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The Pace of Missions Scott Moreau. Monochronic vs Polychronic Time Time as a ribbon or road Attend to one thing Time almost tangible Interruptions unwelcome.

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1 The Pace of Missions Scott Moreau

2 Monochronic vs Polychronic Time Time as a ribbon or road Attend to one thing Time almost tangible Interruptions unwelcome Scheduling Clock-Promptness Privacy valued Time as a point Multi-level simultaneous involvement Time intangible No problem with interruptions No scheduling Relational-promptness Privacy not valued Monochronic Polychronic

3 Lines in Mono- and Polychronic Cultures MONOchronic: Time as a ribbon or road... POLYchronic: Time as a point...

4 Biblical “Pace”: Acts 1:1-11 Jesus began to do and teach Until the day he was taken up/After he said this, he was taken up After giving instructions After his suffering he showed himself and gave proofs that he was alive He appeared to them over a period of 40 days On one occasion he was eating with them Wait for the gift my Father promised In a few days you will be baptized At this time are you going to restore Israel? It is not for you to know times and dates He will come back in the same way...

5 The Pace of Communication From letters by boat and telegrams to letters by air and international phoning... to 24/7 instant access The new information technology, Internet and , have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications. Peter Drucker

6 The Pace of Communications: The Internet The growthThe growth of the Internet How does the Internet change things?change things? You are here!

7 The Pace of Transportation From a scale of months to a scale of weeks... to a scale of hours and days By the year 2010, almost 1 billion people will be traveling by air.1 billion people will be traveling by air.

8 The Pace of Mission From burial in country of service... to occupational life in cross-cultural service... to short-term projects in cross-cultural settings Short-term missions... is not a one-time phenomenon. The missions landscape has changed, and mission agencies that adapt to it, while remaining faithful to biblical principles, will prosper. Stan Guthrie, Missions in the Third Millennium, 92. Nineteenth-century missionaries to West Africa packed their belongings in wooden coffins, never expecting to return to their homelands. They were short-term workers only in the sense that many of them died within a few years, some within months, of their arrival... Stan Guthrie, Missions in the Third Millennium, 86.

9 STM Reality TV: Travel the Road Travel the Road, the groundbreaking reality television series that documents the adventurous lives of young missionaries Tim Scott and Will Decker over 18-months, through 25 countries, across 40,000 miles is a unique look into the world of frontline mission work. The journey is filled with danger, excitement, adventure and epic triumph as Tim and Will undertake unbelievable expeditions into the most remote areas of the world to bring the gospel. From the deserts of Ethiopia to the island villages of Papua New Guinea they travel from country to country with one backpack, a change of clothes, and a message of hope that pushes them deeper into the unknown. The journey is a landmark television debut of reality programming with a purpose.

10 Long-Term U.S. Missionaries (>4 years) The number of long-term U.S. missionaries grew from 32,364 in 1992 to 33,714 in 2005 (up 3.0%) Warning: 2001 to 2005 saw a drop of 3.0%

11 Short-Term Missionaries (2 weeks to 1 year) Short-term missionaries going through U.S. agencies grew from 63,995 in 1996 to 144,318 in 2005 (up 125%) Warning: There was a 14.7% drop from 2001 to 2005.

12 Long-Term and Short-Term Compared While short-term numbers grew dramatically (up 125%), long-term numbers were relatively flat in comparison (up 1.9%).

13 Keeping Up with the Pace of Missions Custom designed Internet-based resources and training

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15 Implications for Missions Pace of Communication Business can take priority over relationship building One result: direct approaches valued over elliptical approaches We can disconnect from local settings (everywhere can be your local) Those with better access become the gateways and power brokers One minute manager versus “3 mile an hour God” settings Pace of Transportation The Rule of “Robert’s Rules of Order” We can assume short-term command and control Pace of Mission Partnering projects versus genuine partnerships Shift in resources towards things with immediate payoff Valuing partners with leaders and leadership styles that focus on the immediate rather than the distant


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