Can Your Church Produce A Missionary?
Local churches trained and sent out pastors and missionaries for over 1000 years without educational institutions or mission boards. Where did these men come from, and how were they trained? Mentors, in the context of local church ministry, trained each new generation of church leaders. The churches then sent them out as their own children and stayed in contact with them.
Just hypothetically, how would your church accomplish its responsibility of world missions without the help of organizations outside your church? It would probably do what the early Church did for almost a thousand years. More and more churches are rediscovering the joy of this original tradition, and are retooling themselves to start equipping pastors, missionaries and leaders within the church. It’s not as hard as you might imagine once your church has made it a priority and shifted the schedule accordingly.