Danny Akin Issues Challenge to Reach the Peoples Next Door

If you were at the summit in Nashville last week, then you have already seen this video. For the rest of you, Dr. Akin takes two minutes to explain the Peoples Next Door project at Southeastern and issue a challenge to churches, association, conventions, and others to get involved in the reaching the nations here…

Peoples Next Door at the Southern Baptist Convention

Will you be in St. Louis next week for the Southern Baptist Convention? I will, and if you are interested in discovering and engaging people groups in your community, then we should talk. I will be attending the convention representing Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and, in specific, the Peoples Next Door project. Over the course…

Peoples Next Door Just Got a Facelift!

This has been a long time coming, but today I get to announce an all new look and functionality for the Peoples Next Door website! Over the past few months, we’ve been dreaming up some new functionality for the site and our goal was to have the site ready for the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention.…

Peoples Next Door Video: “What are you going to do about it?”

Is your church thinking through how to reach the international people who live around you? Are you trying to cast a vision for this process? If so, this short video may be helpful. In our efforts to equip local churches for people group discovery and engagement in their neighborhoods, we will be producing resources in the…

A Mile in Their Shoes: Peoples Next Door team leader in a local church

The next interview in our series is a team leader for people group engagement in a local church. Marie works in a local church in the Raleigh area, mobilizing others to reach the West African Muslims that live around the church. Marie is not church staff. She is a regular church member who is catalyzing…

Peoples Next Door: Little Kurdistan

The following post was written back in August of 2012, in the beginning stages of the Peoples Next Door project.  It is called Little Kurdistan. Not a fifteen minute drive from honky tonk bars and the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest population of Kurdish peoples in North America goes about their daily lives.…

Introducing: The Peoples Next Door blog

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” At least, that’s what people say. For the last couple of years, Southeastern Seminary has worked on our Peoples Next Door project. Peoples Next Door exists to help train and equip local churches to discover and engage the unreached people groups in their communities. We do this by providing…

The Peoples Next Door: FAQ

  I don’t know anything about fill-in-the-blank culture! Can I even do this without some level of cultural expertise? This is perhaps the most frequent question concerning ELCP. Without stepping onto a soapbox, this attitude is the unfortunate byproduct of the professionalization of ministry. We have falsely decided that gospel proclamation requires someone with a…

Peoples Next Door: Suburban Explosion

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve read about the wave of international peoples into the United States. As we examine our research, some trends are inevitably shaping up, and this week the Brookings Institute released a fascinating report that corroborates what we have found. In short, this massive influx of internationals is settling not only in…