This is the final (and part 6) of this topic:
- To read part one – go HERE.
- To read part two – go HERE.
- To read part three – go HERE.
- To read part four – go HERE.
- To read part five – go HERE.
One more question I have about missions…
6) Is supporting nationals really a much better solution than supporting American missionaries?
The most common response that I've been getting to these questions are ministries that focus on supporting nationals. There are many things that are attractive about that:
- We likely avoid the Americanization of Christianity. That is good.
- It is much less expensive to support nationals than to support Americans to do the same thing.
BUT – there are a couple of things that I am concerned about – when it comes to supporting nationals.
- First, although we (perhaps) avoid the Americanization of that field, we do make that pastor dependent on American money. And then is it really a local church (self-supporting, self-governing)
- Second, how are these pastors held accountable? I'm sure there must be accountability – but it seems even more difficult to hold a national pastor accountable compared to a missionary from our church.
I love the concept of supporting nationals, but I see a couple of pretty big hurdles.
What do you think? What am I missing? Would you rather support an American missionary raising $60,000 per year, or a national pastor who needs $5000 per year?