Proverbs 19:2 declares: Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins. (HCSB)
The first task is finding out the history and current situation in a place where ministry is being considered. God is always at work (John 5:17), we want to learn about the past and present so we can work for the future.
One Challenge has a Global Research Team encouraging and helping ministry teams in their research efforts. One Challenge believes that time spent in research is not wasted but will shape more appropriate and effective ministry.