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Mission Smart: 15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas Paperback – December 27, 2013
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David has been involved in cross-cultural ministry and equipping believers for over twenty-five years. He and his wife lived in the Middle East for twenty years. David leads Equipping Servants International, a ministry that mentors individuals, trains churches and advises mission agencies. Their desire is to equip God’s people to do healthier candidate assessment, pre-field training, and on-field guidance for cross-cultural ministers both at home and abroad. They also help other ministries become wiser stewards of their funds and people in missional endeavors. For more information and to arrange for training or consulting, please refer to their website: www.esionline.org
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Update, 2 years later. We've now successfully completed 2 cohorts, and are starting our third. We meet every other week, and we have the members read the material beforehand, and we assign some of the questions as homework. Then while we're together we discuss the questions, and what they got out of the reading. Myself and another are veteran missionaries. We add our experience and perspective into the discussion as well.
We've launched many missionaries through these groups, and we've even deterred a few who weren't ready as well. Local churches are now sending people to my groups, and asking for my evaluation of the people after the group concludes. I'm able to get a good read on whether people are consistent, whether they follow through, and how they interact with others.
Anyone interested in missions can read this book and have a good understanding of the right questions to ask about the process of selecting a mission field, missions career and mission ministry. The author has provided great discussion questions and homework assignments at the end of each chapter making it a great tool to use in a small group or individually.
I appreciate the author's attempt to keep the focus of missions on the local church. He emphasizes the importance of the involvement of the local church in the missionary process, something most churches have come to neglect.