Leadership


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


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



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I grew up in Appalachia.  Southeastern Kentucky.  Corbin, home to Knox, Whitley, and Laurel counties. Home of the first KFC. It was a blessing to come from an area where, among churches, there was a love for Jesus, passion for evangelism, and high view of the Word of God. Throughout […]

Preaching and the Missing Mission of God


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Spurgeon rightly warned his students, “Brethren, if you are not theologians you are in your pastorates just nothing at all” (Lectures to My Students, 74). Well said, brother. Well said. While I completely agree, I am compelled to revise these timeless words to include: “Brethren, if you are not theologians […]

The Theological Skew in the Pulpit


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It is that time of the year again. I am about to sign off of the blog for about a month. What is going on with the Payne tribe during this time? Family festivities. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day worship gatherings. I am also scheduled to teach […]

Changing Perspective for God’s Glory



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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Last week, Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission turned four years old. And while I have been speaking on the topic of this book for a few years, requests have increased in 2016. The hearts of the saints are moving concerning this topic. The rapidly growing area of missiology […]

When the Field is Redefined



I recently had the honor of speaking at the CORE Conference hosted by the Missouri Baptist Convention. This took place during their annual meeting. It was a great blessing to be with these brothers and sisters who have a heart for the gospel and the multiplication of disciples, leaders, and […]

Church Multiplication in the Post-Christianized West


Two of the most influential missiological books of the twentieth century were Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? and The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, both written by Roland Allen. Even today, Allen’s missiology greatly influences missionary activities. In this episode, Steven Rutt and I continue our two-part conversation about Roland Allen. What were […]

Roland Allen-Missiology, Part 2


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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