I believe the call to missions is for the entire church.
Some are called to go and never come back. Some are called to go for shorter periods of time and then return. Some are called to go for brief periods and be helpful to those who do ministry full time.* Many are called to play major rolls in sending others— whether that be financially, prayerfully, or structurally. The entire church has a role to play.
I also believe that one of the reasons churches send so few people out of their doors for the cause of the gospel is because missions is nothing more than a secondary thought in the mind of most pastors. If the culture of a church really is shaped by what is celebrated from the stage, what would happen if a pastor became the loudest champion for taking the gospel to the nations?
It’s my hope that pastors everywhere live and breathe the glory of God among every tribe and every tongue. And because the purpose of my writing is to be helpful to the church, I want to give you my “Top 10 Reasons Why Pastors Should Be Personally Involved In International Missions”.
My hope is to excite some things in your heart. My expectation is that I haven’t earned your trust to keep you reading for 10 entries. So I’m going to start with #1 and we’ll see how far any of us make it.
(*Blog posts to come about the difference between missions worth being involved in versus missions as sightseeing)