Steve Addison on Pioneering Movements

written by JD

Strike the MatchDisciple making and church planting movements are popular topics in many conversations today. In this episode, Steve Addison is my guest. Our conversation is about his next book, Pioneering Movements: Leadership that Multiplies Disciples and Churches, which releases December 2015 with InterVarsity Press.

In our conversation, Steve answers questions such as: Why write this book? What are the characteristics of leaders involved in multiplying disciples and churches? Why is the West not experiencing movements like those observed in the Majority World? What is happening in the West related to such movements?

Steve and his wife co-lead MOVE, an Australian-based mission agency. He is also the author of Movements that Change the World and What Jesus StartedYou may find Steve on-line @movementsnet and at movements.net.


Free Church Planting Webinar

written by JD

This coming Tuesday (October 13, 2:30-3:30 EST), EthneCITY is hosting a free webinar titled, “Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers.” I will be speaking with Terry Sharp (and the world-wide audience tuning in, which hopefully includes you too) about this topic. Much of what I will be sharing is in my forthcoming book Apostolic Church Planting (to be released next month with InterVarsity Press).

The event is free, but you will need to register. You may also find additional details about the webinar on the registration page. If you think this event will benefit others in your circles of influence, please share it with them.

Hope to connect with you next Tuesday!


Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief, was my guest on last week’s episode of Strike the Match. Check out our conversation about the refugee crisis in Europe and how churches may respond. iTunes | Android | RSS


EMS Call for Papers

written by JD

I have been a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society for many years. And if you are not a member, now is a great time to join. Pastors, this is especially true for you. As a pastor, I find EMS to be a very valuable asset to my ministry and a network through which I can serve others.

The 2016 theme for our regional and national meetings is “Mission(s) and the Local Church.” I am very excited about this year’s topic. Find your region and contact that Vice President to join. If you are interested in presenting a paper at one of next year’s meetings, a call for papers has already been posted in several regions (with the others to follow soon).

If you are interested in knowing more about the organization, check out our site’s About page.


My next book, Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers, is scheduled to be released next month. Read what others are saying about it and pre-order at Amazon.


Blessings for the Peoples

written by JD

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on the earth, your salving power among all nations” (Psalm 67:1-2, ESV).

It is one thing to be a people with few material blessings and doing what you can that the nations may sing the Lord’s praise.

But what if you are a people with many material blessings and doing very little that the nations may sing the Lord’s praise?

What will it be like when the master comes to settle accounts with such a people (Matt 25:19)?


Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief, was my guest on last week’s episode of Strike the Match. Check out our conversation about the refugee crisis in Europe and how churches may respond.


Outline for Your Migration Sermon

written by JD

The Bible is filled with passages related to the movement of peoples. Even before the Fall, God commanded Adam and Eve to multiply and “fill the earth.” Migration is not a post-Fall matter that started with the exodus from the Garden. Both Testaments contain many excellent texts on this topic.

When I speak on the migration of unreached peoples, I often preach from Acts 17:26-27. In this passage, we find significant truths about God’s sovereignty, His mission, and the movement of the peoples.

As you preach this passage, please make certain to teach your people the main point of Paul’s sermon and why Luke recorded it. While there is much rich theology in these two verses, the purpose of the larger pericope (i.e., sermon at Mars Hill) is not to teach about migration but to call the Athenians to repentance and faith in Jesus.

So, if you want a simple outline for this Sunday’s sermon, here you go:

God is the Divine Maestro orchestrating the movement of the nations:

I. God is Sovereign Over People’s Lives (v. 26)

II. God is Sovereign Over People’s Histories (v. 26, “allotted periods”)

III. God is Sovereign Over People’s Habitations (v. 26, “boundaries” of dwelling)

His orchestration of the movements of the peoples is so “they should seek God” and “find Him” (v. 27).

Application question for your context: If such is true about God and the movement of the nations, then how should we live when He moves the world’s unreached (and sometimes unengaged-unreached) peoples into our community?

Now, go and equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-12).


Only two episodes remain in the first season of Strike the Match. Check out last week’s conversation with World Relief’s president and CEO, Stephan Bauman. iTunes | Android | RSS


Stephan Bauman with World Relief

written by JD

Strike the MatchThe twentieth century has been called the Age of the Refugee. And today, we continue to hear of the flight of the peoples of the world. At the time of this recording, the refugee crisis continues to grow in Europe. The United States is planning to increase her cap on the number of refugees allowed into her borders.

Stephan Bauman is my guest on this episode. Stephan is the president and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves 5 million people each year through 100,000 church-based volunteers.

Check out our conversation on the refugee crisis today and World Relief’s global efforts to partner with churches and church planters. You may find out more information about Stephan on the World Relief site, Twitter, or his personal site.

Here are a couple of the web sites referenced in the conversation: worldrelief.org and wewelcomerefugees.com


Podcast Day

written by JD

There is now a day for anything you can imagine: pet day, gardening day, chocolate day, pirate day, doughnut day, coffee day. And since there are only 365.25 days in a year, it is common to find multiple recognitions on any given day.

So, this morning I was on Twitter and noticed it was International Podcast Day. And since Twitter knows best and somehow only the important things in the world trend on Twitter, I knew this was something legit.

In all seriousness, given the fact that many people are talking about podcasts, I thought I would take a moment to share my podcasting experience.

The first season of Strike the Match ends in about two weeks, three episodes remain (#30, #31, #32). I launched this resource in March and have been very pleased with the feedback I’ve received. While most of my listeners are from the U. S., listeners from India, U.K., Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, and Malaysia round out the top nine locations.

Podcasting is a great way to extend your ministry to others. A simple Google search on the “how-tos” will reveal several excellent articles. Some people invest large amounts of money into podcasting, but it does not have to be expensive and complicated to be good.  When I was podcasting from 2006-2010, I used a $15 microphone, Audacity (free recording/mixing software), and the annual charge for my host site and domain name. I now use a Blue Yeti microphone ($100 when I bought it), Garage Band (free), Blubrry Hosting site (different rates), and this WordPress site. I see these costs as an investment in the Kingdom.

You can put an enormous amount of time into a single episode, but such is not necessary. If you are busy, keep it simple; it is a more reproducible model.

I do all of my recording, editing, mixing, and posting. I can usually do this in about 2-3 hours. I want my episodes to be raw, conversational, and not well polished. I do very little editing.  What you hear is what I usually hear when recording. When you are a one-man-band, simple is key. Complexity? Slick? Ain’t nobody got time for that! If someone can do the work for you, then go for it.

I want to encourage you to ask if the Lord would have you to begin a podcast. Give it some prayer and thought. Do some on-line searching and reading. Listen to a variety of examples to get a vision of the possible.

And of course, if you have not subscribed to Strike the Match, please do so and tell others! iTunes | Android | RSS


New Numbers on Canada

written by JD

The Canadian government has an excellent grasp on the country’s demographics. Today, Statistics Canada released the latest estimates on age and sex (HT: Mel Cruikshank). If you are concerned about North American missions, then you need to be a regular visitor to the Statistics Canada website.

Here are some of the highlights from the report today:

  • population: 35,851,774
  • median age: 40.5 years
  • portion of population 0-14 years: 16%
  • portion of population 65 years and older: 16.1%
  • first time population 65 years and older has exceeded population 0-14 years
  • immigrant growth in past year: 239,800
  • 60.8% of population growth came from immigration
  • population growth rate highest among G7 countries
  • highest population growth rates in Nunavut and Western Canada
  • population declined in Newfoundland/Labrador and New Brunswick
  • population is concentrated in four provinces
  • population is older in the Atlantic provinces


Dr. Travis Kerns was my latest guest on Strike the Match. Our conversation addressed Mormonism Today. Listen here: iTunes | Android | RSS


New Study on US Immigration

written by JD

Pew Research released an extensive report today on US immigration. The foreign-born percentage is near a record high. There are many important findings in this study.

If you do not have time to read everything at once, then look over the chapters that immediately appeal to you and come back later. And rather than keeping you here with a lengthy blog post, I’ll direct your time and attention to the report.


Only three episodes left in this season of Strike the Match. This week my guest will be Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief. Be sure to subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS



A Question We Need to Ask about the Unengaged

written by JD

I have been thinking about the relationship between eschatology, history, and unreached people groups. And I want to share a thought with you–one that I’m not hearing elsewhere (However, I’m sure someone out there has been thinking this as well.).

We know that representatives of all peoples will be around the throne (Rev 7:9-10). However, today’s estimate is that 3100 people groups in the world are unengaged and unreached. While it is obviously right and good to engage these peoples, I want to ask an important first question:

Are we able to identify which–if any–of these 3100 people groups have had disciples among them over the last 2000 years?

If the historical materials exist, and we identify such believers, then I would suggest that priority be given to those unengaged-unreached people groups known to have never had Christ followers.

We wrongly make the assumption that if a people received the gospel years ago, then there should be some known believers and churches around in 2015. Such is not always the case. Just because the gospel and churches existed yesteryear is no guarantee that a future generation from that people will be walking with the Lord.

The world is a big place with 7 billion people. We have limited resources and must be faithful Kingdom citizens with what is entrusted to our care (which includes historical records). As we look at the contemporary numbers on lostness, let’s also look at the historic records. Unless the Spirit leads in a different direction, God may provide strategic clarity through our findings.  If we discover that representatives from an unreached people group came into the Kingdom 800 years ago, then such knowledge may help us serve as better stewards in 2015.

While I recognize there are many challenges to such research, we must start somewhere. Eschatology shapes missiology and guides strategy. As we look at the 3100 groups, we should ask if the Spirit did any regenerative work among them over the last 2000 years.

My guess is that the number of groups we should give priority to is much less than 3100.


Last week, Travis Kerns was my guest on Strike the Match. Listen to our conversation on Mormonism Today.  iTunes | Android | RSS

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