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Feb 10, 2018
Ukraine, symphony, widows, orphans

The Unexpected: A Ministry to Widows in the Ukraine

The Kiev Symphony Orchestra cares for widows and orphans.
The Unexpected: A Ministry to Widows in the Ukraine

Wes Jansen and I walked the empty Saturday morning streets of Kiev, turned down Shevchenko Street and into the National Arts building, heading up to the fourth floor. The door opened and we stepped into a room of some 250 women. Most seemed older than my 75 years, but I learned ...

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Feb 9, 2018
church planting, missiology, send institute, best practices

Why We Need a Missiological Edge in Church Planting

Bigger and better AND deeper and further
Why We Need a Missiological Edge in Church Planting
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North American church planting has grown up a lot since I first planted in 1988 as a 20-year-old who grew a beard to look older.

You’ll often hear those of us who planted churches 30 years ago lament to church planters today about how little we had in terms of resources ...

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Feb 8, 2018
small church, mission, book

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 2)

Three ways smaller churches can serve their communities
Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 2)
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Numerically, smaller churches dominate U.S. life. They should also be key parts of the mission.

There is much benefit, therefore, in identifying various ways that smaller churches can reach their communities and beyond for Christ. This chapter will identify and briefly expound ...

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Feb 5, 2018
small church, mission, book

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 1)

Small church pastors should view their congregations as an elite force.

As the people of a missionary God, we are entrusted to participate in the world the same way he does—by committing to be his ambassadors (see John 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:20). “Missional” describes the perspective to see people as God does and to engage in the activity ...

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Dec 30, 2017
turkey, muslim, christian

Building Bridges of Witness in Turkey

To be Turkish is to be Muslim.
Building Bridges of Witness in Turkey

In the turbulent world of international politics, Turkey sits right in the middle. Here in the historic city of Istanbul, the stakes for one-upmanship are growing. On the day I arrived, the President of Turkey refused entrance to Americans.

There are times when my Canadian passport ...

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Dec 26, 2017
rhino, rabbit, church planting, church multiplication

Rhinos, Rabbits, and the Challenges of Multiplying a Church Planting Movement

Partnering together for the sake of the gospel
Rhinos, Rabbits, and the Challenges of Multiplying a Church Planting Movement
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It is unfortunate, but the White Rhino appears to be on a trajectory to extinction. And there’s little wonder why. Human and environmental factors aside, the rhino has a built-in malefactor that hinders their own proliferation—a gestation period of 16 to 18 months. ...

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Nov 19, 2017
african, diaspora, study Bible

The African Diaspora (Part 2): What We Can Learn and Biblical Principles

Immigrants can bless their home countries and their host countries
The African Diaspora (Part 2): What We Can Learn and Biblical Principles
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In Part 1, we looked at the African diaspora and four biblical figures from which we can learn. Today, we seek to apply some biblical principles to the reality of the diaspora today.

Stay Close to God

Although Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah were far from their homeland, ...

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Nov 18, 2017
sudan, muslim, christian, civil war

Is There Hope for South Sudan?

The fields of South Sudan could feed the whole continent.
South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

Three years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind-blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days, with 90 chiefs, elders, and government ministers, we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t ...

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Nov 14, 2017
church planting, discipleship, evangelism, multiplication

Will We See a Church Planting Movement in North America?

How can church leaders prepare themselves and their churches?

The rise of church planting fervor within many streams of evangelicalism leads us to a question: Is it possible that we will see a church planting movement in North America? We read Luke’s account of the spread of the church in the Book of Acts and dream of being a part ...

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Nov 12, 2017
african, diaspora, study Bible

The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons

Immigrant lessons from Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah
The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons
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We live in a world where emigration is an option for many people. For some, persecution or famine in their own country causes them to flee their homeland. Many of us know people who have felt forced to emigrate. For others, the promise of a better life for their family is hard ...

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Nov 8, 2017
rural church, small town, sports, football

In the Game: Reflections on Sports, Momentum, and the First Rural Matters Conference

Jesus, rural ministry, and football

This past September, I had the chance to attend the first ever Rural Matters Conference at Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas. The conference, sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and their Rural Matters Institute, drew speakers and attendees from across the ...

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Nov 4, 2017
rwanda, evangelical, revival, reconstruction

A Surprising Life Cycle: A Glimpse at Rwanda Today

Reconstruction and revival in Rwanda
A Surprising Life Cycle: A Glimpse at Rwanda Today

If you are looking for a place to spend winter other than in Arizona or Florida, consider Rwanda. This land of a thousand valleys and countless hills is prettier than a postcard.

Rwanda may resonate in your memory because of the 1994 genocide and that, of course, is an awful ...

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Sep 17, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Read Part One (The Importance of Character and Character Development; Understanding Soul Care; Setting the Scene for Soul Care—What Leadership Must Think About).

Three Approaches to Building a Soul Care Movement

The end goal of establishing a Soul Care movement is to shape ...

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Sep 10, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

As Richard stood staring out his office window, he knew something was wrong. His enthusiasm for ministry that had accompanied him for nearly thirty years was gone. He was tired, spiritually dry, and growing bitter about his situation.

Soon after making the move to the home office ...

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Aug 30, 2017
missional, attractional, incarnational, church, evangelism

Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality

Every Christian should be missional and every church should be attractional.
Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality
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Much has been said and written to help today’s churches become more missional. Organizations, parachurch communities, and conferences abound in trying to move the Church in this direction. This emphasis is certainly justified in light of how many Evangelical churches are ...

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