[ noun ] (work,education) someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
Used in print(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)
The rule of economic integration in congregational life can be seen in the missionary outreach of the major denominations .
In a mobile society , congregational health depends_on a constant process of recruitment ; this recruitment , however , must follow the pattern of economic integration or it will disrupt the congregation ; therefore , the recruitment or missionary outreach of the congregation will be co-optation rather_than proclamation - like elements will have_to be assimilated .
Missionary outreach by friendly contact looks somewhat different when one reflects on what is known about friendly contact in metropolitan neighborhoods ; the majority of such contacts are with people of similar social and economic position ; association by level of achievement is the dominant principle of informal relations .
[ noun ] (religion) someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country