Theology


Black Friday week starts today–at least with the sales. Book sales are no exception. If these Payne books are not in your library, then I want to encourage you to add them. For this week, the following ebooks are on sale: Roland Allen’s The Ministry of Expansion: The Priesthood of […]

Black Friday Week Payne Book Sale


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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




Roland Allen (d. 1947), best known for Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? and The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, was one of the most influential mission thinkers of the twentieth century. As a High Church Anglican, he had great respect and value for Church tradition but was quick to confront cultural preferences […]

New Missions Book: Roland Allen’s The Ministry of Expansion



Roland Allen’s The Ministry of Expansion: The Priesthood of the Laity is to be released by William Carey Library on September 15. It will be at the Evangelical Missiological Society’s meeting in Dallas that day. If you are attending the event, stop by the book table and be one of the […]

When Traditions are Unable to Keep Up with the Spirit



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


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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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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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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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