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Re: Danger in Foreign Missions

Postby Tim Bonney » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:10 pm

Sandy wrote:I don't think you can gather much from the bios on their website. A few of those on there do list degrees, including those appropriate for missions service, and there are a couple who use the title Doctor, assuming that's a PhD or a theology degree. It's not a thing anymore on church or ministry websites to have long lists of "degrees and pedigrees". Smiling faces, short video clips and a casual appearance are the thing now. I know from seminary friends who didn't get accepted by the IMB that there are agencies who send anyone willing and provide limited training. I don't think we will ever know anything about this particular missionary's motivation or plan. But it will be a black eye on the modern missions movement.


Remember, this isn’t a local church (far as I can tell) it is a missionary sending and training agency. IMB certainly list pretty long qualifications on its leadership page. https://www.imb.org/leadership/

Best guess is that this is a very small self created missionary agency whose participants and leaders are a pretty limited group of people.
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Re: Danger in Foreign Missions

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:30 pm

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Re: Danger in Foreign Missions

Postby William Thornton » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:03 pm

Tim Bonney wrote:Article from the Kansas City Star.

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn- ... 8gL0JVjAYY


Nothing new in that piece and a few facts left out but a valid opinion on the matter.

I'd guess that the more we know, the more this looks like mission sending agency malpractice. Just conjecture.

IMB SBC may be lumbering and slow but their long experience with such things has great value. There are plenty of young, energetic, romantic, zealous adventurers around. This isn't the 18th or 19th century.
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Re: Danger in Foreign Missions

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:17 pm

William Thornton wrote:
IMB SBC may be lumbering and slow but their long experience with such things has great value. There are plenty of young, energetic, romantic, zealous adventurers around. This isn't the 18th or 19th century.


The young, energetic, adventurers bring a lot to the table. But there is something to be said for the "lumbering slow" experienced mission agencies. Having served on the ABC Board for International Missions, I know there was a long and careful process for choosing and training missionaries and also for choosing mission locations.

Bigger picture, I do have concerns that any religious group (Christian or otherwise) that believes their imperative to share their religion with me overrides all of my own free will, choices, privacy, etc. That could turn into Jehovah Witnesses on steroids, as in people who won't go away when I tell them I'm not interested.
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