<p><img src="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/missio-graphics/Volume+3/missiographic_TensionsCEOs.jpg" alt="" width="800" /></p> <p><a href="https://missionexus.org/tensions-influencing-missions-organizations/"><strong>Tensions Influencing Missions Organizations</strong></a><br />As long as there are multiple priorities in life there will be tensions. They are unavoidable. It comes down to how well you can prioritize and manage the tensions in a dynamic and changing world. This Missiographic highlights the tensions facing mission organizations and secular organizations to help you think through what you need to prioritize or how you can pray for those making these tough calls.</p>
We don’t always respond very well in the face of pressure. When multiple issues are vying for our attention it can be hard to make good choices. That is why we need to understand the various priorities that cause tension. As you look over some of these priorities in the Missiographic, do any match tensions you are facing in your own life and work? How are you handling these decisions? As you pray for leaders in mission organizations, use these various tensions as prayer points to guide your intersession for them.
Engaging the Church
What is the role of the church in helping mission leaders sort through the tensions? Of course as a church, you face many of these same dynamics. So how can you use what you are learning in these areas as well as the energy your congregation brings to the mission enterprise to help tackle some of these key priorities. How can you recruit the right people to meet key mission needs? What partnerships have you developed that might bless and support a mission organization you are involved with? What technology skills are within your congregation that might provide needed help to a mission endeavor?
How is your organization dealing with the tensions influencing ministry? Are you good at it or is it a struggle to balance so many balls in the air? Ask yourself whether you as a leader, your leadership team or those in leadership within your organization are clearly defining priorities and addressing the tensions that exist. If you don’t feel that the tensions are being dealt with in a healthy way, use this Missiographic to start the discussion about the challenges and ask God to help you speak into the way your organization manages these tensions. If you are tackling them effectively, what is the next major tension on your horizon that you need to be addressing and who should be at the table to do so? Remember that each tension area is an amazing opportunity for prayer.
|1||Mission CEO Survey 2013: Navigating Global Currents, by Missio Nexus and GMI.|
|2||UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015, http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wesp/|
|3||Mission CEO Survey 2013: Navigating Global Currents, by Missio Nexus and GMI, p 18.|
|4||Leading Through Connections: Insights from Global Chief Executive Officer Study, IBM, 2012|
|5||Mission CEO Survey 2013: Navigating Global Currents, by Missio Nexus and GMI, p 16.|
|6||Christian Century: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2011-01/technology-unites-missionaries-families-around-world|
|7||Leading Through Connections: Insights from Global Chief Executive Officer Study, IBM, 2012|
|8||Mission CEO Survey 2013: Navigating Global Currents, by Missio Nexus and GMI.|
|9||Leading Through Connections: Insights from Global Chief Executive Officer Study, IBM, 2012|
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