Empowering Local Leaders for Missions

Todd Bussey is the Ministry Development Pastor at Christ’s Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Christ’s Church is intentionally focused on working directly through local leaders in their global missions efforts. Todd shares about some of the blessings and challenges of this strategy.

Today’s conversation is with Todd Bussey, the Ministry Development Pastor at Christ’s Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Todd’s decades of experience in leading outreach and missions programs has taught him that empowering local leaders in these efforts is the key to long-lasting success.

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Todd’s challenges us to keep our eyes open for people we wouldn’t expect. There are people already serving in areas whom God has called to reach those in their own circles of influence. Look for them.

Second, releasing local leaders into ministry is challenging for lots of us. We have to be willing to let people who think differently and understand the context of where they are serving do things differently than we do them.

And finally, Todd reminds us that praying for missions is another form of releasing control of missions. It’s hard for us to do, but we really are placing the future of God’s work in the nations back in God’s hands.

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Welcome to The Missions Pastor Podcast, presented by OneChild. OneChild is a global community of Child Champions that serves children in poverty so they can discover hope and reach their God-given potential. We believe that the local church has the message of Hope that the world desperately needs to hear. And in every episode, we highlight churches, pastors, and ministries who are working to bring that HOPE to hard places.

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