Horner continues in his book explaining how we pastors must set the example. We must lead even if it is outside our comfort zone! I invite you to read this book and then consider what you as the pastor of the church can do to get the gospel to the world. Your church is following your lead.
Missions is much more than just building our own attendance and winning souls in our own area. We were commissioned to take the gospel to the world.
Leading your congregation to embrace missions requires pastors to be player-coaches. We cannot sit on the sidelines and send in players without getting in the game ourselves. If our interest in missions is merely academic and remote, that is how it will come across to those we shepherd, and that is the level of interest they will demonstrate. Let them see your heart on fire for the glory of God and then cry out with earnestness, “Let the nations be glad!” because you yourself are glad, and watch the contagious fever of your zeal ignite the people to action!
As much as pastors would like to dodge this uncomfortable reality, the people they serve take their cue from how they treat the Great Commission. If the trend among churches to marginalize and neglect missions is to be reversed, it will start with pastors who wake up to the power of the gospel everywhere it is proclaimed. Watching the church come alive and focused beyond the walls of the local congregation provides mutual delight for pastor and member alike. Pastors, that move might begin with some passionate members of your church who love missions, but it cannot become a part of the mainstream of the life of the congregation until you take the lead. If you do not, you will continue to be an obstacle to what God wants to do through the missions effort of the congregation you serve.
Horner, D., & Platt, D. (2011). When missions shapes the mission. Nashville: B&H.