PARTNERING WITH NATIONALS by Mike Kuhn
(From Mobilizer 3rd Qtr, 2006)
Missions involvement has leap-frogged into the new century and many are heralding partnerships with nationals as the wave of the future. There is no denying that it can be a powerful equation for Kingdom benefit. Yet these sorts of rationales offered surely force us to ask the question: if wealthy Western churches reduce their involvement to that of financially underwriting two-thirds world national ministries, can they consider this a fully Biblical obedience to the Great Commission?
SHOULD WE STOP SENDING MISSIONARIES? by Robertson McQuilkin
…sending just a portion of our surplus $50-$100 each month will provide support for one full-time national worker. The typical cost to send an American missionary family overseas is over $50,000 a year; the same cost as supporting 50 or more national workers. Think of what that money could do for the Kingdom of God!
ON SENDING MONEY, NOT MISSIONARIES: OR, WHY MISSIONS IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK! by Patrick Johnstone
Author of Operation World addresses this critical issue by responding to a letter sent by a member of a local church mission committee.
SIX SPHERES OF MISSION OVERSEAS by Ralph D. Winter
This unique article addresses the fact that that all mission endeavor falls under at least one of six main categories of mission, one of which is “indigenous missionaries”. The title link (above) takes you to the introductory page. After reading the introduction, click on the next six articles listed on the side bar to the left, the fourth of which relates to indigenous missionaries.
THE SURPRISING RELEVANCE OF THE THREE-SELF FORMULA by Robert Reese
(T)he Three-Self Formula is much better known in mission circles than it is practiced. It has been around for over 150 years, but just to remind you, it states that a newly planted church is mature or indigenous when it is self-governing, self-propagating, and self-supporting.
WHEN CHARITY DESTROYS DIGNITY by Glenn Schwartz
… a description of the dependency syndrome, its historical development and how to overcome it. Though unhealthy dependency is widespread, the basic premise of this book is that it does not need to be considered an incurable illness. The reader will be introduced to churches that were once victims of unhealthy dependency but learned how to overcome it. There are many practical illustrations and suggestions for those in Christian service who face the challenge of avoiding or overcoming unhealthy dependency.
STARTING AND STRENGTHENING NATIONAL MISSION MOVEMENTS by Geoff Tunnicliffe & Met Castillo
Report of research conducted by the Missions Commission Task Force on National Missions Movments.