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Six Components of the Missionary Task

  1. ENTRY
    1. Find them
      • The role of research
        1. Understanding people groups
        2. Understanding levels of evangelization
        3. Understanding Bible translation
        4. Understanding the GCC network
    2. Get to them
      • Explore political, economic, religious environment
      • Explore access options
      • Acquire necessary skills and/or resources
    3. Develop an ability to communicate with them
      • Language (almost always cannot be done in English!)
      • Culture
  2. EVANGELISM
    • No salvation apart from hearing and believing the gospel
    • Making disciples starts with sharing the gospel
    • Evangelism is non-negotiable
      1. Some are gifted
      2. All are responsible
    • Gospel message must be faithful to Scripture and understandable
      1. Role of language and worldview
    • If there is no evangelism, it is not missions
  3. DISCIPLESHIP
    • Goal is disciples, not “converts”
    • Disciple = learner/follower of Jesus who is being transformed by the Holy Spirit to be conformed to the image of Christ
    • This includes knowledge of Scripture
    • This includes transformation of character
    • This includes development of skills like Bible study, prayer, evangelism
    • This is a lifelong process
  4. HEALTHY CHURCH FORMATION
    • Discipleship normally happens in a local church
    • Local church is the automatic, natural home of a healthy disciple of Jesus
    • Where there are none, we must start churches
      1. This was the consistent practice of apostles
    • Even where there are churches, it always good to start new churches
  5. LEADERSHIP TRAINING
    • The goal with new churches is maturity
      1. Self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating
      2. Fully able to understand, teach, and obey the Word of God
    • Leaders need to be trained
    • Know/Be/Do: knowledge, character, skills
      1. Initial stages are simply discipleship, and this is critically important
      2. Biblical qualifications are primarily exemplary, what every disciple should be
      3. Also able to teach
    • Knowledge of content, interpretation, application of Bible, along with theology
    • Character includes maturity, humility, and integrity
    • Skills include teaching, shepherding, evangelizing, discipline
    • All should be taught carefully and rigorously
    • All can be taught non-traditionally in context of local church
  6. PARTNERSHIP AND EXIT
    • The goalĀ is not to be there forever
    • Stay too long, and you develop unhealthy dependence
    • Stay too short, and you leave new believers/churches as prey to wolves; look to the phased process of Model, Assist, Watch, and Leave
    • Example of Paul included ongoing involvement even after physically leaving
    • Example of apostles also included partnership in the gospel
      1. Take them with you as you go!