Business missions good but not great

This is in response to article for Business as Missions for the Wall Street Journal

I love creative strategies for missions. It would be hypocritical for me to praise traditional methods of missions becuz I use bodybuilding as a primary means of breaking new ground. But….

  1. Businessmen are limited in their ability to church plant (you just don’t have the time)
  2. you’re limited in your ability to produce/translate resources (a lot of this has to do with education/training experience)
  3. ability to train leaders under you for vocational ministry (this again goes back to mostly education and experience)

While I agree that we need to seek creative solutions in reaching restricted countries we need to realize that a full time business person is seriously handicapped by the fact that they aren’t getting the hands on experience of pastoring or church planting. I think that is a serious handicap we need to consider because the focus of evangelism should be through churches and not individuals.

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