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Church leaders work to revive a passion for missions.

By October 6, 2004

USA (MNN)–Sometimes church leaders need to take a step back, take a deep breath and renew vision. To help sharpen that vision into a clear missions focus, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism holds a pastors consultation.

The Pastors Consultation is designed to provide interchange between a group of pastors, mission administrators and missionaries.

ABWE’s EC Haskell coordinates the event. When asked why this would be important, Haskell says, “One of the problems in so many churches is they see missions as a ‘tack-on’–missions as a ‘program’ of the church. We believe missions is the ‘ministry’ of the church.”

The consultation goes through the end of this week, but another one is scheduled for March. ABWE is committed to nurturing the critical partnership between churches and the mission agency.

Haskell describes the goal of the meetings as one of cultivation. “What we hope they go away with is a new vision, more information on how to draw their church and the people of their church into this matter of world evangelism.”

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