Friday 2 September 2016

Mission Frontiers 38, 5 (September-October 2016)

The September-October 2016 issue of Mission Frontiers, published by the U.S. Center for World Mission, contains a number of articles on ‘Slaying the Dependency Dragon’.

Editor Rick Wood writes:

‘As those sent out to make disciples, what is the goal that we want to accomplish in this world? Is it not to see movements of discipleship and church-planting develop in every people group and region on earth until every person has access to the saving knowledge of Christ? If this is our biblical goal, then we need to ask ourselves what fruitful practices help foster these movements and what practices get in the way.

‘In this issue, we focus on how so many of our mission practices are creating dependency on the mission field and thereby killing existing Church-Planting Movements and preventing new ones from ever getting started. This is a serious matter. We need to take a hard look at what we do in church and missions so that we are working biblically in cooperation with the Holy Spirit to foster as many of these movements as possible rather than stifling them through practices that keep people immature and helpless.’

Individual articles can be accessed from here, and the whole issue (5 MB) can be downloaded as a pdf here.

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