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Apr 13, 2015
Missiology

Missions, Denominations, and Honest Questions

What role do denominations play in the work of the local church and the broader mission of God?
Missions, Denominations, and Honest Questions
Clément Bucco-Lechat / Wikipedia

One of the great, untapped resources in nearly every denomination is younger leaders and pastors. They are part of every denominational family, yet sometimes that inclusion is tenuous. Denominations are often seen a bureaucratic, inefficient, and unengaged. Yet, those same ...

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Mar 30, 2015
Missiology

4 Reasons Small Groups are Vital to Your Church’s Health

Small groups are important for your church because they foster discipleship and friendship:
4 Reasons Small Groups are Vital to Your Church’s Health
SMBCollege / flickr

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For the book Transformational Groups, which I co-authored with Eric Geiger, we conducted a survey of churchgoers in the United States and Canada. The results were telling.

Almost 8-in-10 (79 percent) of those surveyed agreed that small groups are very important in the ...

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Mar 23, 2015
Missiology

3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Stream Part 3: The Missio Dei Stream

What is the missio dei movement and what are its tragic downfalls?
3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Stream Part 3: The Missio Dei Stream
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As we have looked previously at the historical streams of the missional church, we saw the missionary stream and the mission stream. Today, we will look at how the next stream, missio Dei, ends badly.

In 1952, the International Missionary Conference in Willingen, Germany, ...

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Mar 16, 2015
Missiology

3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Part 2: The Mission Stream

Your church can become a missionary in your community.
3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Part 2: The Mission Stream
UpstateNYer / Wikipedia

The Western missionary movement focused on the two-thirds world and contributed to the first historical stream of the missional church. However, as the national churches in the rest of the world began to assume the role of evangelism and mission and a new stream, mission, ...

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Mar 9, 2015
Missiology

3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Part 1: The Missionary Stream

The missionary movement was the first (and important) stream of the missional church.
3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Part 1: The Missionary Stream
ForestWander / Wikipedia

Christian organizations, churches, and authors have defined, refined, and redefined the application and expression of God's mission over the last 100 years.

Mission, as God's call and direction, has existed for far longer. We see mission in the Old Testament, leading ...

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Mar 4, 2015
Missiology

Dogs and Honor-Shame Culture: Unity Amidst Brokenness

Amidst honor and shame culture, we must pursue restoration and unity above all else.
Dogs and Honor-Shame Culture: Unity Amidst Brokenness
chensiyuan / wikipedia

“I got into the trash!! Then hid behind the recliner and barfed in the heater vent!” reads the index card. In the picture, a chihuahua sits with ears folded back guiltily next to the card propped in the vent. I can only assume the dog is now having to inhale the ...

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Mar 3, 2015
Missiology

Our New Virtual Face: Reflections on Social Media and Identity

Jayson Georges reflects on the ways in which social media can tempt us to believe one of the oldest lies in history.
Our New Virtual Face: Reflections on Social Media and Identity

I am a millennial, who began using Facebook in 2013 and Twitter 2014. (Yes, I was that late to the party.)

This recent foray into social media has revealed a dark facet of my heart—my identity is warped by shame, and I crave status.

I noticed social media caused ...

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Mar 2, 2015
Missiology

4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures

Jackson Wu shares about how evangelism can happen in honor-shame cultures throughout the world.
4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures
Jakob Montrasio / Flickr

I’ll never forget when an atheist, Chinese taxi driver shared the gospel with me. It was one of the best presentations I’ve heard.

He didn’t believe it, of course, but he had heard the message so many times that he could rattle it off like Billy Graham ...

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Feb 23, 2015
Missiology

A Brief History of ‘Missional’: Moving From Concept and Conversation to Living It Out

Just because we talk about being missional doesn’t mean we are. It is easier to talk about missional living than it is to live it out.
A Brief History of ‘Missional’: Moving From Concept and Conversation to Living It Out
David Ball / Wikimedia

One of the things we’ve all heard a lot of talk about is what it means to be missional. It’s a relatively new word that has emerged into the conversation over the last few decades. It serves to remind the people of God that we are to live on mission.

While the ...

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Feb 16, 2015
Missiology

Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Revitalization can be a tenuous task, but it is a worthy goal. How can you lead your churches or denominations to new life?
Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Churches and denominations need a revitalization movement. That much is clear to most people. But how do we create or facilitate that revitalization? Our answer is important for the future of churches.

I co-wrote a book specifically around church revitalization called Comeback ...

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Feb 9, 2015
Missiology

Revitalizing Denominations Through Church Planting

Church planting is crucial to church health and revitalization.
Revitalizing Denominations Through Church Planting

From 1795 to 1810 the Baptists and the Methodists planted 3,000 churches in 15 years on the western frontier: Kentucky and Tennessee. But today, Methodists and Baptists are declining.

Methodists and Baptists—now in many different denominations—are seeking to ...

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Feb 2, 2015
Missiology

3 Ways to Encourage Peace Between Generations in Denominations

Your denomination is not defined by a style. So don’t let style become a point of contention.
3 Ways to Encourage Peace Between Generations in Denominations
David DeJong / Wikipedia

It takes work to have a harmonious family.

That's true of your biological family and your church family.

It's also true of your denominational family.

The fact is, each member within a family has a tendency to find their own style and way in life. But as each ...

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Jan 26, 2015
Missiology

Rethinking Church Plant Funding

What do you do when the well runs dry? You dig another well.
Rethinking Church Plant Funding
At.money.tota / Wikipedia

Since the turn of the century, many denominations have made a strong effort to funnel resources toward church planting. This support helps to secure facilities, execute marketing campaigns, provide equipment for ministry, and even underwrite pastoral support.

That's ...

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Jan 23, 2015
Church

The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century

There is much to learn from some key trends in the last 100 years of church history.
The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century

At some level, all Christians want their churches to be influential in carrying out the work of God. One pathway to increased influence is a road we often overlook—the one behind us.

Looking back can be good. It can give us wisdom and perspective. It can also help ...

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Jan 19, 2015
Worship Services

The Most Segregated Hour of the Week?

Reflections on church diversity on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Most Segregated Hour of the Week?
History Channel

The Most Segregated Hour of the Week, by Bryan Loritts

It’s a tragedy of history that many of us are not familiar with one of the necessary arteries of the civil rights movement, known simply as “kneel ins”. On Sunday mornings throughout the South, black ...

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