Discipleship


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All evangelism is important but all evangelism is not equal. There is a difference between a church having an evangelistic invitation (e.g., altar call) during a worship gathering and a church sending members to share the gospel with unreached people groups. Yet, most people would say both of these churches […]

All Evangelism is not Equal



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It was wonderful to be at the Reaching the Nations Summit this past weekend. It was a blessing to meet some new people and reconnect with old friends. If you were not there, I hope you took advantage of the livestream link I shared on social media. As promised to […]

348 Unengaged-Unreached People Groups in North America



The Moravian Church has been described as “one of the most remarkable missionary churches in Christian history” (Ruth Tucker, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya). In a day and time when few people were thinking about missionary activities, the Moravians were going to the most remote places on the globe and […]

Characteristics of Early Moravian Missionary Activities


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The Church at Brook Hills, by God’s grace, sends about 40 short-term teams to 10 countries every year. In this episode, my guest is Fox, Director of Short-Term Missions with our church. Some of the questions we address include: What is The Church at Brook Hills doing when it comes […]

Developing a Long-Term Approach for Short-Term Missions


Language is powerful. Language communicates meaning. Language delivers theology. Language is supported by theology and language shapes theology. What we say means something–something more than just words. If I write the word “church,” you immediately have something in mind. This something may be a group of people, the called-out ones. […]

Time to Do Away with Missions?



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Pastors, one of the ways we can better shepherd our people to the field is giving attention to their passions, interests, skills, vocations AND asking where such factors overlap with the desires of the world. Unfortunately, we often tell them to go, put them in connection with a mission agency, […]

A Way to the Heart is through the Stomach


Who pastors missionaries? Who provides care for those sent from local churches? We think about member care when it comes to the members we see every week, but often forget about those making disciples and planting churches across North America and throughout the world. Pastors, member care does not end […]

Bob F. on Caring for Missionaries


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In the previous post, “Three Things to Keep in Mind when Equipping Planters for Movements,” I addressed beginning with the end in mind and planned role changes (see the two diagrams). In this post, I want you to see how we seek to involve training teams in view of the […]

10 Parts of the Church Multiplication Cycle



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This post is the seventh in the series of how The Church at Brook Hills is sending church planters to the North American context. In case you missed them, here are the previous posts: Our Process for Sending Teams Pathway to the Field 19 Points to Ponder for Potential Church […]

Three Things to Keep in Mind when Equipping Planters for ...


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After we receive the Informed Consent, Church Planter’s Profile, and Background Check (see previous post for more information), we provide three additional formal assessment tools. Small Group Leader’s Assessment. We ask the potential planter’s small group leader to provide an assessment (for both husband and wife if applicable). The majority of this […]

3 More Tools for Assessing Church Planters


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As mentioned, the Assessment and Equipping Steps are interdependent. We move our members through these steps simultaneously. For the ease of explanation, I will address our Assessment Step before sharing the elements of our Equipping Step. After members agree they need to move beyond the Points to Ponder, we provide […]

Three Tools to Begin Your Church Planter Assessment