After 7+ years on the mission field, I suppose it’s natural to wonder how much longer we’ll be doing this.  It seems that many have asked us recently how much longer we plan on “doing what it is we’re doing” here in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. It’s been a tough year emotionally, but […]

Missional, Yes… But Still Missionary-ish Too.

There is a measure heat generated between the many who are embracing missional thinking and those who hold to a more historic or classical missionary mind-set. It’s something that acknowledged silently within both groups, but not usually discussed in “mixed” circles. The missional folks say that “we have much to learn from our cross-cultural missionaries,” […]

God's Mission & Yours, One Sentence

On my twitter account @Missionaries, I asked the question:  “What is God’s Mission, and what is yours in relation to His?”  I did this by way of private message after they had followed me.  I got hundreds of replies.  Mind you, that whomever responded, they had only 140 characters to answer the question.  The answers revealed […]

God-Directed Deviations in Missions: Defining Terms Part V "Missions"

  The word “mission” originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin missionem (nom. missio), meaning “act of sending” or mittere, meaning “to send”.[3] The word was used in light of its biblical usage; In the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to […]

God-Directed Deviations in Missions: Defining Terms Part IV “Missionary”

The final segment of defining the term “Missionary,” will probably not satisfy some, but it is, and has been, a clay word for generations.  Its meaning will continue to be shaped, adjusted, or simply fade into non-use. Time and culture happen to all words. For reference, see Parts I, II, and III Stay with me […]

God-Directed Deviations in Missions: Defining Terms Part III “Missionary”

In order to further investigate how we understand the term “Missionary” and even more importantly, how we apply our understanding of the term, we have to be willing to lay down at least some of our preconceptions for brief moment. It is not my desire to devalue the term, but to reevaluate it. Before proceeding, […]