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.
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.
In our aim to help every church see themselves as a sending church and every Christian as a sent one, we want to recommend great books to help along the way. That's way we are kickstarting our old "Recommended Reading" series with Colin Woodard's American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.
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.
Regardless of our political positions about refugees and immigration, few believers have actually engaged the rising number of internationals in our own neighborhoods and cities. Ben Schroering challenges local churches to view going to refugee and immigrant communities in the United States with the same enthusiasm as going overseas to reach the same peoples.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. In this third post in a series about Element 02: Embracing Spiritual Conviction, Zach Bradley discusses the importance of corporate prayer in helping a church become who God wants in his mission.
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.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. In this second post in a series about Element 02: Embracing Spiritual Conviction. Andy Jansen explores how Scripture is the true source of conviction, which the Spirit uses to reshape our desires.
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.
Although many pastors have a desire to see their church send more, they may have little time and energy after their preaching ministry to flex in other directions. That is why we wanted to hear the thoughts of longtime pastor Lane Harrison, describing how he uses preaching itself to cultivate missions awareness.
Wouldn't it be great to be part of a sending church? Maybe someday we will all have that pleasure. Or perhaps we could all compound our joy, today, if we lay hold of the church's identity rooted in our sending God. That's what Nathan Shaver encourages us to do in this article reframing how we should think about sentness and sending.
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.
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.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This series describes the importance of Element 01: Cultivating Missions Awareness. In Part Four, Zach Bradley explains how to cultivate missions awareness through preaching, prayer, discipleship, and sent ones.