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Feb 9, 2016

Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

In the future, church planters will choose to work in the marketplace
Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

Church planting today is not what it used to be. In the past, church planters were the ones who couldn’t get a "real ministry position” at a church, so they started their own. Although, there were those entrepreneurial few who defied all odds and purposefully ...

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Jan 25, 2016
Missiology

Modes of Mission: Applying Biblical Mission Practices in Our Ministry

We have examined three modes of mission in Scripture. Let's apply them to today's churches.
Modes of Mission: Applying Biblical Mission Practices in Our Ministry
Rachel Titiriga / Flickr

By outlining the Petrine, Johannine, and Pauline modes, I have aimed to hypothesize an approach describing how churches can be missionally effective by describing and considering all three modes. Once again, although these are distinct aspects of how God’s mission shaped ...

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Jan 19, 2016
Missiology

Modes of Mission: A Missional Practice

What can we learn from Paul when it comes to living on mission?
Modes of Mission: A Missional Practice

Thus far, I have attempted to outline the missional modes, or impulses, of “community” and “sentness” when the missio Dei is enacted. But there is one more missional mode that is enacted when the Church embraces the totality of God’s mission—and ...

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Jan 11, 2016
Missiology

Modes of Mission: A Missional Posture

This week, in our series examining mission modes, we look at how John lived on mission.
Modes of Mission: A Missional Posture
Jan Luyken

One of the active characteristics of God’s mission is the notion of “sentness.” God establishes this pattern early in redemptive history. He goes to Adam and Eve, but sends Abraham to the Promised Land, Moses to Egypt, Jonah to the Ninevites, Jesus to the ...

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Jan 1, 2016
Missions

Training Pastors: A High Priority for Global Ministry Strategy

Dr. Ramesh Richard shares about the need to train pastors for global ministry.
Training Pastors: A High Priority for Global Ministry Strategy

In this article, I consider the strategic priority of the training of pastors for intentional global ministry and missions partnerships. I also propose practical considerations for strategists and practitioners in pastoral training—whether individuals or churches, for ...

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Dec 28, 2015
Missiology

Modes of Mission: A Missional People

In the first of a series on posts on modes of mission, we look at how Peter modeled mission.
Modes of Mission: A Missional People
Caravaggio

To help clarify, challenge, and encourage church leaders (and their churches) towards missional effectiveness, it may be helpful to consider three modes of mission as embodied by the Petrine Mission (1 Peter 2:9–12), the Johannine Mission (John 20:21), and the Pauline ...

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Dec 7, 2015
Missiology

Contextualization At Home: How Should We Speak the Truth?

The Kingdom grows when we are Biblically faithful, culturally appropriate, and counter-cultural.
Contextualization At Home: How Should We Speak the Truth?

Bringing It Home

We know the Gospel must be presented for people to be saved. And when we are honest, we know it will be presented differently in various places, according to their cultural uniqueness. This is called contextualization.

And while we do focus on that when ...

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Nov 30, 2015
Contextualization

Contextualization at Home: How Should We Do Church?

If the world looked at us, could they tell we are on a mission?
Contextualization at Home: How Should We Do Church?

In many ministry conversations today, you will hear questions like, “Do we need to contextualize the way we do ministry?” or “Do we need to contextualize the presentation of the gospel?” These are good questions.

We understand the importance of contextualization ...

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Nov 23, 2015
Contextualization

Contextualization at Home: What Would Jesus Do Here?

We can’t reach the world for Jesus if we don’t know Jesus and how He operates.
Contextualization at Home: What Would Jesus Do Here?

Getting Started

Contextualization is a hot topic. How do we share the gospel in a way that is both true to God and appealing to people?

But we seem to understand the importance of contextualization when it comes to foreign missions. No one sends an American missionary ...

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Nov 16, 2015
Missiology

What is the Missional Church? (Part 6)—Having Beautiful Feet

Feet that carry the gospel are beautiful no matter how ugly they may be otherwise.
What is the Missional Church? (Part 6)—Having Beautiful Feet

The Bible says the feet that take the gospel and proclaim it to the lost are beautiful (Romans 10:15). A church filled with people engaged in missions is filled with beautiful feet.

Most feet are not beautiful. Mine are not. However, they are made beautiful when they move ...

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Nov 10, 2015
Multiplication

Multiplication is Impossible Without Intentionality

If 7-Eleven is intentional about multiplications, shouldn't churches be?
Multiplication is Impossible Without Intentionality
Calvin Teo / Wikipedia

Growing up in Vancouver, there were a lot of 7-Elevens around. In fact, one of my favorite things to do as a child was to buy a Slurpee, nachos with cheese, and some chewy coke bottle candies. Ah, the memories. So when my Sunday school teacher offered to buy my friends and ...

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Nov 9, 2015
Missiology

What is the Missional Church? (Part 5)—Forgetting Missions

How might the local church better engage in world missions for the glory of God?
What is the Missional Church? (Part 5)—Forgetting Missions

Reasons Why Missional Churches Do Not Do Missions

As the missional conversation continues and deepens, there is a growing trend among missional churches to forget the lost world around us. Why has this happened? There are five reasons I think this has happened:

First, in ...

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Nov 2, 2015
Missiology

What Is the Missional Church (Part 4)?—Shaped By God and His Mission

Mission and missions must work together. We mustn't have one without the other.
What Is the Missional Church (Part 4)?—Shaped By God and His Mission

The Missional Church is Shaped by God and His Mission

In order for the church to recover its missional passion, we must reclaim our lost sense of the glory of God’s mission. While evangelical churches affirm the orthodox doctrine of God, we approach him too often ...

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Oct 26, 2015
Missiology

What Is the Missional Church? (Part 3)—God-Empowered Love

The world should be able to recognize the Church in an instant because of how the Church loves people as they have been loved by God.
What Is the Missional Church? (Part 3)—God-Empowered Love

What does it mean for the church to be “Missional?”

With these theological commitments from the Missional Manifesto as a guide, it is now possible to begin to answer our original question: What is a missional church? Spurgeon once said, “Every Christian ...

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Oct 19, 2015
Missiology

What Is the Missional Church? (Part 2)—The Missional Manifesto, Continued

Today, we continue to look at the Missional Manifesto and how churches can actively equip their people to live on mission.
What Is the Missional Church? (Part 2)—The Missional Manifesto, Continued

Mission. Historically, the church understood “missions” as a ministry of the church and as geographical expansion of the Christian faith. However, in the mid-20th century “mission” came to be understood first in terms of God’s initiative. In short, ...

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