Home David Mays Updated: January, 2008
Changing Financial Perceptions
● The cost of doing church is increasing and the missions budget is pinched.
● Younger and larger churches set aside smaller percentages for the "missions budget."
● The missions budget gets tapped for a widening range of needs.
● Church leaders spend more for internal missions mobilization and travel.
Changing Church Operation
● Congregations meet fewer times per week than in the past.
● Missions leadership is moving from lay volunteers to church staff.
● Leaders focus more on help for this life and less on salvation for eternal life.
● There is little opportunity for public exposure to missionaries and missions.
● Biblical education on missions and the Great Commission is minimal.
Changing Understanding of Missions
● "Missions" is giving way to "mission," which is both here and there.
● Missional churches expect everyone to be involved in mission, often via community projects and mission trips.
● Church plants view themselves as a 'mission' to their community.
● The scope of missions has broadened to include almost any ministry that helps people, including ministry to and for Christians in our community.
Changing Methods of Missions
● Churches are sending many more short-term mission teams.
● Churches are concentrating their energies on fewer missionaries and fields.
● Churches are favoring a project and results orientation over long term commitment.
● Missions is increasingly oriented toward compassion ministries.
● Missions is increasingly church-directed and partnership oriented.
Changing Church People
● People are busier and have less time available.
● People tend to follow the culture more than the Scripture.
● People are more globally aware.
● Many young people have a great desire for authenticity and intimacy with God.
● Enterprising individuals step out and make a difference in the world.
David Mays, January 2008. www.davidmays.org