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Questions tagged [missions]

Missions refers to people or groups sent out from a church to do specific Christian work, for either a long or short period. This is often evangelism, but may also refer to other work such as relief, translation or medical.

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What are the notable differences and similarities between Russian and US Christians?

I’m looking into outreach and identifying ministry opportunities around the world, read on a forum that modern Russia has changed its perspective regarding Christianity in the past 70 years. I'm ...
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Catholicism: Should we aggressively preach to society? [closed]

A friend keeps saying that we have to keep preaching in the hope of helping others have salvation, all the apostles died preaching and so we must follow their path, without fear. He has a point, and ...
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How did Oneness Pentecostalism spread and grow during the 20th century?

Oneness Pentecostalism is a movement within the broader Pentecostal movement which rejects the Trinity and is essentially a revival of Modalism. Oneness Pentecostalism arose shortly after ...
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Franciscan apostolic college governance

The Franciscan apostolic college of San Fernando in Mexico staffed the missions of California, then resembling an apostolic prefecture. Since it was a Franciscan college they presumably owed some ...
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How were missionaries able to convert native populations? [closed]

What made it possible for Christian missionnaires to convert natives of America, Africa and Asia to another religion despite the fact that they already had beliefs and gods ?
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As Christians are we called to convert people who have no Faith in anything or Faith in different religion. Baptist/Methodist

As Christians, both individually and collectively as the church, we are called to make and grow followers of Christ but when Jesus says this is he telling us to mainly target Non-religious people or ...
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Catholic orders controlling diocesan territory

Under Imperial Spain, several Mexican apostolic colleges staffed missions in the Californias. This remote part of the diocese of Sonora was best accessed by sea, and the empire paid travel expenses ...
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What was St Paul's age at the time of his conversion and what was his age when he died?

I think that there are no direct answers for this. I would like to know the age of the Apostle St Paul when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus and how long he lived after that.
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Why has the Church moved toward the West since it began? [closed]

The principle is the that Church began in Antioch by the name Church from Jerusalem and then moved to Turkey, to Greece, to Italy, to Spain and England, and now to China and Russia in force. Why ...
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Did anyone try to convert Catholics on the Isle of Man to Protestantism?

Was there any person who tried converting the Catholics there?
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Have LDS missionaries stopped preaching door-to-door?

Some time ago I read an article such as this one (dated June 25th, 2013), that says that: Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that missionaries won’t be ...
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What is the state of Christianity among the Huaorani people today?

In January of 1956, several American missionaries (Jim Elliot and Nate Saint being the best known) attempted to reach a remote tribe in Ecuador in an endeavor that has become known as Operation Auca. ...
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How many Christian missionaries are sent by the “global South”?

I understand from this answer that the number of Christians in Latin America, Africa, and Asia has grown dramatically in comparison to North America and Europe. My question is, has this shift in ...
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According to Charismatic Christians, do those who never hear the gospel of Christ go to hell?

I'd like an overview of what Charismatic Christians believe regarding the unreached. Are people who have never heard the gospel of Christ going to hell? For example: infants, fetuses, mentally ...
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What arguments were made against William Carey's missions efforts?

I am aware that William Carey's efforts to form a missions society and travel overseas as a missionary were opposed by some of his Calvinist (or hyper-Calvinist) Baptist peers. I'm vaguely aware of ...
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What is the basis for missions in a wider hope/inclusive framework?

I read No Other Name: An Investigation into the Destiny of the Unevangelized by John Sanders. I am persuaded about a wider hope for salvation other than exlusivism provides. I grew up in plain ole ...
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What are modern full-time Catholic proselyting missions like?

In reference to this question: What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like? What are full-time Catholic proselyting missions like in contrast or comparison to LDS missions?
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What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like? [closed]

I'm a Mormon, and everyone knows Mormons are famous for missionary work, as pretty much every faithful young man will serve a 2 year full-time mission right out of high school, and many women will ...
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Who was the Christian missionary who helped reform English Missions?

I recall reading a biography of a Christian missionary who(after some difficulty, to be sure) arrived in the country he was preparing to serve. Upon arrival, however, he was appalled by the ...
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What kinds of Mormon missionaries are there?

I'm used to seeing young missionaries travel in pairs, talking to people and visiting them, but I don't typically think of them as serving their missions online (as evidenced here) or doing other ...
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What action would Christian ethics guide this missionary to do? [closed]

Please pardon my english if you find any incongruent usage of words, grammar. A first posting by a non-english speaker I understand that hypothetical questions are usually missing all the relevant ...
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Aim of christian missionary in India [closed]

I am Indian and a Hindu by religion. I have few doubts about intentions of christian missionary that happen in india funded by west.I have no intentions to hurt any religion but to get alternate ...
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If God desires salvation for all, how come many people died without hearing the gospel? [closed]

1 Timothy 2:4 states that God wants everyone to be saved: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God ...
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Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms?

Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms? I see male missionaries often. They are easily recognizable, because they all ...
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Why do Christian missionaries start schools?

Why do many missionaries start their mission work through the educational institutions? What is the spiritual focus behind starting a school? How successful is it at proclaiming the Gospel?
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

Latter-day Saints who choose to serve missions enter a Missionary Training Center for just 2-10 weeks before they go out into their assigned areas for the remaining 18 or 24 months. Since many serve ...
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Which churches today send the most missionaries?

Was the early church a missionary church? Matthew 28:19-20 leads me to believe it was: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the ...
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Has the gospel been “preached to all nations”?

Concerning the end of the world and when this will happen Mark 13:10 says: And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (NIV) Has the gospel been preached to all nations?
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Are LDS members expected to contribute a certain amount of time as a full-time missionary?

As I understand it, all LDS members are expected to serve some time as Missionaries. It's been years since I attended an LDS Church, but when I was attending, I seem to recall being told several ...
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How do missionaries communicate to people in foreign countries without previous exposure? [closed]

It is accepted by church tradition that St. Thomas the Apostle somehow came to India, but it is unclear to me how he managed to get through the language barrier. Did India have any contact with the ...
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What terms have been used by missionaries to Islamic countries to describe Islam? [closed]

I am hearing with increasing frequency that Islam is not a religion. Here's one citation, from the upcoming "Value Voters Summit" “Why would Satan use Islam? Same reason. It’s not a religion. It’s ...
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When did female missionaries appear after the Reformation?

Assuming that prior to the Reformation, Jesuit priests did not bring missionary wives or families along, as they were not married, when did women become a normal sighting among missionary work around ...
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Which groups of Christians hold signs about Jesus or Christianity in public, and why? [closed]

I often see people standing on the sides of the road holding signs that say things like "Trust Jesus". Is this something that Christian groups do regularly? Is it specific to a particular ...
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Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healing? [duplicate]

There are numerous instances in the gospels of Jesus healing someone, and then Jesus in some form or another instructing them to keep silent about it. One example, in Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus ...
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Why do Christians seek to convert everyone? [closed]

This may touch a nerve, but why do Christians seek to convert everyone, especially people who have no interest in being converted? It always comes off like a drug dealer saying, "Try it, you'll like ...
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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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Why do Mormons use the term “elder” for their missionaries?

Most of the Mormon missionaries I've encountered are young men doing a couple year stint. They are typically identified as "elders", but my understanding is that this designation is only temporary ...
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Why is Christianity so popular in (South) Korea?

So, in my world travels with missionaries, it seems like a missionary, if he/she doesn't come from North America, is next most likely to come from Korea*. In seminary, the proportion of Anglos & ...
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What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? [closed]

There seems to be general consensus inside Christianity that in order to be saved, you must have faith, and that this faith has to be in Jesus Christ. Here is one verse sometimes cited for the ...