Monday, March 31, 2008

6 distinctive features of Mission

Reading thru the life of Hudson Taylor. He set up the China Inland Mission (CIM) and here is his 6 distinctive features, which I think are still applicable today:

  1. Missionaries will be drawn not from any particular denomination but from all the leading Christian churches - provided they could sign a simple doctrinal declaration (How could we agree on that??)
  2. Missionaries would have no guaranteed salary, but trust in the Lord to supply their needs. Income would be shared. No debts would be incurred. (But thats not practical!!!!)
  3. No appeal for funds would be made.(He must really take his faith seriously!!)
  4. The work abroad would not be directed by home committees but by people on the spot, in the field (people who actually know what is going on)
  5. The activities of the mission would be systematic and practical. Evangelism would seek to establish footholds in strategic centres
  6. The missionaries would wear clothes from the region and worship in building built in the style of the area (geared to the times, anchored to the rock!)

Food for thought...

2 comments:

rick hill said...

nice post...

i've just put another post up about mission. must be something in the water these days...!

hope your well,
rick

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