What Other Criterion Besides Making Disciples?

A blog post from 2011 resurfaced yesterday titled;  “CAN GROUPS BE MISSIONAL & MAKE DISCIPLES?” It referenced another blog post from 2011 titled; “Why Churches Should Euthanize Small Groups.” I would suggest reading those two articles before continuing further. A few sentences struck me in these pieces:     “Small groups are things that trick […]

How Do You Know When You've Gone From 'Zero Church' to 'Local Church' In a New Community?

As thousands of church planters gather today in Orlando for the Exponential conference, I can’t help but ask again, “What is a church plant?” I’m not asking what church planting is, because there wouldn’t be a conference without at least, a minimally accepted common frame of reference and understanding. “How you define a “Church Plant,” […]

A Podcast About Church From The Cloud Forest Of Ecuador

It’s raw and unrehearsed, but this podcast takes an audio snapshot of the mission, culture, and church here in Ecuador.  It’s not too long, and you can listen to it here.  We answer the question, “Why isn’t the Disciple Making that’s happening where you are, happening where we are?” and others in this podcast.  Pay […]

The Slow Evangelism Blade Penetrates The Shield

Pope Francis recently said; “Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and […]

7 Things Spurgeon Said About Apostolic Movements…

“There may be some who say the success has been proportionate to the agency, and that we could not have been more successful. I am far from being of their opinion, and I do not think they themselves would express it on their knees before Almighty God. We have not been successful to the extent […]

Mission and Church Planting Amongst The Poor – Losing Souls While Finding Sustainability?

My Wife and I, along with band of highly motivated indigenous and itinerant gospel laborers, seek to create mission outposts (plant churches) here in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador.  Our direct goal is not to “plant churches” per se, but to Make Disciples and to help guide the local gatherings as they […]

Why I Prayed For The Demise of a Church Plant.

Several days ago, I discovered that a group of folks had built up a small section of ground in one of the communities that we’re making disciples in.  One of the women in the community that we’re discipling on a regular basis said, “Hey, did you know they’re building a church right down the road?” […]

In my head, I’d probably call it 'Apostolic Discipleship,' but…

I was talking to a friend today about evangelism and discipleship in diverse contexts. We spoke of successes and failures, movements and mind-shifts, and of laying down and tearing up foundations. We laughed at our mistakes and lamented at some of the directional decisions we’ve made along the way. I briefly described our evangelism/discipleship process […]

The Dog Ate My Short-Term Missions Homework.

Have you done your Short-Term Missions Homework? A “Forward Observer” is a military term describing a soldier who is acutely aware of the position and movements of friendly troops as well as those of opposing forces. They see the lay of the land and report where advances can be made.  Observers usually work independently for […]