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Assets for Missions That May Be Hiding in Your Church

At World Renew we talk a lot about asset based community development; that is, discovering the assets that God has already placed in a community rather than focusing on perceived needs. This approach works with churches, too! What hidden assets might be in your church, just waiting to be deployed for missions?

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The Pope as Evangelist

Several of the clergy interviewed said that the most important characteristic is that the new Pope must be an evangelist, someone who could effectively communicate the Gospel to the modern world. What are you hoping for in the election of a new Pope?

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What Is Your Church's Acts 1:8 Portfolio?

Over the past decade or so of working with churches, I've noticed a curious tendency for leaders to think of things in either/or terms. For example, "should we invest in local outreach OR global missions?" "Should we reach out to get new members OR should we take care of our own members?" My answer to many of these questions is, "yes."

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Church: Institute, Organism, or Something Else?

There’s lots of talk these days about church as institute vs church as organism. Conceptually I understand the difference, but in practice, I suspect it’s not so easy to separate the two. Which leads me to a bigger question, what exactly is “church?”

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Jihad

Jihad, to put it simply, means struggle; any kind of struggle, but particularly a struggle for the faith. Jihad is one of many issues that would be best dealt with in conversation and dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

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Ideas for Emphasizing Missions in 2013

World Renew (formerly CRWRC) celebrated 50 years of ministry in 2012. In 2013, Christian Reformed World Missions will celebrate 125 years of ministry. That’s a long time! How is your church emphasizing missions these days? If you are looking for some up to date inspiration, here are some ideas:

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Church Mobilization Priorities for 2013

As we wrap up our efforts for 2012 and get ready to plunge into the new year of church mobilization, what is most urgent to accomplish? What can we do that will make the greatest long-term impact for global advance? Ellen Livingood shares her priority lists for churches and agency mobilizers and would love to hear what’s on yours.

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Praying for Peace on Earth

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)  Peace. We hear the word a lot around Christmas. We talk about the Prince of Peace and we pronounce a blessing of peace on earth. But what is peacemaking? John Calvin explains that peacemakers “labor to settle differences among others, who advise all men ...

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From the Qur’an to the Bible - Bridges to the Gospel

In Acts 17:23-24 Paul makes reference to an altar with the inscription: “To an Unknown God.” Paul then proceeds to describe who that God is, as he has revealed himself through his Son Jesus Christ. In doing this Paul uses a bridge to the Gospel from another faith (in this case Greek polytheism).

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Nurturing Gospel Movement

I love reading missionary newsletters, as you can probably tell. Last week I posted about a church that was started out of a literacy class meeting underneath a tree in Uganda. This week, I’d like to share with you some words of wisdom from Gil Suh, who works with Christian Reformed World Missions in Cambodia.

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Adult Literacy Class Becomes a Church in Uganda

I love reading newsletters from overseas missionaries and staff. Sometimes, I read a story like the one shared by Edward Etanu Okiror below, and I wonder . . . could a church "spring up" like this in North America? Edward works for World Renew in Uganda.

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Funding Church-Based Missions Teams

As trustworthy stewards of God’s assets we must conscientiously and carefully manage the time, talents, and treasures that have been entrusted to us. A simple model for giving wisely out of both income and assets is termed “Ten Plus One”

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