Intro to Missions- Part 9 Export National Pastors

INTRO TO MISSIONS This is the audio from an introductory course on missions that a friend and I taught at our home church. In the eighth lesson, Aaron, my missionary friend in Morocco, discusses the vital work of exporting national pastors for ministry. How can ministry multiply? When is it time to release the local church […]

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Intro to Missions- Part 8 Exercise for Ministry

INTRO TO MISSIONS This is the audio from an introductory course on missions that a friend and I taught at our home church. In the eighth lesson, Aaron, my missionary friend in Morocco, discusses the vital work of training ministers on the foreign field. Aaron talks about the essential step of exercising believers for ministry. The paradigm […]

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Intro to Missions Course – Part 7

INTRO TO MISSIONS This is the audio from an introductory course on missions that a friend and I taught at our home church. In the sixth lesson, Aaron, my missionary friend in Morocco, discusses the vital work of establishing believers. Aaron talks about the essential step of exhorting believers to ministry. Jesus modeled this priority and […]

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Rethinking Unreached People Groups (Part 3)

A long time ago, I started a blog series trying to show that a widespread, modern interpretation of the Great Commission was a novel innovation and in fact not what the mission entails. To clarify, I’m talking about the idea that the mission of the church is to reach people from each and every ethnolinguistic group […]

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Fixing the IMB

For those who don’t know, the International Mission Board, which is the missions sending agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently announced a serious shortfall in their approximately $300 million annual operating budget. Over the last six years, the IMB has spent $210 million more than they have received in contributions. As a result of […]

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Increasing Your Church’s Missions Giving

I’ve had the great privilege over the past decade to visit many churches in the United States to talk about missions. One of the things that I’ve noticed in these travels is that there are some churches whose missions giving is out of all proportion to their size. That is, if you were to break […]

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Creativity: the most overvalued trait in missions (Part 3)

In the previous two posts, we examined the reasons that creativity is so highly valued in missions as well as one reason to be concerned about this trend. Let me give another. 2. This tendency betrays a lack of confidence in the gospel The reason that creative thinking is an ongoing need in other endeavors […]

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Creativity: the most overvalued trait in missions (Part 2)

In the previous post, we looked at some of the reasons that modern missions is majoring in innovation and creativity. Next I want to share a couple concerns about this trend. 1. This tendency betrays a lack of clarity about the mission itself Think for a moment about why creativity is so important in some […]

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Creativity: the most overvalued trait in missions (Part 1)

When I meet people for the first time and they ask me what I do, I have found that it is not very helpful to answer, ‘I’m a missionary.’ The reason is that in modern parlance, the word missionary has come to have a wider and wider range of meaning. There are all sorts of […]

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Systematician: Challenges for the Ministry of the Word on the Mission Field

I have been preaching parts of the book of Mark in our new church plant here in Kaohsiung. And I’m struck once again by what a truly unique ministry experience it is to plant a church in a highly unevangelized region! While we have ‘church services’, we don’t really have a church yet. That is, […]

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