Bobby Wood

Bobby Wood

Founder and Writer

In 1439, Johannes Gutenberg radically transformed publishing, allowing for rapid multiplication of printed texts. This development transformed the landscape of Europe through the transmission of written ideas. Not long afterward, Martin Luther was able to take the German translation of the Bible and mass produce it for those who could not speak or write Latin. This allowed the Bible to be read by ordinary men and transformed the landscape of the rest of the world.

Much like the Protestant Reformation, I believe we are on the cusp of another revolution. This revolution has the potential to supply an unlimited amount of missionaries and pastors forever.

Much like the Protestant Reformation, I believe we are on the cusp of another revolution. This revolution has the potential to supply an unlimited amount of missionaries and pastors forever.

What if a missionary in the Middle East could have easier access to a visa via a legitimate business he owns? What if a church planter in Utah didn’t have to raise a million dollars to support his church plant? What if a pastor revitalizing a dying church in New England didn’t have to worry about where his next paycheck was going to come from to put food on the table for his wife and kids? What if a missionary could develop a team of full-time workers who were financially free to spend their time supporting the mission?

We now live in a world where a device that fits in your pocket is all you need to be connected to the rest of the earth. News travels at a blink of an eye due to social media platforms like Twitter. Paper maps have been obsolete for years due to the rise of the smartphone. Skype and FaceTime have made communication more accessible than ever. The traditional office is going away with more employees telecommuting and working wherever they want hundreds of miles away from their bosses and peers.

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A New Way to do Business

There are many who are finding success through internet and home based businesses. With zero warehouse or office space, people are finding creative ways to produce income for themselves and their families. If you don’t believe me, do a quick Google search about online business success stories. You will find a wealth of information. People are starting million dollar businesses that buy discounted items from department stores and resell them online! Others create and sell instructional how-to courses from woodworking to computer skills to career based vocations. The variety of businesses are limitless.

Already, this revolution is helping pastors and missionaries create streams of income that support their families, so they can do what they really love and are called to do. We, at Goby Mission, hope to highlight some of these pastorpreneurs and missionpreneurs to show that it is possible for many others to use this model.

Ministry Doesn’t Mean Salary

For too long, we have equated ministry with a salary. We have believed the lie that salaries make our positions legitimate. The problem with that thinking is that it isn’t biblical. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a pastor is not legitimate if he does not have an income. It does say that the church should support their pastor if they can, but the truth is many cannot. In difficult missions areas, many ministries barely scrape by trying to survive. It becomes impossible for a church to take care of their pastors.

Traditionally, missionaries have relied on outside donations to support their ministry. Missionaries take long trips away from their mission fields to keep support flowing. They find that a fundraiser becomes the predominant role they become instead of the one they signed up to do. On top of that, the money just isn’t there to support the amount of missionaries we need. The world is filled with unreached and unengaged places that need dedicated missionaries to spend their lives seeing reached with the Gospel.

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What if we embraced this revolution to see a limitless supply of missionaries who were free to engage their ministries and had the freedom of location and time to do what they were called to do? I believe this revolution is at our doorstep, and we must be intentional about teaching and training the next and current generation of missionaries how to do this.

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