Ask-a-Missiologist: Sean Benesh on "How Can Church Planters Think and Act Like Missionaries?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Sean Benesh on "How Can Church Planters Think and Act Like Missionaries?"

In this article of our Ask-a-Missiologist series, Sean Benesh nudges us to realize that the difference between foreign missions and domestic church planting is not a matter of principle but scope. Why is there such a gulf in our minds between the activities and skills of a church planter and a missionary? Perhaps we can learn from each other and close the gap a little. This is a republication from our old blog.

 Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea from a Missionary

 Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea from a Missionary

Because of globalization the world is growing smaller, and more and more denominations and networks are planting churches internationally. This is excellent news and marks a step forward in closing an artificial gap between missions and church planting, but we still must pay attention to lessons learned for cross-cultural ministry. Alex Hawke shares the wisdom of a missionary with new church planters rising to the occasion.

Ask-a-Missiologist: J. D. Payne on “Is the Sending Church Conversation Only a Global Conversation?”

Ask-a-Missiologist: J. D. Payne on “Is the Sending Church Conversation Only a Global Conversation?”

When it comes to missions, we are used to thinking first in terms of geography. This is only natural given the history of modern missions, but is this the most helpful way for us to think about fulfilling the command to send in today's world? Missiologist J. D. Payne helps us to refocus our attention on the cultural and ethnic borders that need to be crossed with the gospel. This is a republication from our old blog.

A Practical Way to Structure Your Church's Missionary Care

A Practical Way to Structure Your Church's Missionary Care

The Scriptures show us there is something special about the relationship between sending churches and sent ones, but maintaining that relationship across the miles and years is nearly impossible. In this article Zach Bradley describes a method for providing ongoing missionary care that is being used by sending churches around the country.

Embracing Spiritual Conviction Through Prayer: The Church's Steering Wheel

Embracing Spiritual Conviction Through Prayer: The Church's Steering Wheel

We often overestimate our ability to change what our hearts direct their affection towards via intellect or sheer will power. God's answer is the application of scriptural truth by the power of the Holy Spirit through meditation and prayer. God can not only use our personal prayer to reform our own hearts and develop a heart for the nations, God can even use our prayers to affect the prayer and life of our entire church. This article by Zach Bradley was previously published on our blog under a different title.

Loving Your Children Means Leading Them to Risk Everything

Loving Your Children Means Leading Them to Risk Everything

The calling toward missions is easier to accept in theory before the time comes to buy tickets and go. How much more true that must be for sending your own children? In this article Zach Bradley wrestles between his missions convictions and the concrete responsibility of his own parenthood.

Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger

Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger

Why are humans so drawn to glory? We dream dreams that are larger than life itself and set ourselves to accomplish monstrous tasks not fit for mortals. It's no different with God's mission; we really are too small to do what God asks us to do. In this article, Zach Bradley ponders the mysteries of a Great Father calling his little ones to participate in his Great Commission.

Embracing Spiritual Conviction, Part One

Embracing Spiritual Conviction, Part One

The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This is the first post in a series about Element 02: Embracing Spiritual Conviction. Andy Jansen explains how spiritual conviction awakens the heart's affections to God, the Holy Spirit's role in convicting through Scripture, the necessity of prayer, and the ongoing nature of repentance.