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….
- Businessmen are limited in their ability to church plant (you just don’t have the time)
- you’re limited in your ability to produce/translate resources (a lot of this has to do with education/training experience)
- 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.