I am still thinking of some questions regarding Acts 13 and being “sent”. So this is a question blog. I am fortunate and grateful in that I come from a strong mission sending church.
When I think about my own “sent ness” I sometimes wonder what role the church played in it?
It seems the Church and the Holy Spirit both played vital roles in the "sending".
Before I was SENT
Did they confirm my calling or did an organization? or both?
How did this confirmation take place?
Was it filling out forms, references, affirming my calling through my actions in the context of the local church?
Did they confirm my giftedness? If so, how?
Did they lay hands on me, pray for me and send me out as their missionaries?
Once on the FIELD
How do we continue to communicate? Is it one way communication or do both the missionary and the sending church initiate conversation?
Do I send them regular prayer updates?
Am I able to speak into their mission efforts back “home”?
How can I serve my sending church?
Do they hold me and my family accountable spiritually?
Do they give us pastoral care even while on the field? If so what does this look like?
How do they relate to us strategically?
Who takes the lead in the mission strategy?
A mission organization?
A missionary team that is sent out?
What happens when the missionary’s calling and the church’s strategy no longer match? What gives?
Obviously I believe that the Great Commission belongs to the local church. I believe as Acts 13 speaks of that the local church is central to our missionary efforts. How can the local church fully participate overseas?
I would love to read your comments or perhaps you have even better questions.
As I put together my next series on "missional partnerships" I will attempt to answer some of these questions.