Identifying to Send: Examine These Three Areas of a Person’s Life

In our current season of ministry, it would be tempting to remove our focus from the core missionary task of sending laborers into the harvest. It should go without saying, during a time of social distancing the means through which we fulfill the Great Commission and the proclamation of the gospel with those yet to…

New findings about declining (and growing) churches

If you follow Thom Rainer's blog, you have most likely seen this. If not, get ready to dig in to some important information on local churches in North America. For the last couple of weeks, Rainer's blog has been dropping the findings from a recent Lifeway Research study into the growth and decline of North…

The Church was Saved by Refugees

Had it not been for refugees, the Christian faith would have died in Jerusalem. At least, that is the argument made by Andrew Walls in his classic work, Missionary Movement in Christian History. Walls makes some excellent observations about the unique nature of Christianity, and one of those is its inherent translatability across cultural lines. Unlike…

One resource your church may be overlooking

Tips, tools, books, and conferences are the craze in church circles these days. You are, in fact, reading a resource website right now. My work here is no exception. Today, though, I want to step away from simple content creation and make a suggestion. There is a resource right in front of your church, one…

In the News: In Houston’s Katy suburb, a Venezuelan population thrives

They call it "Katy-zuela." According to a recent article by Sebastian Herrera in the Houston Chronicle, half of the 11,000 Venezuelan homes in the Houston area are in Katy, a western suburb. Now there are several points of importance in that one statistic. First, let us start with the simple fact that the Chronicle finds…

What is an “ethnic enclave,” and why should I care?

You may have never heard the term "ethnic enclave," but if you are interested in the Great Commission, then it is one you need to know. I come across it all the time in my research, so I decided it would be good to provide quick crash course in ethnic enclaves. An ethnic enclave, simply…

Fixing Our Eyes on the End Affects the Way We Live Now

Eschatology weirds a lot of Christians out, nowadays. For the uninitiated, eschatology is the study of last things. In other words, it is the theology about how the world will end, or what happens when Christ comes back. It is a subject that historically fascinates people. There is a long history of people predicting when…

“All Nations” Includes Our Own: An Election Season Reminder

The Great Commission is to "all nations." Usually in missions speak, this phrase refers to ethnolinguistic people groups. These groups go by a lot of names: tribes, nations, peoples, etc. And surely, there are no tribes, no people groups, no population segments that the church can leave out of this disciple-making mission. Some people groups…