The fourth, questionable point we want to consider in our hypothetical ‘Mission 101’ course is one that is often heard from Evangelical pulpits. There is also an anti-clericalism about it as it relates to both missions and ministry. It is this:
Point 4: ‘We are all missionaries. Missions is not just for a select group of professional missionaries.’
Such a way of thinking is the product of a ‘priesthood of all believers’ theology, an appropriate theological conviction from the Reformation period so long as it is not overdrawn to the point of undermining serious ministerial training and a distinction of roles in a body of believers with different but complementary gifts of the Spirit. Indeed, in language slightly altered from the previous post, which tackled the question of broadening ‘missions’ into everything, if everyone is a missionary, then nobody is a missionary.
Not everyone is gifted to be a missionary, however we d…