Craig Ott offers some advice on what is
becoming the popular practice of supporting national pastors and missionaries:
support of native workers is a model that national churches cannot reproduce.
a strategy is based on the assumption that the spread of the gospel depends on
can create dependency and stunt giving in national churches.
dependence on Western funds can reinforce feelings of inferiority.
support can create a mercenary spirit among nationals.
paid workers are not always more effective, and sometimes are even less effective
and credible than lay workers.
can rob the national church of the joy of being a truly missionary church.
national missionaries may not be the bargain it appears.
money instead of missionaries comes dangerously close to compromising the very
essence of the Great Commission.
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Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.