Mission or Fruitless Mimicry?

Your Christology, or theology of Christ is the starting point of your mission. I say ‘your mission,’ because there are differing views about who Christ is and what His message was. These different views, when it comes to mission, have different results. Those who claim to follow Christ can either be transformed into His image […]

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 […]

Missional vs. Missionary Movements – Which Will Prevail?

Hugh Halter once said; “We should get rid of the term ‘missional’ and use something more on the lines of ‘missionary-ish’ to get people to think more about being missionaries in their neighborhoods as a ‘better’ definition of ‘missional’.” He also said; “Just stop using the term (Missional). It’s too vague and too many people […]

'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, […]

Becoming Indigenous – Part II

In the first part of this series, I briefly laid out the foundation for the idea of “Becoming Indigenous.” I also asked some questions to help frame the conversation going forward. I’m going to pitch my tent on this topic  for a while with an occasional deviation. You can follow me on twitter @Missionaries, to […]

Becoming Indigenous

My wife and I were talking about being accepted as “one of their own” in various communities in the cloud forest region of Ecuador. She said, “It’s like we’re becoming indigenous.” My first thought was, “that’s brilliant!” We talked about it for a bit longer and then went on to other topics, but it has […]

Being 'Missional' Must Include Engaged Conversations That Point People To Their Need of Jesus Christ.

“Proclamation, proclamation…proclamation! Enough already!” I heard this spoken at a gathering of missional folks last year.  The person speaking was referring to what he presumed was the incessant verbalizing, ‘preaching,’ and vocalizing of the gospel without demonstrable living proof of the same.  In other words, and from his point of view, Christianity’s walk wasn’t lining […]

Does Creed Kill Mission?

In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that “The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality […]

'Who's Co-opting Your Missional Midrash?'

I remember when it was a “missional” conversation.  Dialogue was crucial to reactivating the latent mission DNA of Jesus’ Church.  I remember when “missional” was the opposite of “attractional.”  What ever happened to that?  I remember when nothing was missional and everything became missional.  I remember when missional first grew legs and supposedly stepped out […]

Is There A Full Frontal Assault On Christian Missionaries by ‘Missional’ Christians?

Let’s get something straight. The question is not about Short-Term missions trips or those that go on them. It’s about those who have been called out and sent by God to a particular place, for an indeterminate amount of time, outside of their own context. Statements like:       “Staying is the new Going,” […]