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12 June 2017

Mission Round Table—Vol.12 No.1 Jan–Apr 2017

MRT 1.2.1 coverMission Agencies in the 21st Century

From the editor:

A revolution in world mission was sparked in 1789 when William Carey wrote his Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens and then founded the Baptist Missionary Society four years later. Carey wasn’t the first Protestant to take the gospel beyond the confines of Europe, but his example liberated the church from its focus on local concerns and spawned the growth of a series of denominational and non-denominational mission societies. These societies were augmented by a series of “Faith Mission” societies after Hudson Taylor started the China Inland Mission in 1865. The way mission has been done—with most missionaries serving in conjunction with one agency that has been responsible for recruiting, sending, and receiving—has remained fairly consistent for more than 200 years.

While it may seem premature to question the long-term viability of what appears to be a tried-and-true approach to mission, we must remember that Jesus was building his church long before the “modern mission movement” began. It may be that global realities of the 21st century will move God to exchange the wineskin we are accustomed to with a new one that seems a bit unfamiliar or perhaps one that we find unrecognizable. But since God has worked at various times in various ways, we should be ready for him to do a new thing if he desires, be on the lookout for signs of this taking place, and be actively evaluating our structures and procedures to see how they might best serve God’s kingdom today and tomorrow.

Browse articles in “Mission Agencies in the 21st Century”

A Description of CIM Missionary Workers to the Tibetan Highlands Prior to 1950

Synopsis: This research paper describes the sociodemographic characteristics of early CIM pioneers who sought to take the gospel to the Tibetan plateau prior to the withdrawal of CIM from China in 1952. By Zi Yu Mission Round Table Vol. 12 No. 1 (January-April 2017): 42-46 Introduction The Tibetan Highlands, also known as the Tibetan Plateau, [...]

Reflections on the Korean Missionary Movement: A Critical Review of Recent Research

Synopsis: This paper reflects on how recent scrutiny of the Korean Missionary Movement sheds insights on the contexts of Korean mission and the development of Korean mission agencies. Warren Beattie Reflections on the Korean Missionary Movement: A Critical Review of Recent Research Mission Round Table Vol. 12 No. 1 (January-April 2017): 35-41 Rev. Dr. Warren [...]

Mission and the Internet

Synopsis: The paper looks at the impact of the internet based on statistics for Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, and focuses on the development of an internet ministry in Thailand for evangelism and Christian nurture. It presents four stepping stones that can be used to develop an effective internet ministry and how this can be [...]

Swimming Upstream

Synopsis: This article discusses the possibilities of Filipinos serving in Japan and considers how similar things can be done for workers from the majority world to address challenges of serving in more affluent places. It looks at the need to rethink language learning and to widen the discussion on tent-making and other ways of sending [...]

Future Proofing OMF

Synopsis: This article discusses the lessons learnt from the discontinuation of OMF Southern Africa and the transition period when the team worked hard to let the old OMF Southern Africa model die. The lessons were profoundly important in the development of New Horizons (NH) as OMF’s means to engage workers from non-traditional sending countries. The [...]

The Future of Mission Agencies

Synopsis: The article looks at the historical context of evangelical missions and the global changes—religion, politics, globalization, rapid change and trends—that have impacted the way mission is done. It points out the problems in the current approaches taken by British mission agencies in response to the changes. The final section explores some serious questions that [...]