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Ask-a-Missiologist: Does Sending Church Exclude the Universal Church and Parachurch?

Ask-a-Missiologist: Does Sending Church Exclude the Universal Church and Parachurch?

What’s our big hang-up with the local church and the Great Commission? And more importantly, are we minimizing the importance of parachurch ministries for the mission of the church? What are the respective roles of the local church and parachurch ministries? Caleb Crider tackles this topic in this week’s Ask-a-Missiologist. This is a republication from our old blog.

Ask-a-Missiologist: Ken Winter on "Does a Pastor Really Have a Biblical Responsibility in Global Mission?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Ken Winter on "Does a Pastor Really Have a Biblical Responsibility in Global Mission?"

Does every single local church have to participate in global mission? What does partnership look like for pastors of a small churches? In this article of our Ask-a-Missiologist series, Ken Winter lays out a plain view of the Great Commission and the gift of pastors to the Church. The is a republication from our old blog.

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.

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.

Ask-a-Missiologist: Caleb Crider on "What Is a Missiologist and Why Do They Matter?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Caleb Crider on "What Is a Missiologist and Why Do They Matter?"

It's easy to bury simple meanings under terms like "missiologist" and "missiology," but these are helpful terms describing a necessary discipline. In fact, everybody has their own missiology, whether they have examined it closely or not. Caleb Crider breaks down this term, giving a brief overview, and explains how missiologists help all of us participate in God's mission.

Ask-a-Missiologist: Nathan Garth on "What are the Dangers of #SendingChurch?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Nathan Garth on "What are the Dangers of #SendingChurch?"

Earlier this year we published this truly "upstream" article from Nathan Garth, pastor of international missions at Sojourn Community Church. Obviously, we love the biblical idea of "sending church," but we also want to consider how it could become more about a fad than being faithful. Nathan originally presented this at a Sending Church Roundtable.