For Elders and Missions Committees
Lesson 6: MI$$ION$ AND MONEY
A. THE PROBLEM OF DEPENDENCY
1. The local agenda is set by outsiders.
2. Progress locally is dependent upon outside funds.
3. Foreign-salaried preachers are not free to innovate.
4. Self-image and community image is diminished.
5. What may have been intended as short-term assistance becomes long-term addiction.
B. HOW CAN WE HELP WITHOUT HURTING?
1. Funds should only be given for projects that can be maintained locally.
2. Aid given by foreign partners should be tied to what locals have already given.
3. Financial partners should be open about the nature of the local accountability structure, trust that structure, and give funds to specific projects without excessive earmarking.
4. The financial partnership is best served if the missionary is not the middleman receiving and disbursing funds.
C. LESSONS FROM THE PAST
1. Henry Venn and Rufus Anderson (Anglican and Congregationalists Mission Boards, 1850s)
a. Self-support of nationals
b. Self-propagating churches
c. Self-governing churches
2. John Nevius (Presbyterian, China/Korea, 1885)
a. Three selves
b. Strict church discipline
c. Benevolence by native Christians
3. Roland Allen (Anglican, China, 1895)
a. All teaching must be such that those who receive it can retain it and pass it on.
b. All organization must be able to perpetuate itself.
c. Churches must operate independent of foreign funds.
d. A sense of mutual responsibility must be at work in the church through a mobilized membership.
e. The church must be given authority to conduct its own affairs immediately after its inception.
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