5 Ways to Topple a Church Regime

1. Obliterate and repent of all semblances of an ecclesiastical caste system. Any distinction, either by action or thought which conveys that there is a clergy class and a laity class must be questioned, challenged, disturbed, provoked, captured, and killed. If this sounds too violent, revolutionary, or subversive, then consider it more like a mercy killing, an assisted […]

The Church Acquires its Real Nature, Unique Identity, and True Vocation from Mission. God's Mission.

“The church is a community of faith. Under no circumstances should we lose this very concept of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish an institution that came to be called “church.” He gave a particular mission to his disciples: Go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature […]

From 0 (Zero) to Mission in 5…4…3…2…

At the outset, I will say that this article is not about the woes of short-term missions. That topic has been treated exhaustively by me and others. A little background: I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. In our initial years here, we fell, rather quickly, into the mode […]

How exactly, are we supposed to be ‘led by the Spirit’ in Missions?

The idea of ‘being ‘led by the Spirit,’ is often touted and dropped in cliche-esque fashion into Christian conversations. It’s use by others (“You need to be led by the Spirit”), tries to invoke an “ah ha” moment, as if by saying it, the receiver says, “Oh yes, that’s it, that’s the key to everything, ‘being led by […]

I've literally asked 100's of questions about Church Planting, but this one…

I’ve literally asked or tweeted hundreds of questions about Church Planting, Including this one; “The Church Planting Question that could Change Everything!,”and there’s usually been some intense and fruitful midrash, but this one… “Why, biblically speaking, can’t I completely jettison the idea of “church Planting?” was met with dead silence. My friend @Apostlefarm, aka Billy Mitchell  […]

Are Contemporary Church Meetings 'Built On' the Synagogue Model?

The word “assembly” in James 2:2, and the word “congregation” in Acts 13:43, is translated from the Greek word sunagógé, which is translated as “synagogue” in all 56 other places that it appears in the New Testament books.  Christ’s followers, as it appears by the usage of the terms in 45-49 A.D., (the time of […]

This Quote about Church was Good until…

I read a lot. Right now, I’m reading, amongst other things, “Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory”  I keep bumping into quotes in this book that make me want to stand up and shout “YES!” and then get a bit deflated when the quote, or the idea, boomerangs back to church as institution, […]

The 'Church' Only Exists When She Exercises Her Missionary Charge.

This is a follow-up post, of sorts, to the article “Two Churches, One City, Almost No Common Ground in Mission – An Interactive Scenario.” That post and this one are designed to catalyze conversations with your missions committees, small groups, and church leaders about the ‘Missio Dei,’ the Latin Christian theological term that can be translated […]

Two Churches, One City, Almost No Common Ground in Mission – An Interactive Scenario

In a medium-sized city in North America there are two churches, both of which are very committed to Christian mission. Church A is located on the rim of the city with an easy commute to the city center. This church is fairly wealthy, and they have a tradition of using much of their money to […]

Does the Church still need Missionaries?

With the diversity of ethnicities represented in our own local communities, with the advancement of social technologies, with ‘churches’ springing up virtually everywhere, with the ever rising dangers of a world in conflict, and with the sheer availability of the gospel even in the remotest of places, why does the Church still need missionaries? Isn’t […]