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We’re continually guided by Jesus’s words to his disciples in John 4: 35, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” We live right in the middle of the world’s biggest mission field; we don’t have to go into all the world— the world is all around us. A missional church recognizes this reality and effectively prepares and sends its members back into that mission field: our own backyards. We call those faithful disciples backyard missionaries.

 

Easum, Bill; Tenny-Brittian, Bill (2012-11-01). Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: The Essential Guide to Finding and Keeping the Right People (Kindle Locations 875-879). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.