More often than not, when you say that a collection of churches is “partnering in missions,” you really mean that small churches give what little money they think they can afford to a larger church or a missions sending agency that will handle mobilization, screening, indoctrination, training, sending, and maintenance of missionaries on the field. This is not “partnering,” it’s outsourcing. Ernest GoodmanThat's what we are doing. There's no attachment there - none of the formative benefits of doing missions. It's just a different box to check off on the do-gooder's guide to church.
We have to change. We have to get as many people in as many ways possible to be ON mission locally, regionally, and globally for Jesus.
Read the rest of the article and pray about how God would lead us all - small and large churches both - OUT and into missional work.
Ernest's last few words are where the SBC needs to go. Missions are too important to leave to the professionals.
A true missions network would not connect churches in order to do missions, it would connect churches who are doing missions.