I usually do my own blogposts… but there are three articles I would like to recommend:
1. Four Ways the Church Misunderstands Spiritual Formation
This is pretty simple… but I like it. Some may think this isn’t that relevant to missions, but they would be wrong. Not only does it apply to churches, but to mission groups as well. There is always the temptation to to avoid a holistic view, but fall into one of the four ways listed alone. And when the results are not as expected… go for “more of the same.” Spiritual Formation but be seen relationally/socially.
2. Who Are We? (Questions to Ask Your Ministry Team)
This is also simple… but the profound is often disguised in the simple. A ministry must consider certain questions regarding its identity and mission. A lot of the thoughts here tie to Group Dynamics. And understandably so. So many mission teams fail in not dealing with the basics.
3. Three Types of Missionary Pespectives
Nice article showing three common perspectives: Multiplication, Martins, and Maturity. Or
Becoming a believer.
Belonging to the Church.
Being a disciple.
It is nice, in part because missions is often much more narrowly. God’s mission is broader than ours commonly. I think I will add this model to the one I use for Mission locations:
Missions is to be done:
Where the Local Church Isn’t.
Where the Local Church Hasn’t.
Where the Local Church Can’t.
Since all three perspectives can (and should) be done in all three locations. That results in NINE possible combinations.