Intervarsity wrote in Top 10 Global Issues in Missions:
“During the course of the Congress, those present were asked what they thought were the key missiological issues which faced the global evangelical church at that time. Many of their responses are summarized in the actual document which came out of the Congress, the Cape Town Commitment. I would encourage you to read this to find out what evangelical leaders from around the world (65% of whom work in the majority world) believe to be the key missiological issues of the day. Amongst the thirty-two areas of need listed, these 10 were perhaps the most important.” (FROM HERE)
Keeping in mind yesterday’s article from Pastor Bill Jenkins, let’s talk about leadership and how some of those top ten global issues apply in missions.
- Unreached People Groups: Did you know that over 80% of people viewing YouTube are outside the United States and Canada? Did you know that Smart Phones are growing fast in places like Mexico? Did you know that when people talk about orality it includes the use of video in communication to those oral learners? Maybe that’s why Youtube is one of the fastest growing social networks in the world? When you have comment sections beneath each Youtube video, this allows for potential building of relationships.
- University Students: According to Harvard, 92% of students text during class. They also do other things besides take notes in class. Research how many international college and university students are in your area. Maybe that’s why CRU and Intervarsity are big into technology? We should take “notes” on this and mimic their efforts. Outside of classrooms, a students’ phone is a third arm–a way to socialize, connect with others, and learn things.
- Other Worlds and Religions: In Africa, 100 million Africans log into Facebook every month. 80% of them are on mobile phones. This is a great opportunity to make connections across the world. It’s also a time to exercise good communication skills and take missions courses through places like Perspectives. Communicating cross-culturally can cause misunderstanding if you don’t know that culture’s nuances. Learn their belief system. For instance, trying to teach the Trinity to a Muslim would cause them to think you are a heretic.
- Witness in Public Life and Plastic Smiles: Sharing scripture is great, but share your life with them, too. Technology is amazing these days. We can have that one-on-one discipleship with the tools on the internet. If we persist on separating the internet from our belt of available tools to use on the field, we are doing things the hard way. Work smarter, not harder, as the saying goes. Otherwise, we might as well hand them a Book of Mormon (read: Hook of Mormonism).
Pastor Bill Jenkins tests of leadership are applicable in Social Media. We should always audit our intentions. For instance, when we get into an online debate, is it to win the debate or help that person understand who Jesus is and how their life could change? How they could be free?