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Posted March 06, 2014

Bad theology = bad sending

Initiated by: Mission Whiteboard

Why have churches abdicated their responsibility? Bad theology has led to the outsourcing of sending to agencies.  How does good theology affect the relationship between local churches, missionaries, and sending agencies?


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4 years ago
Jeff Walters

Institutions, agencies, etc., do not send missionaries; churches send missionaries.  The healthiest view is to see "sending" agencies and seminaries as partners of the local church in preparing and deploying missionaries.

  • C. Crider wrote: I think there's an element of "authority" here- churches have the responsibility to commission missionaries and then to care for those sent-ones because they don't cease to be members of the sending church.
  • Julie Masson wrote: that's a good word.

3 years ago
Kevin Giedd

Pastor search committees start with the extrabiblical requirement that a pastor have an academic degree, and hire a seminary graduate to do what his predecessor should have prepared somebody from within the congregation to do through a process of interpersonal disciplemaking.  Pastors have shirked their responsibility to disciple individuals to the point where either the pastor or the disciple could be sent for ministry elsewhere, with the other staying back as pastor.  This occupational goal has probably shaped the academic environment of seminaries.  II Timothy 2:2 has been outsourced to Christian academia.  Church planting has been outsourced to NAMB and local SBC groups.

"Congregations are taught from the very beginning that they are responsible for starting new churches.  The Kekchi believers say that a church without a mission congregation is a dead church." -Frank Johnson, in Mark Snowden's Toward A Church Planting Movement, in David Garrison's Church Planting Movements.  So I guess the quote originated with Frank Johnson... 

A Christian who's not discipling anyone, a church without a mission congregation, a church that hasn't sent a missionary from their congregation...they're all dead in the sense that living things reproduce.


4 years ago
Dean le Roux

A holistic understanding of the various role players in a sending action calls for partnership. Partnership accommodates the apostolic role of churches, functional roles of ministries and other elements. We need to recognise:


4 years ago
Craig Dunning

This topic can't advance fruitfully without some definitions. What is meant by sending? Recognizing giftedness/calling? Determining location of service? Providing financial and other resources?

  • Jeff Walters wrote: Might mean all of the above or any of the three. Regardless, the local church must consider its responsibility in helping its missionaries in this area
  • Ryan Diks wrote: Might mean all of the above or any of the three. Regardless, the local church must consider its responsibility in helping its missionaries in this area.

4 years ago
Kyle Brogdon

It seems as if the Great Commission was given to all Christians, including those in the local body and those who are a part of mission agencies. How can these two entities best work together to accompish more? 


4 years ago
Jeff Green

It seems that mission sending agencies are better equipped to send missionaries.  I'm not sure how churches can do this?  isn't the job of local churches to reach their own communities??  seems we are confusing things.

  • C. Crider wrote: I don't think we're using the word "sending" in the same way here. Agencies can facilitate, organize, and support sending, but god theology is that the local church "sends" in the sense of "commissioning" and maintaining missionaries.
  • Deborah Wells wrote: The church in Antioch sent out Paul and Barnabas. The were not sent to their local community, but out into the world. I think the Bible is our best example of how to do missions.
  • Jeff Walters wrote: I get where you're coming from - agencies are better viewed as partners. They bring invaluable resources (training, logistics, etc), history, and experience.

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