Expertise in various disciplines of evangelism, leadership training and church development
Over they years they develop expertise in various disciplines of evangelism, leadership training and church development. Furthermore, they have to learn to do this within other cultural parameters. That means missionaries can bring a unique perspective and added insight to church issues that could assist many pastors and congregations. Missionaries have more to give than just a testimony!
Perhaps this is what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote to the Philippians: “You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone.” Philippians 4:15
It is true that missionaries need to receive the love, prayers, encouragement, and financial support of congregations who are committed to the Great Command of bringing the Gospel to the whole world. Those whom God calls need to be adequately supported in order for their ministries to be fruitful and growing! Surely, though, we could learn more from our missionaries if we spent time asking them questions that apply to our own church situations.