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Develop a global strategy for

student missions

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By Chad Stillwell and George Siler

Does your student ministry have a strategy for missions— or are your efforts random?

Let’s be honest: Sometimes we do things in ministry because we are “supposed” to do them or because others are doing them. We choose where to serve on mission based on what’s most available, not what’s best. But if you develop a coherent missions strategy, your students can have a global impact in their witness. You can lead students to engage in God’s mission as a lifetime pursuit. A good starting place Let’s start by identifying some key assumptions about missions and student ministry. 1. Missions is a priority for every church, regardless of size and resources.

2. Discipleship and missions are inseparable. Christ’s call is to follow Him and become fishers of men. Missions isn’t an extracurricular activity or an “above and beyond” call extended to special believers. 3. Student missions should complement the mission work of the church as a whole, not act as an independent initiative. 4. Student missions work best when the priority is the receivers, not the spiritual growth of the goers. Spiritual growth will result, but the call is to go and make disciples of others. Consider these steps to build a missions strategy for your students. Step 1: EVALUATE. Spend some time in an honest assessment of missions in your ministry.

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SPRING 2018

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...