How is your local church engaged in executing Christ's directive to "Go into all the world"? In many cases the term "missions" is synonymous with two weeks in a third world country painting buildings some crazy color with the worst selection of tools available.
Do the leaders of your church ever stop to ask some probing questions that might make some people squirm?
* Can That Short-term Missions Job Have Been Done More Cost Effectively, If We Just Sent The Money? * Did The Team Members Really Make A Difference, or, Was It Just An Exotic Rustic Vacation?
* If The Church Has Limited Resources, Is The Money That We Spend On "Missions" Going To Advance The Mandate Of The Great Commission? * Is Our Church Better Off Because Of Our Current Involvement In Missions?