Were Missionaries the First “Influencers”?

Plus more unexpected questions about missions


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February 6, 2023


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Watch our Missions Roundtable discussion

In a recent conversation, former field workers shared their perspectives on some of the big questions about missions. Hear them talk about memorable encounters, radical self-care, what success really looks like and what they would say to someone considering missions.

Joining the group this time are two special guests: Ted Esler, president of Missio Nexus, the leading missions network, and Mark Syn, international director of Pioneers. We loved having them. The whole video is about 55 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 — What is a missionary?
  • 07:37 — On-the-field experiences
  • 15:58 — Meaningful encounters with locals
  • 20:12 — Spiritual and mental health on the field
  • 28:35 — Tracking spiritual victories—helpful or wrong?
  • 38:11 — Missionaries were the first “influencers”
  • 49:12 — Are you thinking about doing missions?

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Are missionaries just colonists in religious garb? Watch our roundtable discussion to find out.

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