Another Look on Whether or not All Christians are Missionaries

It’s hip to say that “Every Christian is a Missionary,” or “Every Christian ‘ought to be’ a missionary,” or even, when in our own predisposed contexts say; “We are all missionaries.” but look at the following proposition; “If God is a missionary God, and we are created in His image, then the people of God […]

Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

Insanity, according to Albert Einstein; is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ is one of those same things.  ‘The Pastorate’ is usually made up of a select group of professionals who have met the requirements of a particular denomination or group, have gone to seminary, been ordained, […]

Of Ordinary and Extraordinary Missions and Missionaries.

John Gill, (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian.  Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his […]

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 […]

The Problem of a Missional Prophet

Jesus said, “There is no Prophet who is despised except in his city and among his kindred and in his house.” (Mark 6:4) Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)  The New American Standard Bible puts it this way: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his […]

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, […]