This is not scientific; it is anecdotal. But based on 20-plus years in church mobilization and missionary training, here are the Top Ten Reasons Churches Call Propempo:
Another disclaimer: These are the presenting issues, not necessary the true or deeper issues. Also, these are the issues expressed from their initiative, not our probing.
- short term missions has or is a big problem; help us figure out how to structure and reign it in so that is complementary and not taking primacy in our missions efforts
- our missionary support looks like a shot-gun blast on the world map; there is no consistency or pattern or vision holding it all together; help us get that sorted out
- our congregation yawns with complacency over missions; help us stimulate a fresh vision for their individual involvement and responsibility in missions.
- our pastor and key leadership don’t understand missions; they’re focused on growing our church; they feel threatened by missions fund-raising, missions platform time, etc.
- we have no strategic vision for missions at all; we support a bunch of institutional or older missionaries, no fresh blood, no fresh ideas, no strategy for UPGs
- how can we energize and mobilize our young people and young adults to consider missions ministry long-term?
- how, why, and to what ends can we expand our giving for world missions?
- how does world missions fit into a legitimate emphasis on reaching our own community with the Gospel? should our efforts and expenses be 50-50?
- we have a problem missionary that is causing problems on the field and/or in our church; how can we handle that? discipline him? rein him/them in? graciously cut off their support? what do we do?
- we’ve love to revamp our whole missions structure and policies; please help us do that?
Propempo fixes that!