1 missionary for every 216,300 people – The Traveling Team
How can a pastor of a 300 to 5,000 member church give quality time to each congregant member? How can a missionary possibly give quality time to 216,300 people? How can a famous online Christian with thousands or millions of followers develop individual relationships with strangers? In a recent conversation, someone wanted to give a lead on a new believer to a missionary. Instead, I encourage every church member to tap into the resources available, the guidance of mentors at your church, and available missionaries or pastors to ask for help in answering the call to an unbelievers questions about Jesus. That’s what I do…one of my jobs as a worker with WorldVenture is to empower the believer to answer God’s calling in their own lives through social media.
Here are more stats from The Traveling Team.
MISSIONARIES PER RELIGION:
Tribals – 714,108,000 population with 11,900 Missionaries: 1 for every 60,000
Hindus – 984,532,000 population with 5,500 Missionaries: 1 for every 179,000
Unreligious – 831,267,000 population with 11,700 Missionaries: 1 for every 71,000
Muslims – 1,703,146,000 population with 4,200 Missionaries: 1 for every 405,500
Buddhists – 520,002,000 population with 2,000 Missionaries: 1 for every 260,000
With Social Media and technology, the church congregation can partner with their church’s mission and vision to reach their community, and the church can partner with their missionary organization to work directly with available missionaries in building local churches and local fellowship of faiths greatly reducing the above stats; thereby answering a calling.
Imagine if a believer in our own country took the time and trouble to build relationships on and offline with a non-believer who may not agree with them politically, culturally, and who may have come from another country. Imagine if that non-believer became a believer and was taught to share the Gospel with friends and family members via Social Media who live in their home country in their heart language?
But first, the congregation needs individual training on how to answer God’s call on and offline. It’s harder than it sounds. It’s much easier to give in to insecurity and pass on the opportunity to our pastors and missionaries. Developing those online and offline relationships can be acutely frustrating, challenging, but worth it. Learning about the culture, understanding the language (even while using Google Translate), and learning to care about the person you are speaking to in person and online is an important part of a church congregation partnering with their church in online outreach teams.
To learn more about me, go to worldventure.com/nhahn. Support me in empowering a worldwide media movement.