Deputation in the 21st Century

While Pastor Bryan was on vacation this week, I was privileged to interview missionary Keith Brock. Keith is a veteran missionary with over twenty-five years in the country of Ecuador. On this episode, I picked his brain on the current state of the independent Baptist movement and how it's changed since he was on deputation in the early 1990s. Here are the questions that I asked him during our time together:

What was the biggest challenge on the road for you?

How long did it take to go from deputation to the field back in those days?

Back in the 1990's, there were certain camps that existed and were a hub for networking. How have those places changed? If so, what impact did that have on networking for missionaries?

As a missionary, when you visit a church but know that the church will not take you on for support, what is the best way that a church or pastor can help?

What advice would you give to a missionary about receiving support from a church outside of the IFB network? Have you ever taken support from a non-IFB church?

What advice would you give to a missionary in the middle of deputation who seems to be stuck around 50% of support?

What should our response be to help missionaries get on the field? If we are going to stay with this deputation model, how can we make it better?

Which would you rather have: 5 churches supporting you at 20% or 20 churches supporting you at 2%?

Are there any resources you would recommend?

What are your thoughts on Paul as a "tent maker" and how does that apply to missionaries today? What do you suggest for passive income?

If you had to start all over again, would you do it the same way as you did in the 1990's?

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