No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Modern Missions

By Matt Rhodes

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Avoid “Get-Rich-Quick” Missions Strategies and Invest in Effective, Long-Term Ministry

Trendy new missions strategies are a dime a dozen, promising missionaries monumental results in record time. These strategies report explosive movements of people turning to Christ, but their claims are often dubious and they do little to ensure the health of believers or churches that remain. How can churches and missionaries address the urgent need to reach unreached people without falling for quick fixes?

In No Shortcut to Success, author and missionary Matt Rhodes implores Christians to stop chasing silver-bullet strategies and short-term missions, and instead embrace theologically robust and historically demonstrated methods of evangelism and discipleship—the same ones used by historic figures such as William Carey and Adoniram Judson. These great missionaries didn’t rush evangelism; they spent time studying Scripture, mastering foreign languages, and building long-term relationships. Rhodes explains that modern missionaries’ emphasis on minimal training and quick conversions can result in slipshod evangelism that harms the communities they intend to help. He also warns against underestimating the value of individual skill and effort—under the guise of “getting out of the Lord’s way”—and empowers Christians with practical, biblical steps to proactively engage unreached groups.


Matt Rhodes

Matt Rhodes grew up in San Diego, California, and has lived in North Africa since 2011. He and his wife, Kim, serve as part of a church-planting team to a previously unengaged people group.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 272
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7775-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7775-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433577758
Case Quantity: 10
Published: February 15, 2022

Table of Contents

Small Beginnings (Zechariah’s Hymn)        
Foreword by Mark Dever
Series Preface

Introduction: The “New Missions”
Part 1: Where Shortcuts Have Led Us: Surveying the Problem           
Chapter 1: Professionalism and the Use of “Means”
Chapter 2: Movements and Rumors of Movements  
Chapter 3: In the Scales of the Scriptures     
Part 2: Correcting Our Course
Chapter 4: Ambassadors for Christ   
Chapter 5: New Testament Missionary Communication       
Chapter 6: Communicating Clearly Today      
Chapter 7: Credibility and Boldness Today    
Chapter 8: A Long-Term Path for Missionaries
Chapter 9: Equipping and Sending    
Chapter 10: Work and the Holy Spirit
Conclusion: Words from William Carey