The Great Omission

by Steve Saint


We make the great commission look like “Feed the world spiritual fish” rather than “Distribute spiritual fish samples then train two things to all those who want more: 1) how to fish for themselves, and 2) how to teach others to fish.”


I think Steve has earned the right to be heard.  He lost his father to a hostile tribe in Ecuador.  Years later Steve went and lived with that same tribe.  He has seen people on short-term mission trips do more harm than good.  And he shares his feelings and thoughts on reaching every people-group with the Good News of Jesus.


The purpose of mission is to plant indigenous churches that are self-propagating, self-governing, and self-supporting.  [Instead] we end up transplanting our own church into a setting where it doesn’t fit.  We pretend that we build a church for them, and they pretend to appreciate it. 


Dependency is just as deadly whether created with good intentions or ill.  The cure for dependency is long and painful.  Prevention is the best policy.  Three reasons not to give “things” to the poor…


My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” located in the left side-bar of this blog.

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