Why “Project Manage” Missions? – Part One

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5


I have always been a “process” thinker. By this, I mean that I first determined what needed to be done and then tried to figure out what needed to happen in order for the task to be completed. Being an accountant (by trade), analytical approaches have always been more comfortable than “winging it.” In ministry (pastoral, missionary, etc.), of course, things weren’t always so “cut and dried” and I had to learn (still learning after 30 years) how to marry “God’s speed” (the pace at which God works to fulfill His purposes) with a well-planned and thought out approach to accomplishing a task.

In 2015, I went to work with the Issachar Initiative and was blessed to come under the influence of Paul Eshleman (The JESUS Film) … quite possibly one of the most influential process-thinking, project managers to influence the modern missions movement. After more than two decades of taking The JESUS Film around the world, Paul had been looking to see the remaining people groups without any workers (the “unengaged”) engaged with full-time indigenous missionaries.

Working together, we and our amazing team decided in 2016 to bring together four ministries to send workers to the last remaining ( as far as we knew) unengaged people groups in Nepal. Ultimately, through the generosity of some major funders in Kentucky, the project came together, workers were sent, thousands heard the gospel for the first time, and hundreds of churches formed and multiplied … including the first Deaf church in that country!

I managed this “Nepal Engagement Alliance” and it is where I first saw the benefit of aggregating (bringing together) disparate partners to accomplish a pre-determined, biblical goal.

It was just the beginning and where the broader idea began to form.

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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