During 2009, I personally interviewed fifty leaders of large churches that were effectively engaged in global missions. These are eight trends that I believe will shape the future of missions.
I attended the funeral of one of our former missionaries today. She was 54 and her youngest child is just out of high school. It was a very moving occasion. Remarkable testimonies were given by her sons and brother and a fine message by the pastor, also a former missionary. However, the thing I will most remember is what her friend said in summing up her life. Eileen Wiersma had an infectious enthusiasm. When she found something great, she communicated her enthusiasm by saying, "You gotta come with."
As we begin to think of the heart and scope of the Gospel and embracing a missional understanding of the church, the ramifications for the local church will be subtle but significant.
Can we be willing to be both a host for a stranger and guest in the home of a new acquaintance? Could our churches can be that place where people could go to belong?
What are your resources and what are the resources of those with whom you wish to partner? Use these questions to help recognize the varied diversity of resources which can be found in a person, a church, a group or a community.
Before we ask what the church does or what programs a church implements, we first must recognize that the church is continuing God’s mission to bring redemption to every part of creation.
Many churches which have done a number of short term missions trips have been struggling with some common questions. "We have done construction or other tasks. Is there more? Is there a way for us to develop a relationship with another church or community? What are the pitfalls to avoid and the opportunities to embrace in doing joint ministry? What about serving together in a third location?
Andy Crouch, executive producer for the Global Conversation video series, sat down with two men whose churches have nurtured twenty years of partnership in mission, Chapel Hill Bible Church in the United States and the Nairobi Chapel church network in Kenya.
This paper comes out of personal experience and observation of missionaries of many nationalities working with West Africans who are Muslim Background Believers, in several Sahelian, francophone, predominantly Muslim countries (Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Guinea.)
How do we increase the odds that STM will make a long-term difference in the lives of our kids long after the suitcases are unpacked and the photo albums are buried in bedroom closets?
Are we fooling ourselves by pretending these trips help people when they are really just an excuse to see a foreign country? If our good works are not doing good, why do them?
Here is a summary of an in depth research paper written by Roland Hoksbergen about how North-South NGO partnerships contribute to development.
Cross cultural experiences open our eyes to areas where our own culture needs transformation. Assessing resources in both organizations is more than just financial, it also includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and the like.
Should you do to others what you would have them do to you? We think what we are giving to others is bread, without realizing that we are actually giving a stone or a snake.
We believe that everyone has been given gifts and resources by God. We see close relationships between distant churches as a way to share the resources and knowledge that we have with each other.
A multi-agency task force has assembled this draft of principles that can help guide partnerships.
Condensed version of World Renew (formerly known as CRWRC) Core Learning module: Community Development and Transformation, Basic Principles and Practices. (CRWRC/World Renew).
"Double vision” involves the ability to see the world from the perspective of another person or culture without losing the unique perspective of our own experience or culture. That means, even professing the same Lord and observing the same events, we as Christians can still view things from distinct angles.
Timothy was trained in ministry by the Apostle Paul and called upon to train others (II Timothy 2:2) so that the church would have an on-going supply of focused, disciplined and hard-working leaders. This makes the use of his name with a new leadership training material very appropriate. Although this material was developed for untrained pastors in Africa, it is now being used in Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America as well. In fact, Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) is present in 48 countries around the world. The genius of the method is two-fold: inductive approach and action planning.