Just about every church and pastor I know wants to engage in mission. Some focus a majority of their efforts overseas, where unreached people abound, and others put the emphasis on their own “Jerusalem”; the back yards in which they play. Effective mission, perhaps, involves both (Acts 1:8). One thing that many would agree upon… Read More The 6 Major Community Anchor Points
Picture it for a second. You’re in a boxing ring, or a street fight. Your opponent is throwing blows. Face, chest, gut punches. You dodge, hang a few yourself, but your opponent is bigger, stronger, faster. He’s got the upper hand and you know it. You try to stay in the fight, but every connection… Read More When life hits you – absorb, don’t react
Today, I wanted to offer some thoughts on the efficacy of short term mission trips. You may be aware that over the years, the idea of short term mission trips have become somewhat of a controversial topic of contention. The reasons for this are varied, but they generally seem to orbit around the trip-takers doing… Read More Thoughts on Short Term Mission Trips
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV) The Extent of God’s Love – “For God so loved” Whenever I’ve preached or taught on this verse, I’ve always pointed out the debate on the use of the word… Read More The Missionary God of John 3:16
What is Poverty? Wikipedia defines it this way: “the scarcity or the lack of a certain (variant) amount of material possessions or money.” I think it’s more than that, and I’m in good company. Take a look at Genesis 3:1-19 – “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the… Read More A Look at Poverty (and Genesis 3:1-19)
They say you’re not supposed to use cruise control while driving on wet roads. Why? The theory is, it causes hydroplaning and everything goes haywire. The result? The driver loses control. How many times in your life have you felt like you’ve lost control? For some of us, it’s at home. For others, at work.… Read More How Do We Get to Crazy?
Mobilization is a science and an art. It’s something that probably anyone can do, but it’s something that can take time to understand and practice with efficiency. As a general outline, here are the three primary environments for effective Mobilization: 1 – Large Scale Events or Trainings Gathering large groups together around a single-commitment event… Read More Mobilization Strategy