Monday, March 16, 2009

Why I don’t believe in mission strategy

Mission can’t be planned beyond the next step because people are unpredictable. We don’t know who will respond or how. In many industries you can match inputs and outputs. But in Christian ministry there’s never a neat correlation between inputs and outputs. You can’t say, ‘If I do these Bible studies with these people then I can guarantee that this is what they’ll be like at the end.’ Mission can’t be planned beyond the next step because people are unpredictable.

And mission can’t be planned beyond the next step because God is sovereign. It’s God who opens hearts to the gospel. We can’t know or predict ahead of time who will become Christians. It’s God’s work to grant faith and repentance. And often he surprises us.

A gret reminder for all servants of the gospel by Tim Chester. Read the entire blog post in full. It's the first in a series on mission planning. Great title.

5 comments:

dave miers said...

there may not be a neat correlation between inputs and outputs, but there's a danger in throwing the baby out with the bath water!

what does "not believing" in mission strategy mean?

- if it means you recognise that God is the mission director and strategist. great.

- if it means you have no strategies. i reckon that's naive. all missiologists have strategies (or at least should). tim chester has a strategy - regardless of how God works things out - he still has a strategy.

Dave Miers said...

comments.

geoffc said...

The title is more a grab for Tim Chester, as he is doing a series on mission planning. So clearly he is not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. And he is DEFINATELY NOT saying we should have no strategies.

Check out his series, he's already done a few posts on it.

Dave, I have one baby resting on my shoulder while I type because she's full of wind, and the toddler is bauling his eyes out in his room. Why are you up at 3am?

geoffc said...

The book of Acts is not the story of the apostles making plans and then putting them into effect. It is the story of the Holy Spirit directing mission. Our job is to keep in step with God. To follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.

In his mopst recent post he begins with;
God’s sovereignty is not an excuse for bad mission!


So in answer to your question, "not believing" in mission strategy is to recognise that God is the mission director and strategist, as you say.

dave miers said...

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