What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers of […]

Like God's Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late to […]

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 […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Keep Doing…

One June 1st 2014, my blog post titled; ‘24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…‘ caused quite the ruckus on the internet and was followed by a barrage of comments on this blog and many others. In fact, of the 800+ articles I’ve written, it remains the most popular ever. […]

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 […]

If you're Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one, […]

Are the Jewish, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, and Non-Religious 'Unreached?'

According to the Joshua Project, the world has 7,000+ unreached people groups. ‘Unreached,’ according to them, are groups that “lack enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize their own people.” Is it right for Christian mission organizations to classify the Jewish, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the New Ager, and the self-proclaimed Non-Religious […]

She’s Been 'Saved' 4 Times by 4 Mission Teams in 4 Years.

I see her walking around town, in stores, and taking her children to school. I’ve even seen her in church a couple of times. I often wonder “what her angle is,” but I think she’s all too well aware of what she’s doing. It’s the mission teams that I worry about. I often wonder if […]

'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, […]