Felicity at “Simply Church” wrote a report called “The changing face of missions.” In the report, she tells us about speaking with missionaries in Taiwan, and how they desired to work together to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
I love to read reports like this about believers working together. I hope to read more and more reports not only from missionaries around the world, but from believers right here in the USA.
Here’s part of Felicity’s post:
We were invited to speak to the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship, a group that involves nearly all the missionaries on the island. Well over 50% of the missionaries were there, and despite a huge variety in theology and church backgrounds, there was a sense of unity and a desire to work together across all the mission groups and churches. Even though Taiwan has a very traditional missions history, and the vast majority of the churches there are based on a Western model, there was great openness to our message that could have been both threatening and controversial. Our main teaching for the five days we were there was on following the Holy Spirit into the harvest and bringing the new disciples together in small groups/churches.
It seems that right across the board, many missions groups recognize that traditional patterns of church planting on the mission field (erect a building and train a pastor) are not just prohibitively expensive, but there are far more effective ways to reach out in today’s world. Some groups we met had already begun to adopt Luke 10 patterns of church planting and many of the others were eager to explore organic principles they could use in reaching out.
Do you have any suggestions for promoting the same kind of unity and co-laboring in your locality that Felicity describes in her post about Taiwan?