More Missionary Pastors

If we are to have more missionary pastors the subject of missions must receive larger attention in the theological seminaries. Chairs of missions should be established and filled only by men possessing both scientific attainments and a passion for the world’s evangelization.

Students should be required to make an exhaustive study of the moral and religious condition of the unevangelized world, of the ground and history of missions, of the lives of great missionaries and of the methods of enlisting the fullest cooperation of the churches in the work of missions.

Pastors should be taught to look on their churches, not only as a field to be cultivated, but also as a force to be wielded on behalf of the world’s evangelization.

No student should be counted worthy to assume the duties of the ministry who has not acquired a world-wide horizon and who has not caught the real missionary spirit, that is, the spirit of Christ.

 John R Mott, The Evangelization of the Word in This Generation

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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