Agencies


The development of a team covenant and memorandum of understanding (MOU) is one of the most important parts of field preparation. This is also one of the most overlooked components of training. Teams should develop this document before developing their strategy. Conflict will happen (e.g., Acts 15:36-41, Gal 2:11-14). While […]

Don’t Leave Home without It: Church Planting Team Covenant and ...


Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! Before you take off on that long road trip to grandma’s house for the holiday, I want to share some recent resources that may be helpful during the drive. Season two of Strike the Match ended recently. There are now 43 podcast episodes for […]

Some Listening Pleasures for Your Trip to Grandma’s


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The North Carolina Baptist Convention is one of a handful of SBC groups (hopefully this number will grow) working hard to educate and mobilize others to reach unengaged and unreached peoples in North America. A few months ago I was contacted by some brothers from North Carolina about setting portions […]

Videos 4 U – Unreached Peoples, Least Reached Places



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“Have turned the world upside down. . . ” (Acts 17:6) You do not turn the world upside down with complexity. Jerusalem was turned upside down by “ordinary, unschooled men. . .” (Acts 4:13) You do not turn the world upside down with complexity. Paul, the seminary-trained missionary, kept it […]

Seduction of Complex Missions


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There is a great omission in theological education: a seminary-wide approach to train pastors to develop an apostolic imagination. While there are exceptions, very few schools have this as a core value. Yes, pastors are called to pastoral ministry. However, the apostolic mindset is necessary to assist with proper thoughts […]

A Great Commission Omission in Theological Education


In case you missed it: The Reaching the Nations in North America Conference took place several days ago. HERE is Seth Brown’s article at Baptist Press. Thank you, Seth; and thank you BP for posting this. This was an important moment in the life of my denomination. The event was […]

ICYMI: Reaching the Nations Videos



Good research and healthy mission strategy should go hand-in-hand. How can we be wise stewards with Kingdom resources in view of 7 billion people in the world? Jim Haney is my guest in this episode. Jim is the Director of Global Research with the International Mission Board. He is also […]

Jim Haney on Good Research and Healthy Strategy


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The most critical issue in church planting work today is an ecclesiological issue. Theology affects field practices. A team’s understanding of biblical ecclesiology shapes everything accomplished in the present and for years to come. Across the world, many church planting teams, partnering churches, and mission agencies are attempting to plant […]

Plant the Church that Is, not the Church to Come


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I have been thinking about the contents of this post for several months. With all of the needs in the world, where should we begin our disciplemaking activities? Asking and responding to this question is a matter of Spirit-guided, Kingdom stewardship. Over the years, evangelicals have considered this question and […]

Only 400 People Groups to Go?



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What would happen if a mission agency started advertising their mission statement as: to plant churches among the world’s most reached people groups? Would you lead your church to other countries to pour the overwhelming majority of your evangelistic efforts into serving reached people groups, knowing 6800 unreached people groups […]

Reaching the World’s Most Reached People Groups


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The language of the Church exists in two locations: 1) within the established contexts; and 2) within the pioneer fields. One is the language of age-related maturity, structure, great organization, highly educated leadership, and comes with time. The other is the language of new believers who recently self-identified as a […]

When Speaking of Ecclesiology…Remember the Context


Kingdom stewardship is not only related to the use of finances. It is related to everything we have received from the King (e.g., time, passions, gifts, opportunities, power, wealth). Will we bury what has been provided, or will we put it to use in a manner reflective of Kingdom wisdom? […]

Strategic Stewardship and Missions in the West