Four Questions to Guide Creating a Global Missions Partnership

In my last article, I covered several important benefits for a local church entering into a global missions partnership with a missionary team overseas. Feel free to start there if you'd like. To be honest, when I first arrived in Houston, I quickly became convinced many of the churches in Houston cared little about international…

Five Local Church Benefits from Creating a Global Missions Partnership

Sending global missionaries is one of my favorite topics of conversation with pastors and church leaders. Having been an international missionary myself, it always does my heart good when a pastor or church leader starts asking questions about how to get engaged in the Great Commission overseas. In fact, I've been surprised in recent months…

Parents, Let’s Raise up Missionaries

It's funny how much being a parent changes your perspective on things. Everyone tells you it will, and you believe them. Then it happens, and you are still amazed at the difference it makes. In recent weeks, I've stumbled across a simple book by Don Whitney called Family Worship. While the concept is not new…

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…

Common Questions about ESL and Church Planting

This week, I received an email I wanted to share concerning ESL ministries in local churches. The email was in response to an article I wrote a while back entitled Turn Your ESL Ministry into a Church Planting Machine. For their part, a local church here in Texas is working hard to come up with…

In the News: “These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census”

The Brookings Institute recently ran an article titled, "These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census," in which they parse out some of the significant consequences of a recent ruling concerning the upcoming 2020 US census. The issue has been all over the news recently, but for those of us…

Three Misunderstandings about the Church that Muddle the Mission

Growing up, I was at church almost every time the doors were open: Sunday morning, most Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and special events. Unless I was sick, my parents rarely let me miss church. For the most part, I actually wanted to be at church every time I was there. But, there were some Sundays…

In the News: The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim

I try to keep my eyes on new research concerning the foreign born population in the United States, and Pew Research dropped a new report this week that deserves some attention. This report is not expressly about foreign-born populations. Instead it deals with U.S. adherents to Islam. In other words, this research is about all…

Pastor, Develop a Fresh Missions Vision for the Year

This post originally ran at IMB.org on January 10, 2018. You can find the original post here. The beginning of a new year is an important time on the church calendar. If your church is like mine, as the years pass, well-meaning initiatives turn into traditions. Before you know it, you’ve spread yourself too thin.…