April 2007 | Vol. 2 | Issue 4
Financing the Task
Revisiting the Western Church’s Role in Funding Global Missions.
The traditional Western approaches to the funding of missions seem increasingly inadequate. Many of the growing incongruencies involve the local church’s role in supporting global ministry. As costs have soared over the past several decades, many “faith-based” agencies have watched the percentage of missionaries’ funding coming from local churches sharply decrease. Often churches’ undesignated agency support has declined even more steeply.
Some agencies now encourage appointees to concentrate their efforts on raising funds from individuals rather than churches. Others pay lip service to the priority of church support yet ruefully admit that funding comes more easily and quickly from individuals. . .[Click below to continue]