(May 11, 2018) George Forbes, missionary spokesperson, raises an issue…
This could be the first time I’ve raised the fact that the role of missionaries is rapidly changing.
I believe the change is the result of the good work done by the thousands of missionaries who served with great fruitfulness over past centuries.
And I think especially of the 19th and 20th centuries when missionaries were sent virtually worldwide to make disciples. Their work was very fruitful with great numbers of churches planted.
Initially the missionaries by necessity were the pastors and Bible teachers of the churches they planted. Then, gradually and eventually in a great surge, national pastors were trained and went out to plant many more churches.
Recognition of emerging indigenous leadership
Experienced missionaries rejoiced to see what God was doing, yet they felt the change that progressively happened as they stepped back in recognition of the emerging indigenous leadership. (more…)