We desire to be more than a mission-minded church; we want to be a mission-guided church. If we are not careful, we will miss opportunities for missional endeavors because of dangerous distractions.
#1. Inward Focus
- If we obsess about meeting the spiritual amenities of the saved, we will never prioritize the evangelism of the lost.
- “We’ve strayed from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium.” –Paul Harvey
#2. Local Neglect
- We cannot be so fixated on reaching other nations that we overlook our own.
- The community around us should be dramatically different because we are here.
#3. Global Indifference
- We are unfaithful to the Great Commission if we stay within our borders.
- A staggering number of people have never even heard the name by which they can be saved, and we cannot rest until they do.
#4. Shortened On-Ramps
- We cannot use trips as Christian sightseeing for the unprepared and the unevangelistic.
- Creating clear and reasonable on-ramps to gradually challenging missional opportunities is necessary.
#5. Disunified Strategy
- If our success is gauged by how many pins we can put on the world map of our church’s travel, we might miss the necessary commitment to see change.
- The goal should be to send people into challenging areas until a church is planted, and then we go toward new barren places.
#6. Neglected Connections
- We must exhibit relentless and thorough support for those we send out.
- The more intentional we can get with who we send and where we send them, the greater the missionary pathway can become.
#7. Dangerous Elitism
- The Great Commission was not reserved for an elite few with seminary degrees and vocational experience.
- We must prioritize making disciples who take personal responsibility for Kingdom activity.