The Word Christian Means More Than We Think

Good church leaders long for the participation of their congregation. Yesterday on the Intersect blog at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a good friend of mine posted an article that gets right to the heart of this dilemma. Greg Mathias is the associate director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, and he writes…

Church Planter: Don’t lose your integrity in fundraising.

I hope I can talk about this without sounding like I have an axe to grind. Fortunately, our organization is in the coaching business, not the funding business, when it comes to church plants. In my previous position, I worked at a seminary. Again, we did a lot to train church planters, but seminaries do…

Two Reasons You Should be a Missionary

  A few days ago, I described three things that should keep you from going to the mission field right now. They were all character issues, and frankly they are very important. The damage that can be done to the missionary and family, the team they are going to work with, and the work itself…

Three Reasons You Should Not be a Missionary… At Least Not Yet

Over the last several years of my life, I have had the privilege to meet many missionaries, both on the field and headed to the field. When I was a missionary, I trained with a large group of people who all felt called to go live overseas. As a pastor now, our church is blessed…

How to be a Missionary Without Being a “Missionary”

A Hindu temple just outside of Raleigh, NC.  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 when I share about reaching international peoples in America. Without stepping on a soapbox, this attitude is the unfortunate byproduct of the…