Reply All
Image: Twin Design / Shutterstock
CT Makers p. 40

Surprised by a wonderfully eccentric list of Christian creatives and innovators featured in the recent @CTmagazine.


Great to see followers of Christ being creative in all realms of culture!


I’m a sucker for top 20 lists and this one does not disappoint,
excellent reporting per usual by @kateshellnutt.

Who Gets to Count That Convert? p. 20

“Who Gets to Count That Convert?” reveals a historical pattern of distorted motivation and measure of mission agencies’ success. Comity agreements of the early 20th century broke down as diverse organizations moved into areas of responsiveness, seeking to claim a portion of the harvest. Reports of conversions, baptisms, and churches planted were necessary to keep support flowing from churches at home.

This resulted in publicized metrics that were suspect, pride in statistics that exceeded what others were doing, and pressure to maintain a perceived pattern of growth and success. Mission agencies became guilty of what Paul characterized as “measuring themselves by themselves and commending themselves with themselves” (2 Cor. 10:12). Of greater consequence was neglect of the harder, resistant fields of unreached and unevangelized peoples where statistics were not forthcoming.

The “bean-counters” and research agencies were the ones perplexed in trying to sort the overlapping reports when movements emerged beyond the clear delineation of denominational identity. However, two positive developments have brought missions to the new paradigm of counting finally reflected by the IMB and others:

Partnership between evangelical mission agencies grew out of a realization that the potential for fulfilling the Great Commission and engaging ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

November
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Christianity Today
Reply All
hide thisOctober October

In the Magazine

October 2016

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.