"From what I can see today in missions, there tends to be greater overlap than there was in the past, and most people don't know how to deal with the overlap."
- Missions Pastor Larry
(From page 223 of OBtAoA)
"The felt need for relationship is vastly diminished in the absence of long-term sending. Churches simply feel they can do project-related missions work by themselves."
- Agency Board Member Hu
(From page 66 of OBtAoA)
"I think most people recognise that agencies have decades of experience, well-developed processes and local networks in different countries. We want to do the work [of direct sending] but we know that we can use some expert help. That is why I said we would like you to be our consultants."
- Missions Pastor Noah
(From page 180 of OBtAoA)
"Perhaps, the anticipation of a Fifth Era in missions may be the carrot that will entice us towards partnership."
- W M Syn
(From page 274 of OBtAoA)
On Being the Antioch of Asia
is case study in
missions, focussing on the evolving nature of partnership between churches and mission agencies in Singapore. It is not a uniquely Singaporean issue, but there are particular facets of the discussion which are shaped by the Asian context. This case study is about the relevance and value of partnership in a world where local churches are wanting greater ownership in missions. It is also an evaluation of what happens in the missions system when long-term sending is increasingly being replaced by short-term efforts and where partnership between local churches and mission agencies is increasingly seen as an optional extra.
W M Syn courageously invites us all to a critical analysis of the status quo and to a discernment of the opportunities and challenges that shape the future of mission work. This book is both timely and thought provoking.
- Michel Kenmogne, Executive Director, SIL International
On Being the Antioch of Asia draws from research which involved 65 missions stakeholders in the - 50 of which were Singaporeans. Each voice represents a snapshot and an important perspective of missions in Singapore. The book celebrates the tremendous things which have happened in Singapore missions and also challenges us to look to the next steps of our growth as a movement.
I so wish I had had the chance to read this when I became a missions pastor more than seven years ago—it would have benefited me tremendously during my time in the role. As I read the book, I kept getting ideas and thinking of things I would have done differently if I had this information before!
- Pastor Cameron Walcott, Pastor, The Cornerstone Michigan
Former Missions Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Singapore