Pastors are central to what God is able to do with His Church. As shepherds over your flocks, you can encourage or prevent God's people from their highest calling. Your vision for the lost will inspire them, and your support will send some of them out into the harvest fields.
Below are resources to encourage you, answers to questions you may have about mobilising for missions, links to two organizations that can assist you in your church's journey, as well as videos and resources of note,
This article by Andy Johnson shows how the Bible guides us to various aspects of missions and reveals the central role of the local church in God’s mission. It helps us to understand how missions is for God’s glory, how the local church is the main instrument of missions, and how to apply biblical principles to different situations in missions.
Resources you shouldn't miss
All Africa for Jesus
Emmanuel Kwizera shares the vision of every African who knows and worships Jesus, in an inspirational and clear message. Are you wondering "Why are missions important?". This video will answer that question.
The Distant Boat
The Distant Boat tells the story of Max, a young urban Kenyan who has it all. Max's whole life and perspective is challenged when he meets Yusef, whose people have no church and no Christian witness. Although he wants to help, opposition from family and friends almost causes him to give up. This movie addresses uniquely African challenges in doing missions, and will change the hearts of all who see it.
A missionary is a person who is sent out to work cross-culturally, usually in a spiritually dark place where people have not heard the Gospel. They leave their homes, extended families, church, and comforts to minister to others, often at great cost.