It’s Sunday morning. Families are finding seats, people are grabbing coffee before the service and, chances are, college students seeking a church are walking through your doors. How does your church meaningfully engage these students?
Behind the scenes of the more visible work of the church is the question, “How do we relate to the realities around us?” A related question is, "What difference does the timeless Gospel make in the time and place where we find ourselves?"
"Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." This statement has been used as a good excuse not to use words in verbal witness. A closer look at the data, however, suggests that Paul and the apostles may have amended the phrase.
In basketball, a pivot requires turning just enough to get to the basket. Here are seven pivots that can radically transform our lives and our ministry impact.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
The approach that a missionary or evangelist employs can be greatly influenced by their home culture. Imagine two missionaries: the first from a culture that values respect at all costs, and the second that values success at all costs. How might this show up in their approach? What if the elements of speed and novelty are added to the mix? These questions are not just rhetorical, but occur in real life. This article will examine how Matthew 24:14 has been used to justify the need for speed in missions.
More and more, people of other faith traditions are settling in Canada and the United States and becoming our neighbours. As we navigate a changing world and society, we are seeking to integrate witness and dialogue—but how do we best approach interfaith dialogue?
Last year was the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht which produced the Canons of Dort. One of the areas it addressed was the question "Did Christ die for everyone?" This question is answered in the blog below.
We may wish we could magically create a mission-shaped congregation with one event, one sermon, or one service-project. However, like our new year’s resolutions, becoming a mission-shaped congregation takes many small steps, all headed in the right direction.
The church at Antioch sends Paul and Barnabas and cares for them when they return. There’s a clear relationship between the church and the sent that I think we’ve lost in the modern world.
On September 20, 2018, Mary Hoekstra and I left for a music ministry trip like no other. We had six 50-pound boxes of band instruments, three 50-pound suitcases containing personal effects and more instruments, and no idea what to expect once we arrived in Kenya.
Some missionaries serve in countries where Christians are persecuted—but don't let security concerns dissuade you from writing to them. Follow these guidelines to help keep them and the people they work with safe.
Care packages are a great way to encourage missionaries and send them a bit of home—but they can also present a huge hassle for your missionary.
How do you decide which missionaries are the best fit for your church?
My theological framework is all onboard. Then you hit this big stumbling block or barrier: there’s still a whole lot of ministry stuff that happens over coffee with other men.
With the increased movement of people around the world, it’s becoming more and more likely that students in academic classrooms or church groups will have lived in more than one country during their lifetimes. Like any student, TCKs are individuals with unique characteristics and learning styles, but there are a few general characteristics to keep in mind.
It’s natural for missionaries, sending organizations, and supporters to think about safety. The question of safety is answered differently by each of us, and in the midst of diverse responses to the current crisis, it’s clear that God makes people differently.