WHOLLY SHIFT! What's Going On In Disciple Making?

A couple of missionaries working with Muslims in West Africa decided that they had been focusing on the “wrong” disciple making  principles. They needed to “Wholly Shift” their approach.  here are a few of those shifts…  1. Go slow at first in order to go faster 2. Focus on a few to win many 3. […]

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 […]

Mission, Missions, or Missional?

Christopher J. H Wright, In his book “The Mission of God’s People,” says:  “What pops into our mind when we see or hear the word “mission”? Perhaps we are more familiar with it in the form “missions”, which usually brings to mind all the cross-cultural missionary work of the churches we are familiar with. We think […]

On Not Creating Culture Bubbles When Doing Mission.

I am a missionary.  My wife is a missionary with whom I serve.  We work in one of the most culturally diverse regions on the planet.  I love the varied and often complicated cultural nuances of the region because it’s instructive to me and allows us to learn much of our Lord by seeing His […]

A Missionary's Mission Trip To The United States – Part I

I‘ve just returned from a 38 day mission trip tot he United States.  I will be writing a series of posts regarding that trip and the myriad of experiences.  I was going to say “ecclesiastical experiences,” but in retrospect I do want to blur the lines between the “spiritual” and the “secular.”  Yes, you read […]

Vertical Missional Myopia

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20 Often, this scripture is used in an accusative way for the unbeliever who is not seeing what God reveals to them through nature or “the […]

A Question for Short-Term Missions Team Leaders…

Having hosted Short-Term Missions Teams and having been members of the same, I have a question for the Short-Term Missions Team Leaders: Would you say the following is an accurate statement? “You are the leader of your team.  You are not the leader of the mission itself.   You, as a leader, must defer to […]

The Half-Life of an Evangelism Gadget or Method

Half-life (t½) is the time required for a quantity to fall to half its value as measured at the beginning of the time period.  When it comes to evangelism gadgetry or methodology, it suffers the same exponential decay.  I’ve seen all the gadgets and all the methods.  I’ve seen them used and abused.  I’ve seen […]

Put These 7 Mission Words In Order

Missions, short or long term should always begin with ADONAI: Literally “my Lord,” the plural form of Adon, that is, “Lord” or “Lordship.”  The word occurs in the Masoretic text 315 times by the side of the Tetragram YHWH (310 times preceding and five times succeeding it) and 134 times without it. Originally an appellation of God, […]

Disenfranchised Disciple Makers

Take two equally gifted Disciple Makers, both with sincere intent and genuine faith.  Does the disciple maker with means make more disciples than the disciple maker without means?  Before answering that question, let me share a real life example.  As many of you know, my wife and I are missionaries in the Cloud Forest region […]