This is a hard hitting segment from a much longer blog post on the Bible and Mission blog by Rollin Grams .
“Most mission agencies have lost the vision of mission. Yes, it is true—and I am not trying to be sensationalist about this. I’m not saying that they have the wrong mission—they probably have pretty well worked out mission statements, and they likely are all passionate about their stated mission. True, some of the agencies have such broad statements of what their vision for mission is that they lack any focus (I have worked for mission agencies like this, and it makes ministry difficult as there is little support from the mission for your ministry). The problem with mission agencies typically lies not in their vision and mission statements, though, but in their practice of mission. Let’s set aside mission agencies with a singular focus, such as Bible translation, relief support, development, or medical missions. Let’s talk about the ‘sending agency’ missions. Someone gets excited about foreign missions in a local church and is directed to a mission sending agency. They get screened with the usual screening: they are Christian, can articulate some sense of calling into missions, pass a battery of psychological tests, and seem to have a way of fitting into the many things going on in the mission agency’s fields of ministry. This is enough to convince people that some kind of mission is taking place. Read more