Four Factors for Leadership Development in Local Churches

Leaders are like vegetables, the homegrown variety are almost always better. That may sound simplistic, and in a lot of ways it probably is. But this is a point where the Bible is clear. A large part of the church's mission in fulfilling the Great Commission is raising up leaders in ministry and mission. The…

Church, Stop Measuring Yourself by Past Success

You think back to that time often. Maybe it was a decade ago, maybe a generation ago, or maybe it was just a few years ago. It was an exciting time in the life of your church. The sanctuary was full on a Sunday morning, children were running around before the service. The choir sounded…

How to Create a Sending Culture in Your Church.

I was recently talking to a student deploying to the field for missionary service, and she informed me she was the only person to ever serve as a missionary from her Baptist association back at home. Now, she's from the South where there are many churches in even the rural associations. In fact, there are…

Christian: Going to Church is Important, Your Understanding of the Bible Depends on It

I recently picked up a book by the late, great missiologist Lesslie Newbigin, entitled Truth and Authority in Modernity. In the work, he tries to untangle the often confusing conversation concerning the issues of authority in worldview. I do not plan to unpack that argument here, but I did run across one particularly profound statement…

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…