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Jun 25, 2017
evangelism, missions, partnership

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.
Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Read Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together, Part One (Case Study; The Cross-Cultural Worker’s Checklist).

The Church’s Checklist

1. Enlarge the church’s vision to include all nations. Initial steps might include a sermon ...

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Jun 20, 2017
church planting, evangelism, Jesus People, Vineyard

A Brief History of Recent Movements

7 constants representing 2 commitments
A Brief History of Recent Movements
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Let’s go on a short journey exploring the recent history of significant movements that have shaped what we’re seeing in the West today.

This history is important to digest as we look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead—with God! Less than 50 years ago, ...

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Jun 18, 2017
evangelism, missions, partnership

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.
Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Everyone agrees that we must work together to accomplish the task of Matthew 28:19-20 so that we may move closer to the end goal found in Matthew 24:14. Furthermore, we all know God did not give this task solely to missionaries or pastors.

In this post-modern world, many in the ...

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Jun 14, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity

Moving from addition to reproduction.
10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity
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In the West, if and when we see movements of churches planting 1,000 churches in their lifetime, then we believe the following ten characteristics will be present. Based on our observations, movemental Christianity will have some of these characteristics.

1) Prayer

Prayer will ...

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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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