International Conference on Missions host MERCY PARTNERS WORKSHOP " BRIDGE MISSIONS"
- Lookout published an article about Mercy Partners referenced an approach in mission strategy referred to as “ Bridge Missionaries”. While foreign missionaries can bring change to a target culture, authenticity is conveyed by the native Christian. “Bridge missionaries” span the gulf of culture by equally sharing evangelistic efforts with nationals and meeting opportunities of church growth with resources.
How “Bridge Missionaries” came about :
During ICOM’s reset tour, it was established that world dynamics have broken all former concepts on the approach of reaching the lost. Internet, social media and airline infrastructure have reduced distance in many ways. Due to “Global shrinkage” Mercy Partners has been able to employ a relational system within the Sudan which could be applied anywhere.
Why are workshops needed that educate about “Bridge Missionaries”?
Emerging missions are capturing similar dynamics of teaming with indigenous Christians. Their work defies compartmentalization. A persistent idea of “missionaries” being the white colonist on a compound in the bush needs to be debunked. Churches, missionaries and mission organizations need guidance in new opportunities and techniques that long term - minimal impact missions use.
TITLE “Bridging the gap between stateside churches and missionaries.”
Explore various forms of mission strategies. Attendees will be able to define when, who, and how to partner with missionaries. What about all that solicitation?.. Learn etiquette in engaging and disengaging missionaries. Foster “Glocal” impact even among missions that you may not financially support.
TITLE “Bridging the gap between missionaries and foreign churches.”
Missionary or missionary “want to be”? As foreign missionaries we can bring beneficial change to a target culture, this change can endure if we partner with native Christians in the likeness of Paul and Barnabas. “Bridge missionaries” span the gulf of culture by equally sharing evangelistic efforts with nationals and meeting opportunities of church growth with resources. Learn how your present mission systems can adapt to employ some of the techniques of shared evangelism. Learn how to team with natives and how to design an accountability structure.