The tag line reads, “The mission never changes but missions change all the time.” One little “s” changes the meaning. The difference is small but there is a difference. In reality, mission and missions are two sides of the same coin. However, there is a priority between the two because without mission there are no missions.
Mission is God’s action to redeem and restore for his own sake. The mission of God began as a way to speak about the Trinity until the 16th century. The failure of missions endeavors of the Enlightenment and failures in colonialism propelled a change as theologians began connecting Trinitarian theology with missiology.
Missions come from the mission. The mission is God’s and missions are the churches actions in accordance with God’s mission. The famous missiologist Stephen Neill said, “When everything is missions nothing is missions.” He said this because missiology became less focused on the redemptive actions like evangelism and discipleship and became more social and humanitarian focused. For us here, missions are actions with a redemptive focus. Humanitarian actions are good. Giving clean water to people who are thirsty is very good. Giving food to hungry people is very good. Providing education, literacy, housing, business aids, medical care, etc are all very good things but these are not missions. The Peace Corps, Red Cross, and other organizations are not missions organizations. To be clear, missions are those actions which resemble the sentiments of Jesus when he said, “Go therefore and makes disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always until the end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20).
On this site, you will see an array of missions ideas, stories, and testimonials on this site. Missiology means “the study and practice of missions” so both the academic and pragmatic aspect of missions will be explored. There is a difference in how people have done and thought about missions in the past. Missions today are different than when William Carey first got started in Serampore. The historical aspects of missions must be studied without nostalgic glasses. Likewise, missions today must be examined critically and thoroughly to ensure best practices and best thinking are used in the advancement of the Kingdom.
Full disclosure, on this site you will find the thoughts of a biblically conservative evangelical missionary, other like minded missionaries, and church planters. The posts and videos on this site are usually taking away time from writing a dissertation that needs to be finished. They do not write themselves but it would be nice if they did!