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Aug 18, 2014
Missiology

What Numbers Count? Churches Need Accurate Scorecards

How can churches accurately measure ministry effectiveness?
What Numbers Count? Churches Need Accurate Scorecards
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Winston Churchill was an amazing leader, diplomat, and politician. One of the most notable parts of his legacy, however, is his collection of inspiring, and often humorous, quotations.

For example, Lady Astor, the first woman Parliament member, told him at a weekend house ...

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Aug 11, 2014
Missiology

Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 2)

What does it practically look like to live a life of mission focused on the glory of God?
Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 2)

Reflect being with God

Many times what we bring to the leadership role is our education, experience, and expertise. But if those are the only things we bring, we will fail to cultivate a true missional culture and effort in our churches.

In Israel's early days, Moses ...

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Aug 4, 2014
Missiology

Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 1)

Pastors must lead their people to live on mission, focused on God, not themselves.
Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 1)
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Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and very obviously.

The ease with which we slide into self-centered mission means requires us to pay constant ...

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Jul 28, 2014
Missiology

Why Defining Missional Matters

What you think of when you hear the word "missional" matters to how you seek to be missional yourself.
Why Defining Missional Matters

A few months ago, progressive mission-thinker Steve Knight critiqued a post I wrote here on The Exchange.

I like Steve. He's smart and engaging. And, I like the name of his blog, Missional Shift (particularly since David Hesselgrave and I edited a book called MissionShift). ...

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Jul 21, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: The Power of an Invitation

Our God pursues the lost and so should we.
Strategic Evangelism: The Power of an Invitation
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The church is to be on mission with God. The God of the Bible is a missionary God who graciously pursues people.

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The church exists to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate the kingdom of God in a lost and dying world. In being faithful to her calling, the church should ...

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Jul 14, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: Helpful Outreach Tools

In order to do the work of evangelism effectively, the church could use some tools.
Strategic Evangelism: Helpful Outreach Tools

Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That's a good thing.

Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing for Christ, but there is often a disconnect between aspiration ...

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Jul 7, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities

What are some of the best times to share the gospel?
Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities
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Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart of every believer to look for opportunities to share. That's ...

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May 27, 2014
Evangelism

How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies

Church planting and other ministry initiatives are on the rise, but evangelism is suffering.
How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies
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I am concerned.

We live in a time when church planting continues to capture more of our attention, mission volunteerism continues to be on the rise, and yet evangelism seems to be on the decline. Now, I think I have the background and practice to say that church planting ...

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May 26, 2014
Research

Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

What is the state of discipleship in Canada, specifically as it relates to sharing faith and befriending other churchgoers?
Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

I'm up in Calgary this week, and will actually return to Canada several times in the next year, to talk about our Transformational Discipleship study of Canadians. Through extensive testing (the largest research project of its kind ever done), the LifeWay Research team ...

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May 12, 2014
Evangelism

The State of Evangelism

Are Millennials evangelizing more or less than previous generations? What is the future of evangelism?
The State of Evangelism
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We are in a time when it appears evangelism is on the decline. In my most recent episode of The Exchange I hosted Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. We discussed the decline in evangelism and how to address it.

I've talked about this on many occasions because it is a ...

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May 5, 2014
Missiology

Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: What Can Seminaries Do?

Seminaries can equip students with a passion for church planting and the Great Commission.
Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: What Can Seminaries Do?
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I've been focusing on how denominations might facilitate church planting—being a part of what might be (or become) a Church Multiplication Movement.

A denomination must hold to the value of multiplying churches for a multiplication movement to occur in-- rather ...

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Apr 28, 2014
Missiology

Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing

Denominational involvement is one of the key parts of a church multiplication movement.
Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing
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While rethinking involvement with denominations has become popular, abandoning them all together would be unwise. Most church planting done in West is done by denominations, not individual churches, individual Christians, or even emerging church planting networks. The same ...

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Apr 21, 2014
Missiology

Moving Toward Multiplication Movements: Celebration Influences Destination

Churches become what they celebrate, so churches must examine both what they celebrate and what they want to become.
Moving Toward Multiplication Movements: Celebration Influences Destination
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What you celebrate, you become.

If a denomination or church network celebrates missions and church planting at their meetings, members are going focus on and persuade others of their value. If they focus on everything else—organization, constant conflict, or theological ...

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Apr 14, 2014
Missiology

Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories

Sharing success stories in the second aspect of a church multiplication movement.
Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories
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Everyone loves stories. Stories strike a chord in the heart. They inspire the mind to see and dream. They can even draw others toward action. In order to be successful, a church multiplication movement needs stories that can do all three of those things.

Without action, ...

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HOPE International ministry executive and authors Peter Greer and Chris Horst discuss how organizations drift from their original mission in this episode of The Exchange.

Peter Greer is the President and CEO of HOPE International, a Christian faith-based, nonprofit focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development. Chris Horst is the organization's development director. Together they wrote Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches.

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