Can 'Discipleship' Happen on Short-Term Mission Trips?

Can “Discipleship” happen on Short-Term Mission Trips? Before answering too quickly, consider these things: “The Great Commission”   “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of […]

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 […]

Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, I […]

What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers of […]

When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are, […]

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 […]

Is Making Disciples 'The Mission?'

What is God’s mission? Perhaps, and for now, it’s the reconciliation of all things. (Colossians 1:20) What is humankind’s mission? That’s where it gets a little sticky. With the renewed fervor in Making Disciples, many are saying that ‘Making Disciples is the mission.’ I’m sure you’ve heard that as well. Let’s repeat that to make […]

Like God's Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late to […]

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 […]

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 […]