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Apr 21, 2018
Church Growth

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed.
One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu?

Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over 100 ...

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Apr 19, 2018
disaster relief, humanitarian relief

One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Below I talk with Dr. Jamie Aten about the upcoming Disaster Ministry Conference.
One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Ed: What’s can attendees expect from HDI’s Disaster Ministry Conference?

Jamie: The Disaster Ministry Conference will equip church and lay leaders to prepare and care for small localized crises to large national events. When most people hear the word “disaster” ...

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Apr 14, 2018
Persecution

This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey

Please join us in standing with Brunson’s family and home church in lifting the name of Andrew Brunson to the God he serves.
This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey
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On July 15, 2016, Christian pastor Andrew Brunson had no idea that a group of Turkish rebels were about to make a choice that would put his own life in serious danger.

On this day, a group within the Turkish armed forces attempted to overthrow their government. Over 300 were ...

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Apr 11, 2018
Church Planting

Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models

As long as the Kingdom of God is being built, we can be thankful for diversity in approaches.
Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models
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It is important to remember that ‘missiology’ is not a thing. It is things.

Some people say, “We just have to think missiologically.” But, they need to know that a missiology of a tribal people group in Papau New Guinea is very different than a missiology ...

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Mar 19, 2018
small churches

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)

More ways small churches can serve their communities
Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)
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8. Small churches could develop a jail ministry.

Local and county jails almost always appreciate any attempt to lower recidivism and the evangelism and discipleship of inmates is a proven way to lower repeat offenses. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the ...

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Mar 10, 2018
Missiology

One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

The church, God's mission, and the challenges of a changing culture
One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America
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Ed: Why did you write this book?

Craig and Dwight: It is our assessment that two great unravelings are occurring in America at the beginning of the 21st century. The first is the continued unraveling of the Enlightenment project that over several centuries provided for a ‘can ...

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Mar 9, 2018
evangelism, Billy Graham

Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray

Prayer is the starting point, not the endpoint, of our journey in helping people from darkness to light.
Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray
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We are likely all familiar with Jonah, who was a prophet of the Lord.

Jonah lived during a time of relative prosperity for the nation of Israel; however, there was, of course, some trouble brought on by a certain city: Nineveh. As the capital of the Assyrian empire, Nineveh and ...

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Mar 9, 2018
Missions

Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus

Mission, ultimately, is at the heart of the gospel.
Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus
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I’m always fascinated to hear unbelievers today arguing that while they do not believe Jesus to be God, he nevertheless seemed to be a pretty nice guy—and a great moral teacher at that.

But interestingly enough, those who did not follow Christ as Lord during his earthly ...

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Feb 27, 2018
small churches

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 3)

More ways small churches can serve their communities

Small churches can adopt the same (or different) unengaged, unreached people groups currently living in the United States.

In addition to overseas work, consider how you can share the gospel effectively and long-term with a people group in America. States like Oklahoma, Louisiana, ...

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Feb 26, 2018
Rural Churches

Can Multi-Site Work in a Rural Context?

Many churches have embraced a multi-site strategy with a lot of success.
Can Multi-Site Work in a Rural Context?
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When people find out that I pastor a church in rural South Dakota that has four multi-site locations (in South Dakota, Illinois, and Jamaica) as well as an online, iCampus, they are often quite surprised.

I have a feeling if I told them our church was in Dallas or Atlanta, they ...

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Feb 24, 2018
World Evangelical Alliance

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on the World Evangelical Alliance

Ed Stetzer talks with Brian Stiller about World Evangelical Alliance important happenings.
One-on-One with Brian Stiller on the World Evangelical Alliance
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Ed: Tell us a little about the World Evangelical Alliance and some of what you are up to around the world.

Brian: The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) was founded in the 1840s as a way for Evangelicals to connect globally. (It is estimated there are up to 600 million Evangelicals ...

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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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