Missions and the Church

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Don’t Just Be a Sending Church, Be a Staying Church

My wife and I dropped our first child off at college this past August. There’s nothing easy about saying goodbye to a kid you watched being born, taught to read and ride a bike, evangelized and discipled. She slept under…

Local Church Partnership on the Field

“You can’t commend what you don’t cherish.” Missionaries, John Piper writes, will never call the nations to worship if they’re not personally engaged in heartfelt worship. [1]  I want to apply this principle to the missionary and the local church….

Who’s Most Qualified to Identify and Prepare Missionaries? Your Local Church.

One of the great privileges we have at Reaching & Teaching is partnering with faithful churches who desire to send people overseas to make mature disciples, establish healthy churches, and train local leaders. Frankly, we wouldn’t send missionaries who weren’t…

Serving the Nations by Loving Your Local Church

I grew up on the East Coast and spent many summers enjoying the beach. The beach patrol utilized a set of colored flags to indicate how safe it was to swim in the ocean on a given day. When the…

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…

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…

5 Ways to Pray for Churches Around the World

“Try this approach, O believer, whenever you are sad of heart and in heaviness of spirit: Forget yourself and your little concerns, and seek the welfare and prosperity of Zion. When you kneel in prayer to God, limit not your…

Pilgrims in a Pandemic

Sometimes it takes a worldwide pandemic to remind us who we truly are. Was it really just last month that we could shop without worrying about empty shelves? Was it really only a few weeks ago that our retirement seemed…

Jesus, the Missionary: Part 3

Today, we’re sharing Part 3 of a series on our blog called Jesus, the Missionary. (Click here for the Introduction, here for Part 1, and here for Part 2.) We are posting one more lesson we can learn from Jesus’…

Jesus, the Missionary: Part 2

Today, we’re sharing Part 2 of a series on our blog called Jesus, the Missionary. (Click here for the Introduction and here for Part 1.) Today, we’re sharing the two more key lessons we can learn from Jesus’ example.  Jesus…

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