I have been a little confused recently in regards to the word ‘missions’. It’s volleyed back and forth in evangelicum, sometimes as a hot potato and other times as the coveted pigskin trying to make the touchdown for it’s team.
I came across an excellent post by a co-laborer from mi patria adoptada that explained my thoughts in a much better way than I could have.
“The definition of missions is changing….it’s obvious that the upcoming generation of leaders thinks differently about the way cross-cultural ministry should be done… but such trends give this missionary pause for thought. The church today has, to a certain extent, adopted the current business mentality.
“The reality is that incarnational ministry, “walking among the people” is the only real method to effect change in a culture. Programs pass away, and events come and go, but it is my hope that the presence of the missionary and the example of the ambassador of Christ in the cross-cultural context will remain.”
The full post is worth reading and can be found at www.disciplemexico.org/2007/09/conversations.html