Well no....I don't believe so...They are taking place of the local church.
Mission Boards Generic Philosophies:
They typically are arranged to provide accountability financially and doctrinally?
They are there to help with the legalities of starting a mission work or church plant?
And to communicate with the sending and supporting local churches!
Truthfully these generic philosophies confuse me! Why can't the Local church do this. Acts 11, 13, 14 depicts all of these issues. The Local church in those passages takes care of all those issues?
Certainly, the intimacy is taken away from the local church and supporting churches when the missionary constantly has to go through the mission board for permission or communication. On top of the the board takes a cut of the support to take care of their own needs? If the there were no cuts because the Local church was there to keep accountable with finances then that "cut" could be used to help that missionary in great ways. Let say an average of 10% of the support of a missionary goes to the board, I do not care what country or field that missionary field, that 10% of the total support could be a HUGE blessing. In some countries that could be an Amazing amount of money that could get the extra emphasis in reaching people for Christ!
I am not venting...more or less stating my position from ACTS 11, 13, and 14....whats your thoughts....Biblical thoughts please!