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Fewer But Deeper Relationships

Churches can end up with lots of missionary connections.  Gradually, and for a variety of reasons, new relationships are established. Soon the congregation has a dozen or more commitments.  Even the missions committee or GO team has a hard time remembering  

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Mission According to Stott

On 27 July, 2011, the Church lost one of its greatest leaders, Rev. John Stott. He contributed so much in so many areas that it is hard to overstate his significance. He was called "a Renaissance man with a Reformation theology." Indeed. He made a number of important contributions in the area of mission that deserve  

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In Search of a Bigger World

Sometimes a short-term mission trip is just a beginning. At least, that’s what it was for Carol Van Klompenburg.In 2008, a team leader asked members of a 2008 service and learning team to the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua what each of them was seeking from the trip. Carol answered, “A bigger world—mine is too small.”

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Global Mission Webinars: Fall 2011

Christian Reformed World Missions has been working with World Renew and other agencies to offer webinars on a variety of topics including The Changing Face of World Missions, The Millenium Development Goals, and When Helping Hurts

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Are You Already a Missionary?

As a kid, I thought of a cross-cultural missionary as a church planter or community developer sent by a denominational agency to some remote country in Latin America, Asia or Africa. As I grew older I realized that my childhood image was not all that Biblical. 

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Mission Emphasis . . . Weak?

The practice of mission work has changed dramatically in recent decades, and the pace of change seems to constantly accelerate. The way that we celebrate missions in the churches should also be dynamic. The idea of a mission emphasis week, often connected to a Faith Promise program for mission support, goes back several decades in CRC history. 

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Did You Notice How the World Has Changed?

I grew in Sully, Iowa, in the 1960’s. Every year my parents would take us to Mission Fest at Market Square in Pella. I thought of missionaries as rather exotic creatures who travelled to far off lands. They showed slides that could have been borrowed from the files of National Geographic.

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Short Termers, Think Long Term

I want to encourage short term mission trip planners/participants to think long term commitment. We have talked with Steve Brauning about the "commando" mission trips, where a team drops in, does the work and disappears, never to be seen or heard from again... 

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Do We Christians Live in a "Bubble?"

Circles of friends can warp into ethnic or denominational bubbles or even just plain Christian bubbles. And sometimes we are tempted to think that we have been sent on a mission to or for those outside our bubbles.

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Calvin's Contribution to Missions

Many have criticized John Calvin and his fellow Reformers as being indifferent to the cause of missions outside the bounds of what was considered Christendom in the 16th century.  A Latin American missiologist will be  

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Global South Evangelicals More Optimistic

In the last few years I've heard a lot of pessimistic statements about the state of Christianity in America. Evangelical leaders in the Global South, however, see growth in the influence of Evangelical Christianity in their countries. Take a look at the news release and the survey link below.

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Can We Be Friends?

The question was really quite simple, “Can we be friends?” My first unspoken instinct was the somewhat sarcastic rejoinder that in my opinion we were already friends. But I bit my tongue and instead asked Darryl what he meant by his question.

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Tracking the Gospel in India

I’ve had the opportunity to see what the Father is doing in India through the careful distribution of simple, paper tracts. The numbers are so vast, they can only be believed when I recognize the immense power of God to use a low-caste slum dweller with a Gospel tract to bring a Hindu to faith in Jesus. 

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What's So Great About the Acts 2 Church?

Programs can be efficient ways to accomplish specific results. They usually involve commissioning or delegating people with special gifts to do certain tasks on behalf of the rest of us. Movements, on the other hand, happen when ordinary people like you and I become contagious about a shared vision and begin infecting our neighbors.

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Has Pentecost Made a Difference in Your Neighborhood?

One out of every four Nicaraguans currently claims a “born again” experience. There’s little doubt that many individuals and families have changed because the Gospel has taken root in their lives. But a growing number of Nicaraguan evangelicals are beginning to ask the “Pentecost question.”

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Missions Toolkit

Where do you begin in developing a robust active missions effort in your church? How do you reinvigorate a program that has run out of steam after decades of faithful effort? The Mission Toolkit contains a variety of resources such as Bible study materials, mission emphasis ideas, great books on Islam, missionary care. 

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'Going' to Deliver an Invitation

"Serving as a mission volunteer is not another experience to check off the list, like white-water rafting, backpacking or zip-lining. Instead, we have to shed ourselves and go as representatives of the family of God. We must not only introduce people to ‘our House’, but we also need to say ‘come, join us.

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Boring Event on Church Planting?

Can you imagine being a motivational speaker named Boring?  Christian Reformed Home Missions hosted an event on June 6 in which Nick Boring spoke of his journey from a career as a corporate executive into ministry, and his passion to help churches plant churches.  This event brought together

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Vacation Bible School as Missions

Whenever I meet with a church to talk about their global missions strategy, I always ask what they are doing locally. Inevitably they mention VBS as a primary outreach tool. So I decided to do some research.

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Connecting via Skype

Saturday morning I attended an event in which a missionary family spoke face to face with their US home church from their living room in Vienna.  Has your church used Skype to connect with missionaries at a distance? What would you think of having a moment for missions by Skype as part of the regular worship service?

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Support Raising: Begging or Biblical

Some see support raising as a great opportunity to connect with people, tell ministry stories, and call people to faithful use of the resources that God has given them. Others consider it “begging,” and see it as demeaning to the missionary. What do you think?

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