Rules to Govern Missionary Work

Adoniram Judson set forth 8 rules that guided him in missionary work:

  1. Be diligent in secret prayer, every morning and evening.

  2. Never spend a moment in mere idleness.

  3. Restrain natural appetites within the bounds of temperance and purity. “Keep thyself pure.”

  4. Suppress every emotion of anger and ill will.

  5. Undertake nothing from motives of ambition, or love of fame.

  6. Never do that which, at the moment, appears to be displeasing to God.

  7. Seek opportunities of making some sacrifice of the good of others, especially of believers, provided the sacrifice is not inconsistent with some duty.

  8. Endeavor to rejoice in every loss and suffering incurred for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s, remembering that though, like death, they are not to be willfully incurred, yet, like death, they are great gain.1


To the Golden Shore biography,pp.217–18 as quoted in American Faith by Kevin Swanson, Generations