World Mission Associates is an independent nondenominational organization that raises awareness around the world about the need for healthy indigenous churches.
The goal is to see Christianity become deeply rooted in every local culture so that local Christians are prepared to take full ownership of their church work. Through education, we can create sustainable improvements in the world around us.
The Issue of Dependency
One of the most difficult problems facing the Christian movement at the beginning of the 21st century is the dependency on outside funding that has developed in many mission-established churches.
We believe in the principle that mission-established churches and organizations should be self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. If churches become fully self-supporting, this frees up missionaries to move into new regions to continue spreading the gospel among the unreached, as the Apostle Paul did.
Beyond that, when every local church around the world becomes aware of its own God-given responsibility, then the Great Commission can be fulfilled, as every Christian becomes an evangelist or a supporter of evangelism. The Great Commission can be fulfilled when all churches participate in the work of the Holy Spirit.
When outside money and other material things accompany the spread of the Christian Gospel, sometimes people get the wrong impression about the Gospel itself. For example, if those to whom the Gospel is preached begin to receive material things that come with the Gospel, they may become more interested in those things than in the Gospel itself.
When people come into the Christian faith for the material possessions they get – something goes terribly wrong in the spread of the Gospel. That might be the single most important reason why the dependency problem so often cripples the Christian movement and why it is so urgent that it be avoided or dealt with where it exists.