Mar 24, 2017
mass incarceration, correctional ministry
Correctional ministry leader calls churches to care for the incarcerated as they do the sick.
What if churches treated prisoners with the same care and support that they treat those in their congregation who are sick? What if churches invested in the redemption of incarcerated persons with the same regularity and resources as they do the healing and restoration of those ...
Mar 23, 2017
social issue, human issue, human trafficking, sex trafficking
When we give our lives to the service of others, THEY will change US.
If you’ve heard or know anything about human trafficking, then you’ve heard the term “modern-day slavery.” And that’s exactly what it is. There are more slaves in the world today than any other time in our history. We should be facing this social ...
Mar 22, 2017
evangelism, eternity, death, heaven, hell
How do we witness to people who don’t think about heaven and aren’t fearful of hell?
“That could’ve been me.”
We hate to be selfish and think about ourselves at a time like this, but we can’t help it when someone we know who is close to our own age dies. Death is unavoidable, and when it hits close to home, we can’t help but briefly ...
Mar 21, 2017
How do we prepare the mission force for the mission field?
Read Part One, The Launch, and Part Two, From Nominal to Secular.
In the past few weeks, I have talked about some recent church-planting shifts that I have noticed, both through the lens of research and some though anecdotal observations.
The world today is still reasonably familiar ...
Mar 20, 2017
30 days and four essential practices
I have said it many times, “The local church can be like a black hole!” Don’t get me wrong. I love the local church, I am a pastor, and I believe that God’s people (both gathered and scattered) are the best hope for the gospel to impact lives and communities. ...
Mar 19, 2017
Training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy.
Read Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part One.
FOURTH, training prepares missionaries for future service. While planting healthy churches among the target group is certainly the short-term goal of the missionary, the long-term goal is seeing those newly-planted churches send ...
Mar 18, 2017
research, worship, music
How does worship music style relate to congregational growth?
In the past half century, perhaps no other Christian ministry innovation has been more influential and polarizing than contemporary worship. It has been maligned, celebrated, blamed for church splits (especially during the “worship wars” of the 1990s), credited for ...