Difficult Terms, Difficult Change

Rick Love wrote an interesting article about the use of the term "Missions" in church. It is called Called to Conquer or Commissioned to Bless? Why I Dislike the Term “Missions”. In it he argues that we need to drop the militaristic perspective of missions. Prior to my coming to FIM, this was something they intentionally looked at. They changed some of their terminology. Headquarters became home office and furlough became home assignment. I believe other things changed as well, but I wasn't around for that chapter.

Should FIM someday decide to walk away from the term missions and replace it with blessing or something similar it would present huge difficulty. Not the least of which is that it's part of our name, Fellowship International Mission. Additionally, what would I be called? I'd no longer be a missionary, perhaps an agent of blessing or a blessor. Also, how would people find us? They know to look for mission agencies, but we'd be a blessing agency. Google wouldn't know to bring our website into the search results for "mission agencies" nor would the future missionaries know to look for a "blessing agency". Much effort would need to be done, huge amounts of communication (and associated expense) would have to be undertaken to inform just the people who already are involved and help them understand. Being the catalyst of cultural change does not come without a variety of costs.

I don't argue for whether it should or shouldn't be done. I think the psychological benefits for the Christian community may be clear, but the practical implementation becomes very tricky. I'm not sure how a change like that could happen in our culture, but I think it clearly would have to start with an organization with a lot of resources.

Démange devenez contributeur pour un débat passionné alors elle le chaos qui sortir cette information du fait pas référence.

My favorite "missionaries" are the woman at the well in John 4 and the servant girl who told Naaman about the prophet in Israel who could heal his leprosy.

My favorite definition of a "missionary" is 'one beggar who tells another beggar where to beg bread'.

I guess it does not matter what we call ourselves. If we are in love with Jesus, we naturally want to tell others about Him. We don't have to shove our culture down somebody's throat. When we can lead a hungry beggar to the One who provides our daily bread (and assuring our eternity salvation), we are fulfilling the Great Commission.

Every culture or community is blessed with its own traditions. But Churches are not presenting such scenes which are in past. Any way it is long debate. After my mcts i will throw some light upon the inner sight of churches. Actually we are lacking practical reforms.

On the one hand, it's just words. Arguing against a particular useage is not going to work, except on some artificial level. What has to change is so much deeper, on the level of epistemology itself. Acts 15 shows the early Judean Christians realizing they can't hold the world to their own cultural expectations. Too often we talk of speading the gospel, when it's really just our peculiar way of life we want to impose. Most American Evangelicals seem to picture "conquering the world for Christ" to mean just that. If anything, it is American culture we need to change, to "send" missionaries next door.