In the coming decades of the twenty-first century, Christian missions

will focus their efforts towards supporting local churches, pastorsand evangelists of the foreign nations they want to preach to,instead of sending missionaries to full-time work in overseasnations. This is because, “statistics reveal that fewermissionaries from the United States are committing themselves tofull-time work in foreign countries”.1As a result, Christian missions have to find a new focus to ensurethat they continue spreading the gospel and doing religious works.2

Economic considerations will also influence efforts to supportmissions that involve sending aid directly to church leaders. Thechanging economic times, like the financial crisis, creates a need tofind ways to cut the expenses incurred in sending missionaries toother countries. The argument is that the amount of money spent insupporting one missionary in an overseas country, can be used tooffer financial aid to more than one local church in the targetcountries.3Biblicalexample for such financial help exists in Acts 11: 27-30, whenoffering were collected to assist believers in a different part ofthe globe.

Christian missions will also change their efforts from conventionalforms as well as structures towards innovative Christian missions.Research indicates that most Christian missions have a churchmindset.4This means that they focus on bringing more people to the church, asthe only ideal place for worshippers to gather. However, our cultureis constantly changing and so are the mindsets of people. Many peopleno longer believe in the church, which reduces the possibility thatmore people will be willing to go to churches. Hence, missionarieswill be compelled to find new ways of evangelizing, for instance bygathering people in places such as restaurants, movie theaters andmalls among other places. This is supported by the Bible in the bookof Matthew 28: 19, where believers are encouraged to preach thegospel in all places of the world, not just from the church.

In addition, Christian missions cannot ignore the widespread use oftechnology in our social life, which enhances the need for modernmission efforts. We have become a digital population. Hence, “missionin the future will need to adapt to the new reality of potentialrecruits’ immersion in extensive social connectivity”.5This means that church missions will become immersed in the digitalworld. They will rely on social network connectivity in doingmissionary work.


Costella, Matt. “Missions in the 21st Century: Should we Change ourFocus?” Fundamental Evangelistic Association. December 03,2014.

Mohler, Albert. “Christian Missions in the Third Millenium.”, February 10, 2014.

Richardson, Rick. “Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions.”International Bulletin of Missionary Research 37 no. 2 (2013):79-84.

Stetzer, Ed. “Amplifying Evangelism – The Future of Outreach andMission.” Christianity Today, February 12, 2016.

1 Matt Costella. “Missions in the 21st Century: Should we Change our Focus?” Fundamental Evangelistic Association. December 03, 2014.

2 Albert Mohler. “Christian Missions in the Third Millenium.”

3 Matt Costella

4 Ed Stetzer. “Amplifying Evangelism – The Future of Outreach and Mission.” Christianity Today, February 12, 2016.

5 Rick Richardson. “Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 37 no. 2 (2013): 83.