1 Timothy 5:7-8, “7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (ESV)
In this series we are investigating the different components of a successful missionary endeavor. In the development of a mission, there are not just missionaries. There are other missional entities, which partner in unison, to allow the body of Christ to thrive. God desires for all of them to work together. The important thing is to recognize these parts of the body and nurture working relationships with them as we live as missionaries.
I propose that the most fruitful path to embark on, as missionaries, is nurturing solid relationships with 10 missional entities (There used to be six, but I have extended them to ten.), all of which are part of the body of Christ, and finally with the Bible and Jesus himself. They must nurture relationships with…
- … a sending church
- … a mission agency
- … a receiving church
- … a missionary team
- … a “person of peace”
- … the family
- … the extended family
- … the secular community
- ….the Word of God
- …Jesus Christ, the living God.
This paper will define the then areas of relationship building. Our own family experience as a house church will be reflected upon. The things learned from the current mission to the Canada will added. There will also be some advice on how to nurture the relationships in these ten areas. (Read More)
See the compete original article at : http://ubfriends.net/missionaries-must-nurture-relationships-with-extended-family/