What are some ways businesspeople can get into missions?

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Businesspeople can be consultants for a business project that is serving as a missions platform. Many church planters in restricted areas use business as a means of gaining and maintaining access to such countries. Businesspeople can be consultants for such projects without ever having to leave their homes. And, with the relationships and knowledge they develop through consulting, businesspeople can engage in the mission work in a variety of other, more direct ways, such as short-term trips that combine evangelism and consulting.

How should individual Christians partner with their local churches for missions?

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Become a member of a local church. Get to know the leaders of that local church. Make your desires known to those leaders. Invite them to evaluate your fitness for the work you desire to do based on your existing track record in ministry. Get to know the church’s overall vision for missions. Find out if there is any way for you to be directly involved with mission work the church is already supporting or is planning to begin.

What are some tips for churches to best support overseas missionaries?

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Communicate often and openly. Expect misunderstandings, and try to ward them off by communicating freely and frequently. Seek to build a close, trusting relationship with every worker you support. Invest in the missionaries, not just in their work. Agree upon goals for the relationship as well as for the ministry. Be explicit about your side’s goals. No hidden agendas. Talk openly about money and hold one another accountable as stewards of God’s resources.

How much theological agreement is necessary in a partnership between a local church and a foreign missionary?

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It depends. The answer to that question depends on what a church and a missionary are partnering to do. For instance, partnering together to distribute copies of the Bible or to make an audio recording of the Scriptures in another language requires less theological like-mindedness than partnering together to plant churches.

What’s important for establishing a good partnership between a church and a foreign missionary?

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Theological agreement. A local church and a foreign missionary must share a rock-solid foundation of theological agreement.

Is it a lie to tell a government hostile to Christianity some but not all of your reasons for entering their country?

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An increasing number of missionaries use legitimate secular employment to gain access to restricted access countries. Some Christians may wonder if it’s a lie to include only their secular employment in official paperwork, even though their primary motivation for going to the country is to share the gospel.

We believe that it’s morally legitimate—it’s not lying—to list only one’s secular employment. Here are three reasons:

Why is pragmatism in missions particularly harmful?

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Pragmatism is the attitude that “results”—specifically, numbers of conversions—matters most in ministry. This attitude is particularly harmful in missions because

What are some common mistakes Christians make when thinking about missions strategy?

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How should Christians evaluate different missionary methods?

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A popular but misguided method of evaluation: evaluate short-term results, such as the number of people making professions of faith in Christ. What’s wrong about this? Jesus teaches that, when we faithfully sow the seed of the word, many will make professions, but not all professions will endure (see Matt. 13:1-23). So why evaluate a method’s “success” by something as ultimately unreliable as professions of faith?

How should churches evaluate the success of missionaries they support?

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That’s a tough question to answer because competing principles are at play.

Should small churches expect to do less missions work?

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By no means! While churches with fewer members and resources may not support missions work on the same scale as larger churches, they should still strive to do all they can to engage in the work of missions.

So how can small churches engage in missions work? The same way larger churches can:

How can churches cultivate a culture of missions?

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Preach expositionally. Scripture is filled with instruction to believers about God’s plan of salvation and our responsibility to spread the good news of salvation in Christ to the ends of the earth. Faithful Christ-centered, expository preaching should, over time, teach a congregation to heartily pursue local and international evangelism.

What is success in missions and how do you measure it?

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The Bible teaches several points with unavoidable clarity. 

Who is responsible to fulfill the Great Commission?

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All Christians. In John 20:21, Jesus says to all his disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Jesus was sent into the world to become the savior of those who would believe. We are sent into the world to proclaim what Christ has done and call people to faith in him. Therefore, every Christian should evangelize locally and, if possible, support the work of bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth.

What does the Great Commission require of local churches?

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In order to fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19), churches must: