15 Ways to Handicap a Potential Missionary in Your Local Church


1. Force them to go through a “missions preparation” program which effectively weeds out the entrepreneurs.
2. Don’t consult with anyone who has ever lived with cross-cultural realities when you design your requirements for those who will be sent.
3. Choose people to oversee your mission efforts who have no experience or understanding of cross-cultural realities.
4. Make missions a “program” instead of seeking to make your church missional.
5. Decide to support missionaries 100% of their budget. It creates marvelous dependency.
6. Have standards that Mother Teresa or the Apostle Paul incarnate couldn’t meet.
7. Require seminary.
8. Make sure they have taught 5th grade Sunday School class as a pre-requisite which demonstrates loyalty to the church.
9. Imbue an ecclesiology that believes the sending church is supreme and missionary entities are appendages.
10. Ignore the concept of leverage and only support “front line” workers.
11. Adopt a trendy and unsophisticated view of missions that only supports those going to unreached people groups.
12. Placate the control freaks and don’t let potential missionaries raise money from anyone in the church.
13. Limit whom they can minister with to your own denominational or creedal group. Perish the thought that they would be contaminated by touching those who may be their neighbors in heaven.
14. Encourage “storehouse giving” so that all their money must come through the church.
15. Convince your congregation that short-term, tantalizing overseas experiences are most effective so that there is little money, prayer or commitment left for the few willing to commit their lives to longer term, incarnational, sacrificial service

2 Responses to “15 Ways to Handicap a Potential Missionary in Your Local Church”

  1. Eric Spangler Says:

    Hi Sam … your website is full of great stuff. I’m so glad I stumbled upon it! I’ve reposted a couple of your lists on my site, and tried to use the ‘trackback’ feature… (I could use a pointer or two here if you have a moment).

    I’ve met Don Rogers of ELI and also have friends associated with ELI: Gary and Kathy Gaulton. We serve in the same denomination.

    Thanks again for this good work! -E

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    [...] Sam Metcalf is mad. He tilts his lance and charges at the traditional church and mission. Ok that’s fair game. But then he turns and charges straight at the Emerging church. Foul play old chap! [...]

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