be trained and sent out as mission partners. They are to advocate for financial support through the operation of a budget and special giving efforts.

Effective mission- focused churches inform and inspire their people through regular missions Sundays, weekends or conferences. These events would include local to global perspectives – missions from here to everywhere (Acts 1:8). My home church, Lincoln Road Bible Chapel, has six mission Sundays a year. Others have less. Some have a couple of missions weekends a year. The primary purpose of these is to inform (educate and raise exposure), inspire (lead toward mobilisation), encourage and support visiting missionaries who may be their own mission partners or others passing through. Added to this is good biblical teaching that emphasises the mission of God as outlined in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and our role in His mission.

Effective mission- focused churches plan regular missions trips with enough range and variety for people from many backgrounds and capacities to take part. Training, orientation, and debrieÿ ng needs to be organised. Mission trips need to be strategic. Make sure you are invited by the nationals and are able to work together with them and mission partners in ways they believe you will be effective. These trips can support and encourage national believers and mission partners as well as stir the hearts of those who would like to have a more active role in missions. If you belong to a small church, think about joining a short term team from another church. GC3 would be very happy to inform you about other possibilities.

When the vision for missions is regularly set before the church through good leadership and regular, planned exposure and inspiration, people will begin to see the world differently. They will see beyond themselves. When we add to this the experience of being part of a short term mission team, a greater understanding of the dynamics of missions occurs, leading toward more thoughtful contributions to the mission of God in the world.

These are just some of the practices that are important. We will look at several more in our next issue. If you want to discuss these further, please contact me. We (GC3) would be very happy to help your church with the development of these practices through working with your leadership, missions team, or by participating with you in a missions Sunday or other event.

By Russell Thorp, GC3 Missions Director
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