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Mission Rehab: Twelve steps to recovery for the mission addict. By John Bailey
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Transformative, reproducible, sustainable are words used to describe the “new” way of doing mission better. Great attempts are being made to see these concepts realized among the... More > materially poor. Yet, despite our best efforts, there are few communities we can identify that have made the journey from poverty to shalom. Why is the journey of transformation so difficult? Why does poverty persist? Mission models that rob people of God-given dignity are the main problem. Mission models that create dependency and deepen poverty have become addictive for the affluent North American missioner. We have become ensnared in models that view people as projects rather than children of God. There is hope of breaking free from our entangled state. We need to go to mission rehab. The twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous provide a pathway. Just as the twelve steps provide a way for the addict to experience a spiritual awakening, these same steps can provide a path for the missioner seeking shalom.< Less

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