Strategy


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 ...


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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


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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



Amazon and Kindle have crazy-amazing deals on three of my books this week. If I recall correctly, this is the lowest I have seen these prices. The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members is at $5.50 for paperback and $0.99 for Kindle. Few resources exist for […]

Crazy Book Deals for Black Friday Week


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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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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


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During this time of the year, I like to remind readers of six excellent opportunities to connect with our neighbors and share the good news. Here is a post I wrote sometime ago. I hope it provides you with a plan for the next several months. Happy partying! Christian holidays […]

6 Opportunities to Party for the Kingdom in Your Neighborhood


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


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The influence of Roland Allen on missionary activity continues today. Valued by pastors, missiologists, missionaries, and New Testament scholars, Allen’s writings are constant calls for the Church to return to the New Testament for guidance with apostolic endeavors. In this two-part episode, Roland Allen scholar, Dr. Steven Rutt is my […]

Roland Allen-Life and Journey, Part 1


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Missiologists and mission agencies operate from two unreached people group lists: 1) global unreached people groups; and 2) global unengaged-unreached people groups. The global unreached people group list receives a high strategic priority when it comes to global disciple making. The global unengaged-unreached people group list receives an even higher […]

Needed: The Most Urgent Unreached List