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"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 


Why do church and missions leaders need to read OBtAoA?
The missions landscape has been changing dramatically, affected by technology, the availability of low-cost travel, generational changes and local church expectations. Local churches are looking to mission agencies for different things. The very nature of partnership needs to be reviewed through some healthy dialogue.
What is clear from this research is that when partnership between local churches and mission agencies is absent, systemic weaknesses occur in our missions system and our collective ability to fulfil the Great Commission is significantly affected. 
As more local churches want a strong ownership and involvement in missions, we need to define and validate some new partnership models . . . for the sake of the harvest!
I find it hard to read "heavy" missions books.
I'm keen to get a good analysis of Singapore missions.
I need some new ideas which I can use in my missions program, now.
Three Ways to Read the Book
SUGGESTION: Read Section 1 first to get a system overview. As you read through Section 2, enjoy the Conversation  (narrative) chapters, but take special note of the Reflections (the last chapter in each sub-section). 
See explanation of book structure.
SUGGESTION: None of the book is terribly "heavy" but read Section 2 first because 75% of this section is written in narrative form. You will pick up many main ideas in an easy-to-read format. Finally, read Section 1 to tie all the ideas together.
Read why there are 12 narrative chapters.
SUGGESTION: Browse the headings and read the sub-sections in Section 2 which attract your attention. e.g. The first sub-section focusses on how we can respond strategically to the decline in long-term sending.
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Not all books have to be read from page 1. Read this book in a way that optimises what you want to get out of it.