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 […]

What Mission Leaders Want From Church:

Not too long ago, in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, we had a round table of sorts with mission leaders from multiple nearby communities to discuss these three questions: 1. What do you want from ‘church?’     2. What do you think people want from ‘church?’   And…   3. What does Jesus […]

Maybe Christlikeness Isn't What I'm Supposed to be After.

For me, It’s enough of a challenge to do what Christ said to do, better yet to obey, or observe, all he commanded. (Matthew 28:19,20) (John 14:15) (1 John 5:3)  If I were to further pressure myself, at the urging of my own conscience or that of others to ‘become Christlike,’ or to ‘try to […]

Meetings or Mission, Which is the Better Path to Church Unity?

Having recently had multiple encounters with diverse sets of denominational church leaders, I’ve heard an interesting proposition more than once. The proposition is this: “If we could just have more cross-congregational church services/meetings/gatherings, we would have better unity.”   I cringe when I hear that. Not because striving towards unity is a bad thing, but […]

Let The Churches Die, but Keep Making Disciples

What if church, the gathering of God’s people in a particular local, was supposed to be a temporary thing, a seasonal ecosystem that cycled through life and death, or a snapshot of ecclesiastical, historical, and geographical history. I know, ‘church’ is not a place, it’s a people. We all say that, but still act as […]

Unity in Diversity – Global Perspectives On a Simpler Church

There’s a new book ready for publication, pre-orders are now being accepted by Redeeming Press and Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.  It’s called Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity. I am excited about this book because I know many of the authors who have contributed AND because ‘many authors have contributed.‘  Additionally, these authors represent practitioners from very […]

And What is Everyone Else’s Mission?

In the early days of the church, at least as told by Luke in the book of Acts, there was exponential growth followed by a few hiccups and then more exponential growth. Acts 6 describes one of those situations where an error, lack of  judgement, or a simple oversight  lead to the neglect of a […]

Mission/Ministry 'Inside' The Church & 'Outside' Of It

I know that discussions about being ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ of the church are theologically problematic at best.  Like the Apostle Paul addressing “Apphia and Archippus and “the church that meets in their home.”  The church (the people of God) locate themselves spatially (congregate) for a time in a place. Let’s put aside that debate for […]

'Working Out Your Own Salvation' Happens Through Mission.

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) I often hear this verse being misappropriated and see it being misapplied.  To equate this call with mustering up our own sanctification, […]