Mack Stiles addresses the imperative topic of the church's role when someone is stepping into missions in his article for The Gospel Coalition. Whether you are going as a Market Place Worker or even more traditional routes, Stiles appeals that you should not go "without the support of a healthy local church".
"The greatest challenge to modern missions is a lack of understanding of the church’s nature and its role in missions." - Mack Stiles
Stiles shares 3 of his personal insights rooted in biblical truth about the church:
So don’t baptize yourself. And if you’re determined to do missionary work, don’t go until you’ve submitted to, and are sent by, a healthy local church. - Mack Stiles
Start the conversation with your church today about how you can best submit to your local church and how they can best support you.
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J. Mack Stiles and his wife, Leeann, reside in Louisville, Kentucky, and are members of Third Avenue Baptist Church. They are long-term residents of the Middle East. Mack has written several books, including Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel and, most recently, Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus.
For many, a sending church is an integral relationship offering accountability, support and a covering of prayer.
Nathan Garth of Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky shares his church's journey to become a sending church on imb.org. Garth gives 4 key points and some closing takeaways that each church should strive to implement or consider as they start the journey of sending members of their congregation around the world intentionally for the spread of the gospel.
Garth's key points to know or do are:
His parting Advice?
Missions is not a program or activity of the church. It’s an identity. - Larry McCrary, The Upstream Collective
It is never too early to start the conversation with your church about how you want to use your vocation intentionally to make Jesus known.
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Nathan Garth is the lead international missions pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. You can find him on Twitter @Nathan_Garth.