Joe Dillon, missional church strategist for the International Mission Board, spoke on the importance of team leaders spending time in prayer.
Churches that are most effective in mobilizing for missions are those that recognize spiritual warfare and are committed to praying for God to have the victory.
said prayer should be the central focus in a church; not just something done before the offering.
"When it comes to engaging lostness, prayer needs to be everything," he
said that for all the planning, something usually fails to go according to plan during the mission trip.
When that happens, prayer is crucial.
"Give your people opportunity to see God work out stressful situations that you can't," he
American traditions won't work
also spoke on team leaders understanding the context in which they are going to serve.
"We naturally tend to reproduce the patterns we are most comfortable with.
People do what they have always done, even if it hasn't worked," he
Team leaders must shift their perspective and focus not on changing the message they share with those who are lost, but the way in which they present it.
One example Dillon
shared is how mission teams often go overseas and build a building for a church planter.
While well intended, in some cultures that does more harm than good, as it creates a dependency on a physical structure instead of on God.
The "attractional model" of church that may work well in a predominantly Christian culture is failing us, Dillon