We want to be on the edge of Kingdom advancement. Where should our church or agency focus?
Is it urban?
Is it orality?
Is it unreached peoples? Unengaged-unreached?
Is it disciple making and church planting?
Is it combating trafficking? Combating poverty?
Is it social development? Justice issues?
Is it partnering with Majority World churches?
International migration is one of the most important areas for denominations, agencies, and churches interested in being on the cutting edge of Kingdom expansion. It will remain so for decades to come (Lord willing). Those who want to be on the edge will be here.
International migration is found at the nexus of globalization, urbanization, orality, upgs (and unengaged-unreached), disciple making/church planting, trafficking, social ministry, and Majority World churches.
Miss the diasporas, miss a great Kingdom opportunity.
To the Edge was published this week. Only six days left to take advantage of the buy one and get one free discount.
I shared yesterday that To the Edge: Reflections on Kingdom Leadership, Mission, and Innovation is now available. Last night, I recorded this brief video for you. I hope it will provide some additional information on this book, information I was unable to share in yesterday’s post. Enjoy!
Because I value you as a reader and desire your assistance in spreading the word on this book, I have set up a special “Buy 1, Give 1″ discount code through August 4. I want to give you a copy of this book (to give to a friend) when you purchase a copy. Here is what you need to know to take advantage of this offer:
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Today is the day! To the Edge: Reflections on Kingdom Leadership, Mission, and Innovation has been released!
Check out the link below for a summary of the book or listen to my podcast.
I need your assistance in promoting this book. As a means of helping you and to show my appreciation, I am providing you with a discount code to get two books for the price of one! Of course, I do not want you to have two copies in your library. I want you to share one with someone. Here is a chance for you to “Buy 1 and Give 1″. Your someone will thank you!
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This offer is only good between now and August 4, 2015. Please feel free to share this code with others.
You may also purchase a Kindle edition. Pre-order is now available; it should be released in the next few days. Sorry, the discount is only available on hard copy orders.
We often talk about going and sharing the good news. Yet some of the saddest words in the Bible are: “But he went out and began to talk freely” (Mark 1:45, ESV).
Jesus just healed a man with leprosy and gave him stern instructions:
“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them” (Mark 1:44).
We may think our way is the best; clearly, it makes more sense. Our way reaches more people. After all, didn’t Jesus say make disciples of all nations?
The disobedience of the healed man in the name of wide dissemination of the message hindered the mission of Jesus.
This man was sent to be a proof to the priest. He refused to go, but he did go and proclaim. Isn’t that enough?
What doesn’t make sense to us, is clear to Him. Failure to go to the priest will keep Him from the towns, will force Him into desolate places where not as many people will be able to make it to Him (v. 45), and will leave the priest without a witness.
All because we want to do it our way. . . in the name of the Lord, of course!
Casting a vision for church multiplication is a critical step in leading your church to be involved in church planting. That was my topic on last week’s episode of Strike the Match. Check it out! iTunes | Android | RSS
Your church is not involved in church planting. How do you begin to cast such a vision to move from where you are to where you need to go? Proverbs 20:5 notes, “A plan in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out” (NASB). Vision casting is more art than science. As a leader, you need to be a person of understanding and paint a picture of the possible future to come by God’s grace.
In this episode, I talk about the art of vision casting and 5 steps involved in casting a vision for church planting. And in appreciation to you for listening, here is a link to a corresponding article I wrote on this topic a few years ago: http://northamericanmissions.org/files/Casting-Vision-Article.pdf
“but you make it a den of robbers” (Mt 21:13, ESV).
Here is a danger in innovation, efficiency, and so-called progress. It is possible to turn a house of prayer into a place of thieves, even in the name of Kingdom stewardship.
A little pragmatism here and some capitalism there, add a dash of materialism so we can accomplish our goals, and we may one day see Jesus at the door with whip in hand.
Here is a danger. Beware. Let’s make sure we know what we are talking about when it comes to a biblical stewardship of innovation and then work the field from there.
To the Edge: Reflections on Kingdom Leadership, Mission, and Innovation is set to release one month from today. This is another one of my indie projects, and the third time I have used CreateSpace as my platform. While Kindle will allow for pre-order sales of the book, CreateSpace does not at this time. . . the only significant fault I have found with them to date. Other than this limitation, they are great.
In this post, I continue to share my periodic thoughts on writing.
I consider myself a hybrid author, believing in and operating within both the traditional and indie worlds. Before I continue, please understand that I am a strong advocate for publishing via the traditional publishing paradigm. I have done this many times and, Lord willing, plan to continue in this model with Apostolic Church Planting scheduled to be released this November through InterVarsity Press. I hope to share more about this paradigm in a future post. But here is my comment on independent publishing.
A simple Google search reveals numerous articles on the pros and cons of being an indie author. Check it out. There are strengths and limitations to publishing with any model. With indie publishing, the author has control over everything. Yes, he or she has the final say in the product and can set a higher royalty rate, but is also responsible for all of the important components trained professionals with publishing houses oversee, such as: editing, proofreading, internal formatting, cover design, marketing, and promotion. Google the pros and cons and read about them in detail.
After praying about a book project, how do I usually decide which publishing route to take?*
I ask myself: How niche specific is this book?
The Christian audience is a niche within the general book-buying market. I typically write in the category of missions. That is a niche within the Christian niche. And some of my books are even more specific than that niche, maybe even two additional degrees of specificity. Most publishers usually do not publish a large number of books related to the missions niche. Even fewer publishers will go to the next level, such as writings on church planting. And no one (William Carey being the exception) wants to publish beyond this level. . . based on my experience.
It is at these highly-specific levels I often turn an idea into an indie project.
For example, The Barnabas Factors was a message I felt compelled to share and met a need in the church planting world related to teams. That is several rungs down the niche-ladder. Though the book continues to do well in sales, there is not a large audience for it.
While it is difficult to get any book published via the traditional route (I plan to do a post on rejection letters.), and very hard work to self-publish, my encouragement to you when considering which option** to choose is to ask: “How specific is the audience for this book?” If very specific, do not attempt to shop around your idea; you are wasting time. Go indie.
*If you are one of few people who has a massive platform and leads a large tribe, then I have a different thought for you. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My platform is about the size of a diving board with a tribe that could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle.
**A third (and very popular) option, which I have also used, is partial investment publishing. I hope to share more about this option in the future.
To my regular readers: As mentioned above, indie authors have to do it all. I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider helping me spread the word on To the Edge. To show my appreciation to you, I plan to provide you guys with a deep discount on hard copies when the book is first released. I’ll share that discount code on the blog. Thanks, friends, for your consideration on this matter!
Roland Allen’s influence greatly shaped 20th century missions and continues to influence the expansion of the Church. Though best known for writings such as Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? and The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, his thoughts were not always appreciated.
His adolescent grandson once asked to read his writings. Allen’s response was simple but troubling: “Oh, yes, you can read them by all means–but you won’t understand them; I don’t think anyone is going to understand them until I’ve been dead ten years” (Hubert J. B. Allen, Roland Allen: Pioneer, Priest, and Prophet).
While it was not hardly ten years, people began to heed Allen’s words shortly after his death. He was a misunderstood prophet in his day.
And here is something even more troubling:
Missionary Methods was published in 1912, 35 years before Allen’s death.
Spontaneous Expansion was published in 1927, 20 years before Allen’s death.
The Church had decades to listen to and engage this brother but gave him the time of day when his voice was no more.
Who do you need to listen to today while there is still time for engagement? Better today, than when it is too late and you find yourself saying, “I wish we could talk with him on this topic. It would be great to get his wisdom on this matter. If only we could go back ten years!”
Today is a bittersweet Sunday.
Bitter, because dear friends are leaving our church to move across country; sweet, because we commissioned them to go as part of a church planting team.
Bitter, because unreached people groups still exist; sweet, because they are going to share the good news with them.
Bitter, because so few evangelicals know that the United States is home to the third-largest number of unreached people groups in the world; sweet, because they said, “We see at least one of them in our backyard.”
Bitter, because few evangelicals are laboring to reach this large Arab Muslim population; sweet, because they said, “We’re willing to sacrifice, serve, and love them.”
Bitter, because evangelicals widely believe no ordinary, Spirit-called believers can be church planters without giving up their day jobs; sweet, because they are taking their marketplace skills and health care practice and relocating as church planters.
Bitter, because most evangelicals consider this team’s way of thinking about church planting in North America as the exception; sweet, because they read the Word and believe an apostolic approach should be the expectation.
The 20th century has been called the Age of Migration. Presently, 232 million people live outside of their countries-of-birth. They move for different reasons. Some are relocating for a better standard-of-living and education; others are fleeing persecution, war, disease, and famine.
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Enoch Wan, one of the leading global experts in the area of migration and missions. Several years ago Dr. Wan pioneered a new area of study in missiology that he labeled, “diaspora missiology.” And this burgeoning field is one of the most important areas of study today.
Enoch and I talk about the international movements of both Christians and non-Christians and how such movements have created a paradigm shift in Kingdom work. The lines are now blurred between domestic and international missions. Will churches, denominations, and mission agencies be wise stewards and adjust accordingly? Check out this exciting conversation and share it with others!
Be sure to visit EnochWan.com where you may find out more about Dr. Wan’s work and publications.