Local churches in global missions: developing a strategic plan to help Christian Reformed churches to engage in international missions
Steven J Van Zanen
The thesis of this project is that mission agencies must respond to the felt needs of congregational leaders in order to move the whole church toward international mission engagement. Sixty pastors were surveyed using a random sample of Christian Reformed Church pastors to ascertain what their congregations most needed in order to do international missions well, resulting in a strategic plan to serve congregations. A number of key findings were: that pastors believe their congregations need communication from missionaries, connecting to them, improved relationships between their churches and communities overseas, learning-and-doing opportunities and help connecting global and local mission.