I recently wrote about how difficult it is for pastors to pry their fingers off of ministry and allow the entire body to function. If it’s challenging to relinquish control in our own cultures, it makes sense that it would be even more difficult in cross-cultural ministry—and even more necessary. Whereas many missionaries speak of the need for training nationals for ministry, I’ve not heard any do so as boldly as my friend Steve Hafler, a former missionary to Kenya and Zambia. In this excellent article, published by Frontline Missions, Steve kicks (and cooks) a few sacred cows, urging missionaries to humbly and aggressively implement exit strategies, allowing Zambians to pastor Zambians, Brazilians to pastor Brazilians, and so on.
“In Gospel-saturated areas, the best thing we can do is extract ourselves completely from long-term occupation and let the nationals lead.”
Give it a read, then chime in with biblical thoughts regarding this sort of risk-taking reproduction.