Mission groups in North Africa range from broad alliances such as Partners International and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to small Baptist and Pentecostal churches based in the Americas and Europe, according to their Web sites.It is misleading and just plain wrong for Tom Pfeiffer to leave the impression that CBF missionaries lack historical and cultural training. Many groups send untrained missionaries to the mission field, but CBF is not one of them. It is also wrong to insinuate that anyone associated with CBF might be among those who lack "restraint and discretion."
Their activity is growing as churches turn their focus to places where the Christian message is rarely heard, said Dana Robert, world Christianity professor at Boston University.
"With the internet and the increase in travel, you have a democratization of missions where anyone who feels like it can go anywhere they want," said Robert. "The new breed of missionary doesn't have the same historical training as the older established denominations, nor necessarily the cultural training, so there's a bull-in-a-china-shop effect."
Pfeiffer owes the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its missionaries an apology and a retraction.