* The Power and Guidance of the Holy Spirit
According to Acts 1:8, there shall be no mission, let alone excellence, except the believers receive the Holy Spirit. In order to be effective witnesses, we must wait for the Holy Spirit. The fuel for missions is not money, skill education, strategies or even manpower, it is the Holy Spirit.
- A Clear Understanding of Mission, Vision and Values
Mission statement describes why a ministry exists; a vision statement describes what success should be; values describe acceptable standards of behavior for individuals in an organization. Any organization, ministry or Church that desires to excel must clearly understand why they exist, what they aspire to be and how to measure the success and then what acceptable norms govern their behaviour.
- Application of Contextual Strategies
Mission stakeholders need to identify and employ the strategy relevant to the target audience. For example, human needs strategy such as veterinary medicine is a very relevant strategy in witnessing to the Fulani and other unreached people who rear animals. Innovative strategies like sports and media (especially electronic) will fit well in ministry to youth. We need to be all things to all men, so that by God’s grace we can win some.
No organization will grow more than its leader(s). We need mission and evangelism leaders who know the way, go the way and encourage others to follow the way. This kind of leadership is the Christ-like, servant-hood style.
- Relevant Training for Missionaries and Evangelists
Believers who sense God’s call to submit themselves as full-time or short-term missionaries need to have relevant and adequate training in order to be effective, efficient, and successful.
- Good Network and Partnership in Missions
Jesus Christ does not only command the unity of networking and partnership of missions, he also prayed for such unity amidst all Christians (John 17:20 – 24). Believers are to view the great commission as their joint divine assignment. They are to contribute together their spiritual giftedness, human resources, physical resources, financial resources, and the like in order to expend them not on themselves, but towards the pursuance of global evangelization.
Jesus Christ expects all believers to exhibit faultless and exemplary stewardship of all resources he commits into their hands. Missionaries and Christian witnesses need to be coming together for joint reports, evaluation, and suggestions for improvement concerning their task of global evangelism.
- Anchor Change and Be Dynamic
God only does wondrous things full of unprecedented goodness and glory (Ps. 72:18 – 19). Therefore, all Christian workers who rely totally on God can never do routine things, but do things with unprecedented result that glorify God.
The fact that Christianity is a revelatory faith makes it pertinent and mandatory for research for revelatory truth and wisdom of God to be continuous in the practice of all Christians (Phil. 2:13; 1 Cor. 1:24).
Good and great as the above factors are, excellence in missions will dwindle where funds are not available to implement the plans and strategies. A sizable part of the church or organization’s budget should go to mission funding. May God open our eyes to meet this need!
In conclusion, Jesus says, “…and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end shall come” Matt.24:14. Attaining excellence in missions requires that every Bible-believing Christian – Baptists inclusive, rise, engage, capture and conquer kingdoms for the Master. Excellence must be measured in terms of doing God’s will in God’s ways, not what human expectation or judgment proclaim. May the Holy Spirit draw our hearts together around this common purpose of excelling in missions, the only reason why the church exists, the lack of total fulfillment being the only reason why Christ is yet to come. Oh Lord Jesus, make us excel in your work through your Spirit! Amen.