Thoughts on Retiring the Word “Missionary”

Recently I came across this article and my mind and heart resounded with an emphatic “yes.”

I have argued for years that the terms “missions” and “missionary” have become distorted and skewed with years of use, misuse, and abuse. The time has come to conjure up new ways of talking about God’s cosmic eternal plan to redeem all things under the authority of his Son.

Amy Peterson has nicely articulated some of my thinking while also given us a good word study on the history and development of the term “missionary.”

Dave Shive