But one–collaboration–rose to the top.
“Take that old African proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’” says Pastor Bruce Huseby.
Great opportunities lie ahead for mission agencies and local churches that work together. The question is: how?
Huseby handles missions at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He’s also a voice for the local church on national platforms like Missio Nexus.
With a foot in each world, Huseby sees first-hand the challenges facing each side.
“We, at a local church, kind of live in our own world, and the mission agency leadership live in their world; and it’s hard to bring the two together.”
Local churches “can tend to be very isolated and tend to think, ‘We’re going to do it on our own,’” Huseby has observed.
“We can think we’re going to go off and be the saviors of the world, do things that the mission leaders haven’t been part of.”
On the other side, “Agencies are dealing with some of the harsh realities of downsizing, how [to] figure out where their funding’s coming from.
“Neither way is the best way,” Huseby concludes.
The real question and challenge remains: “How do we as mission agencies and churches come together to celebrate each other–that we’re [both] part of the Body of Christ?”
Big questions like this often aren’t solved overnight. It’s why Missio Nexus exists: to open dialogue between missions-minded believers who might not connect otherwise.
As each party pursues the same goal–the fulfillment of the Great Commission, God opens doors for them to collaborate. Would you pray toward this end?