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 […]

Maybe Luke 10 Isn't The Best 'Missional' Text.

Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.  And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into […]

When Churches and Pastors Reject Mission

A man leaves a small village and starts his journey to Quito, Ecuador.  He has to walk for 8 hours, catch a small plane for a two-hour flight, and then get on a bus for 10 hours.  He arrives at the big city and begins searching for someone to take up the work he’s been […]

Are You Planting 'End-of-Life' Churches?

Does it bother you when a manufacturer designs its product so that it breaks down after a specific amount of time?  Does that seem immoral to you?  Maybe you are fastidious at taking care of things and tend to get more life out of your possessions than the average person.  Right now, I’m writing this blog on […]

A Couple of Quotes about The Church That You're Going to Want to Read

Here are a couple of quotes by Abraham Kuyper on the Church.  But first allow me to introduce him to you.    Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian. He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905. Theologically Kuyper has also been very influential.  Some […]

20 Cultural Contexts In Disciple Making

A couple of years ago I was invited to a 3 day International round table discussion on Discipleship.  During one of the discussions, I was able to share some thoughts about catalyzing a disciple making culture.  About 20 minutes into the conversation a church leader from another country stood up and objected that I, as […]

Paul And Barnabas As Second Generation Disciple Makers… And Why it Matters

After Peter does some evangelism in Solomon’s Portico and his subsequent arrest and release, we see the birth of an entirely  new generation of disciples. While it may not be normative² for all new groups of disciples to start this way, we see that: They believed the message of the Gospel. They were of one heart […]

For Where Your Church Treasure is, There your Mission Heart Will be Also.

The Mission is to Make Disciples. Disciples are made by going, baptizing, and teaching others to obey all things that Christ commanded. (Matthew 28:18,19,20) Included in the “all things” that Christ commanded are loving our neighbors as ourselves and loving God with all of our hearts, mind, soul, and strength (Mark 12:33), and bearing one […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]

Missional Leadership Does Not Isolate or Separate

We’re getting ready to kick of another major push outward to bring the gospel and make disciples in our contexts and beyond.  In order to do this, we’re forming a key group of those who have demonstrated one thing; A desire to extend the reach of our current mission practice.  There’s a movement happening here […]