Leadership


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


In this post, I return to the series on how The Church at Brook Hills is sending and training church planting teams. If you have missed any of the posts in this series, check out the links below: Our Process for Sending Teams Pathway to the Field 19 Points to […]

Training Teams according to the Church Multiplication Cycle


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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


I frequently receive requests to help others process through an apostolic approach to church planting among unreached people groups in North America. Today, I want to take the initiative and extend an invitation to mission agencies. There are nearly 1,000 US and Canadian mission agencies that call North America home. […]

An Opportunity for Your Mission Agency?


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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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This is the third post in my series on how The Church at Brook Hills is preparing and sending church planting teams to North America. I encourage you to read the previous two posts. They likely will answer questions that may come from reading this post. As promised in my […]

19 Points to Ponder for Potential Church Planters


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This is the second post in this series on how The Church at Brook Hills is sending church planting teams to the North American context. See my previous post for the necessary background information. It is important to understand the big picture–what we call the Pathway to the Field. Churches […]

Pathway to the Field



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I recently posted a photo on my Instagram account noting I was in the process of revising our church’s approach to assessing and equipping U.S. church planting teams. Several of you wrote and asked for a copy of what The Church at Brook Hills has been doing over the past […]

Our Process for Sending Church Planting Teams


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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 ...


Lord willing, next Monday, I will be speaking at the Business as Mission Conference hosted by Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham. My assigned topic is “Careers for the Kingdom,” and I am supposed to keep pastors in mind as my primary audience members. If you would like a glimpse into […]

Shepherd Your People to the Marketplace: Soft Skills Needed