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Mission and World Christianity

Sustainable Missions for a Livable World

When: June 9, 2022, 3:30 pm - Thursday

Where: Ezell 241

Session 5

Session Abstract

All mission efforts begin with sincere and good intentions, but too often they lack adequate emphasis and planning for sustainable, long-term results, especially those that are service oriented. To be sustainable, missions should maximize long term impacts by transferring leadership and responsibility to locals and ensuring that the work done will benefit the local communities long after the foreign workers return home.  This session brings together successful organizations focused on church planting, medical aid, and community development to explain how they plan, execute, and involve local populations to maximize long term impact.  Panel members will also describe how these different approaches can work together to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the communities they serve.


Jim Carpenter, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Steve Sherman, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Benny Baker, Misión Para Cristo, Panelist
  • Jody Jones, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Doris Clark, Predisan, Panelist

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