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down long enough to see needs and then being available. It means praying for awareness and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Step 5: DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS IN MISSIONS. The days of “one-and-done” trips and quick results are over. Long-term effort is required to reach long-term results. • Choose effectiveness over variety. The “world tour” approach to mission trips can be exciting, but it lacks the depth of ministry that can happen when you go to the same place again and again. Good relationships take time. A longterm commitment leads to more trust and credibility, better use of resources, and the chance to truly invest in a community and its people. • Connect “over there” with “right here.” God has brought the mission field to our doorstep. Quite often the people group you may seek to reach overseas can be found in your own city. Many church groups have been able to find local opportunites to match with their global efforts. Step 6: LEAD STUDENTS TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS. Prayer in God’s kingdom is key to the mission. As you engage students in missional prayer, lead them to be focused, meaningful, consistent, and creative.

groups, and communication. • Engage them to pray creatively. Use social media, special prayer events, visuals, prayer walks, video calls, and prayer stations. What could be? Nick is a recent high school graduate who has embraced missions as an integral part of his life. Missions got into his bloodstream early—from hearing sermons and Bible studies about the heart of God to attending missions camp, then tutoring kids at a local Hispanic church plant, then going on missions projects overseas, and finally falling in love with a particular people group in the Philippines. By the time he graduated from high school, Nick had already spent a month in the Philippines helping to lead a youth camp. Most recently he has been studying abroad and leading a youth ministry overseas in two churches. There are hundreds more students like Nick who are the beneficiaries of an intentional missions strategy of their church. How would you like to add to this number? What might God do through your students in the years ahead? CHAD STILLWELL and GEORGE SILER (@SilerGeorge) serve on the International Mission Board’s Pathways Team (@imbStudents). Contact them at studentteam@imb.org or 800-789-4693.

• Empower them to pray specifically. Give them good information and detailed requests. Focus on an unreached people group or a particular place.

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• Help them pray meaningfully. Offer them real relationships and heartfelt connections with people and situations. Use technology to “bring missionaries” to your meetings. Provide updates and report on results. • Guide them to pray consistently. Missional prayer should be a regular and important part of your worship, small

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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...