Should I prioritize personal field visits?

Yes. 

Reasonably, depending on the size and resources of your church, the pastor should try to visit one missionary or one swath of missionaries every other year or so.  This should be considered as part of your job description.  It doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone; you may find it advantageous or even necessary to be accompanied by someone with more experience in the particular area you’re trying to visit.  You may need some training in security procedures.

Again, you must not consider this a vacation or an opportunity for being in the limelight.  This is not a ministry spotlight trip for you and your gifts; this is a shepherding ministry trip to and for the missionary.  It doesn’t mean that you need to stay in a cave or ignore the opportunity to take in cultural sites and features.  But it should not be a teaching or preaching tour.

 


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