A Plea for Gospel Sanity in Missions

Mr. Sequeira has a beneficial article that seems to get to the heart of the matter with much of what goes on in the world of missions. He’s a Christian-background Indian who writes here of the abuses he’s seen in his own country, including some of the weaknesses with which Western Christians support missions work, especially the fast-moving kind that promises quick results.


“But sadly, most churches–even those that hold to a more robust God-centered theology of the gospel–have bought into this false idea that ‘rapid growth’ is the primary sign of God’s blessing. The faster you grow, the more faithful you are.”

His outline:

Part I: Obsessed with Numbers

Part II: Over-awed by the “Supernatural”

Part III: Over-Eager for Contextualization

Another great quote:

“The craze for numbers and the push for rapid growth results in ‘churches’ that have no gospel, no trained leadership, no theology, and no depth–making them easy prey for the heresies of prosperity theology, syncretism, and other false teachings.”

-Aubrey Sequeira

The whole article

(Dangerous Desire for Church Growth,

Miller: Success, Failure, and Grace,

Church Growth, Planning, and Multiplication,

Starting Churches: Making Disciples,

Analysis of T4T,

Phương pháp ‘Môn Đồ Hóa Dựa Trên Sự Vâng Phục’ là chủ nghĩa luật pháp phải không?)