A friend of mine just alerted me to an important post on a subject every local church should consider. Douglas Wilson recently posted an insightful piece on the relationship of local churches to the people they support as missionaries. I suggest that you read it.
He compares supporting missionaries to investing in mutual funds. When you invest in a mutual fund, you don’t get involved in the inner workings of buying and selling, you don’t care how well a single investment is going, whether or not its worthwhile; instead, you care about the bottom line and leave the dirty work up to the fund manager. Is this the proper relationship between a local church and missionaries they send and support?
He closes with the following well-aimed quip:
But because we love our independence, because we are soft in our doctrine of how the Trinity knits us together, we would rather diversify the risk. We love our mutual funds.
He advocates that churches consider supporting fewer missionaries (giving the fewer a greater proportion of funds) for the purpose of providing accountability and spiritual support.
What do you think?