Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

Archive for May, 2010

Mentoring for the next generation of missionaries

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

by Greg Fletcher

Many mission agencies are experiencing a decline in numbers as the attrition from retiring personnel is not offset by new members. The option of expansion simply doesn’t exist for most agencies these days. In some cases, the very survival of the agency is even at stake! Mobilizers must ask some hard questions and make course corrections in response.

There are many facets to this issue, and oversimplification is not helpful. However, there are indicators that solutions exist, and we must pay attention to them. To ignore them would be to our own peril.

Institutional Loyalty vs. Relational Loyalty
One key element to be considered is the current generation’s concept of loyalty. Loyalty has taken on a different form from that of prior generations. We must recognize that we cannot afford to “do what we’ve always done” and expect to “get what we’ve always gotten”.

To an earlier generation, the concept of loyalty related directly to institutional loyalty. If Junior became a missionary, it was assumed he would join Dad’s agency. Recent generations do not function that way. They are more interested in your identity and your capacity to engage the work than your history as an agency. (more…)

Resource Highlight: A call for mentors

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Do you think you have what it takes to mentor aspiring missionaries? Jeff Goins is putting some of his time and energy into matching people who want to mentor with people who want to help missionaries tell their stories in compelling ways. If you believe you can help writers, photographers, graphic designers and so forth excel at their craft in order to bring the stories of God’s faithfulness on the mission field back home, learn more by going to Goins’ Pilgrimage of the Heart blog.

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