• M Taylor posted an update 6 months ago

    “Freeing Congregational Mission” is a great read on the need for Christian believers to work together on missions that is long-lasting instead of being self-serving. Around 260 pages, the book addresses several topics as:

    – The greater potential positive impact of longer- term missions as opposed to shorter term mission trips (short-term mission trips are not themselves bad, but a longer-term partnership can be more fruitful over the long haul).

    – The need for mission work to be about those being ministered to instead of making the church members making the mission trip to feel better about themselves (hint: it’s not about us!).

    – The paternalistic approach of some missions (i.e. – the people going on the mission trip can potentially act as if they are inherently superior to those who are being ministered to). The mission trip needs to be more of a partnership (we can learn from each other).

    – The history of missions.

    – Suggested curriculum for preparing for a short term mission trip.

    – Effective ways for ministering to orphans and vulnerable families.

    – What we can learn from mission trips.

    After reading enough of this book to get the gist of what the authors are presenting, here’s what I like about the title:

    – Easy to read and understand.

    – Covers a wide range of relevant topics on the subject.

    – Good practical suggestions.

    – Good insights on what is working and how to improve current missions.

    – Smooth transition from chapter to chapter.

    – Several examples of experiences of people making mission trips and what they learned.

    – Really like the emphasis on missions being a partnership instead of a paternalistic approach.

    Very good read and will be read more deeply and slowly in the future. Good resource for churches wanting to make a greater impact on their missions. Highly recommended. I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.