Yesterday, how we oftentimes staff youth ministry (or other ministries).
Today, a typical approach to International Missions endeavors (I think):
A. If at all possible, start by sponsoring a person (or a family, or even a team) for full-time involvement
B. As the ministry grows, indigenous leaders carry much of the load
This investment strategy makes sense for Missions. Much of Missions is based on reaching “masses” who aren’t already coming – and reaching them for the next 50 years. Forming strategy for the long haul and building bridges to new relationships are giant priorities, while you also disciple your present group.
So Missions calls for investment equal to that task, right off the bat. Thus we hire missionaries full-time before they ever have strong “attendance numbers” – whenever a fully supported missionary is our best chance of establishing the mission.
But the amount of investment by the sending group doesn’t increase proportionately as the audience grows, because much of the mission can (and should) be handled by the very people you’re reaching.
So… A larger investment up front, but increases are few and far between.
Shouldn’t college ministry fit into this category?