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Training Local Leaders

Training local church leaders is not an optional component of a missions strategy. It is a vital element that cannot be ignored. Simply put, missionaries who neglect to spend significant time developing local church leaders are adopting a short-sighted vision…

Why Planting Local Churches is Critical to a Faithful Missions Strategy

A few days ago a friend of a friend emailed me, wondering if I had any advice for him about applying to a certain church internship. Specifically, he wanted to know if that internship would be beneficial for him as…

Establishing Healthy Churches

The Great Commission doesn’t explicitly call us to plant churches. In fact, none of the Great Commission passages in the Gospels and Acts mention the church. The specific command that Jesus gives is to proclaim the gospel (Luke 24:46-48) and…

Sending Mature Missionaries to Make Mature Disciples

One of my earliest experiences as an overseas missionary was being yelled at by a colleague because I stowed a bicycle in a different spot than he had imagined. Bewildered and confused I knew that night that the Lord had…

Making Mature Disciples

He said, “I am beginning to realize that evangelism is not enough, they need to be discipled,” as he sat there connecting the dots in his head. Let me explain what happened.  Last year, I gave a talk to a…

Three Vital Tasks

One of the blessings of working on a new website and rebranding project is the ability to take a breath, step back, and reflect on who we are as an organization. Over the last six months, as we’ve worked on…

The Quiet Powerhouse of Christian Hospitality

Note: This article is being published in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, hospitality temporarily may look different, and we encourage everyone to follow safe social-distancing guidelines. We hope and pray that the Church will creatively…

The Needs in Japan

Japan is a beautiful country known for its breathtaking scenery, cutting-edge technological developments, and its unparalleled dedication to doing all things with flawless execution. The food is as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing. The people are beautiful, intelligent, kind,…

Needs of Southeast Asia

Written by a Reaching & Teaching missionary preparing to deploy to Southeast Asia My friend, Alex*, picked us up from the airport hotel in Jakarta in one of those small, grey compact “vans” that are all too common in Asia….

Fellow Workers in Christ: Your Role in Christ’s Work

Most of the New Testament Letters include greetings at their closing. Colossians includes ten personal names in its conclusion (six in the greetings), but it stands a distant second to the thirty-four names referenced in the greetings that conclude Romans….

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