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May 28, 2017
missions, EMQ

Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)

Measure outcomes, not activities.

Read Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important, Part One (The Problem of Measurement Inversion; Defining and Measuring “Healthy Church”; Is Your Organization Suffering from Measurement Inversion?).

Define the Object of Measurement (i.e., Church)

As mentioned ...

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May 21, 2017
missions, EMQ

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Measure outcomes, not activities.

A few years ago I was part of a breakout group at a church planting roundtable where we discussed the question, “What is church?” The group was comprised of international and regional directors of church planting organizations. About fifteen minutes into the discussion ...

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May 10, 2017
ministry, stewardship, knowledge, crisis

Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis

After 33 years, Global Mapping International is closing.
Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis
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Winston Churchill has been credited with saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Actually, it’s more likely that this idea came from a doctor: M.F. Weiner in a 1976 article, “Don’t Waste a Crisis – Your Patient’s or Your Own,” ...

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Apr 16, 2017
missions, EMQ

Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions (Part Two)

Christian ministries are not insulated from the hyper-speed of change in the twenty-first century.

Read Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions, Part One (Pilot Projects; Rigorous, Honest Evaluation; The Role of the Champion).

Unexpected Benefits

Supporting a culture of innovation often leads to the discovery of benefits which were not in view when an experiment was initiated. ...

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Apr 13, 2017
evangelical, orthodox, catholic, theology

Hank Hanegraaff's Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

Let's follow Jesus, keep sharing the simple gospel, focus on the Bible, and think like missionaries in order to translate that truth to our modern context.
Hank Hanegraaff's Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

This past Sunday, the “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff was welcomed into the Greek Orthodox Church. For a man who has built a valuable ministry on clear answers, this has sparked some questions within the evangelical community.

Now, I don’t know Hanegraaff, ...

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Apr 9, 2017
missions, EMQ

Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions (Part One)

Christian ministries are not insulated from the hyper-speed of change in the twenty-first century.

Knowledge and information are growing at rates never before seen in history (The Technium, 2008). This explosion of information, and the attendant introduction of new technologies driven by it, has led to a breakneck pace of change in the world around us. Even those of us involved ...

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Mar 26, 2017
missions, EMQ

The LAUNCH Survey: Helpful and Hindering Factors for Launching into Long-Term Missions

Sending agency surveyed 299 long-term missionaries.

A few years ago the founder of our training program said, “We have a lot of people who come to us with a desire to serve God internationally, but not all end up overseas. How can we help people get to the mission field? What things are helpful? What things hinder? How ...

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Mar 19, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part Two

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 ...

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Mar 12, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part One

Training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy.

On a dirt road somewhere in the Middle East, a missionary walks alone. As he walks, he wonders what work God might be leading him to do that day. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a man appears on the horizon. He approaches the man and notices he is intently reading some document. ...

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Mar 5, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Church-Planting Catalysts for Gospel Movements (Part 2)

Best Practices of Gospel Movement Catalysts

Read Part 1, Catalytic Inputs that Contribute to Movement Development.

We have defined church-planting catalysts as experienced church planters who come alongside local kingdom partners with strategic inputs and resources in order to mobilize workers and catalyze gospel movements, ...

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Feb 26, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Church-Planting Catalysts for Gospel Movements (Part 1)

Catalytic Inputs that Contribute to Movement Development

Many pastors and missionaries are crossing the globe, teaching, encouraging, and resourcing with good intentions, but questionable effectiveness. Other church-planting catalysts, especially those who work within a denominational framework, manage systems like assessment, church-planter ...

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Feb 19, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Are You Ready to Change?

Church in California supports more than 90 missionary families.

When you have been doing something for almost twenty years, you had better be able to change with the times. If you aren’t, get out of the way because you are certain to get run over and left behind. God placed me in a very strategic and exciting role many years ago and ...

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Feb 12, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Co-Mission: The Sharing Economy & The Mission World

Atlanta organization is leveraging coworking for the gospel.

A friend recently shared a YouTube video of a glacial calving. Apparently, this was the largest ever witnessed and recorded. A chunk of ice the size of Manhattan broke off of an ancient glacier and plunged into the sea with giant chards the size of the Empire State Building ...

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Feb 5, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: A Passion for Souls: Our Continued Journey in Global Missions

Missions supporting church sought greater stewardship and member mobilization.

Real spirituality always has an outcome. There will be a yearning and a love for souls. – Oswald J. Smith

Having applied four times for service in overseas missions, Oswald J. Smith, founder of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Canada, was turned down each time due to his ...

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Jan 29, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: From Homogeneous to a Heterogeneous Unit Principle

Church in Minneapolis has members from more than 20 nations.

Where would you expect to see a gathering of people from twenty different nations—each in their traditional dress, holding hands, dancing, and singing Psalm 133… in Hebrew, “Hine matov umah-nayim shevet achim gom-yachad” (Behold, how good and pleasant ...

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