Is It Unethical to Use Work as a “Cover” for Missions?

Plus more unexpected questions about missions


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September 12, 2022


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Watch our missions roundtable discussion

How can “non-traditional skills” be an asset when taking part in the Great Commission? Do missionaries have talents beyond the obvious? And can someone take part in the Great Commission without leaving home? Tune into this missions roundtable discussion where we converse about these questions and more.

For this Missions Roundtable, we were joined by a veteran missionary and a few newbies to discuss topics such as connecting with underground church leaders, incorporating family and ministry and finding significance in the mundane aspects of life on the field. The whole video is about 34 minutes long but divided into short chapters (see timestamps below). If you enjoyed this one, be sure to watch our Mission Roundtables and subscribe to our YouTube channel.​

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  • 00:00 — Introductions
  • 04:16 — Underground church leaders
  • 07:03 — Is it unethical to use work as a “cover” for missions?
  • 09:56 — Seeing God in the details of daily life
  • 13:08 — Finding significance in work that doesn’t feel “special”
  • 17:27 — Incorporating family on the field
  • 25:21 — God used this woman’s unlikely degree
  • 26:19 — Encouragement for people with non-traditional skills
  • 33:01 — Wrap-up

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