Paul’s example of personally selecting Timothy, training him in real-life experience, and exhorting him to train other faithful men sets the standard for the successful accomplishment of missionary endeavor (2 Timothy 2:2). Missions begins with the Gospel and ends with the Gospel, as the responsibility for propagating its message changes hands from the missionary to the national. From the very beginning of his ministry, the missionary must prayerfully seek spiritually-qualified leaders. He targets those who have the zeal, gifts, and calling to lead, and takes the time to teach them the nature, philosophy and practice of the ministry. He “passes the baton” to these nationals, rejoicing in God’s working and equipping them to repeat the missions process themselves.
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