The One-Down Position: Going in Needy

It is hard to be humble. It is even harder to be needy. And yet, sometimes that is exactly what we need to be... needy. God, in his providence, allows me to be around a lot of church leaders and potential church planters. Multiple times every month, I find myself at training events, breakfasts, equipping…

Urban Mission: What’s a Suburban Church to Do?

Wednesday, I shared a post I wrote a while back that sums up urban missions in one sentence. Nowadays, urban ministry and mission is an increasingly important topic. In fact, ministry "for the city" is becoming a buzzword in Christian conversations. Just like we know we need to care about the lost in Africa, we…

Ministry Spotlight: One Example of Effective Urban Ministry

We talk a lot of theory on this website about how to engage different population groups and cultures in your community. Today, I want to provide a practical example of a real-life church-based ministry implementing a lot of what we talk about. I will leave it unnamed in this article, but it is an actual…

Church Planting: Focus on the Forest Instead of the Trees

All analogies break down, so bear with me here. But I want to share this one with you, because I think it does a good job of answering why your area (and mine) needs new churches. A church is, in some ways, like a tree. Churches have a life cycle. All churches have a life…

Eric Mason Delivers an Excellent Word on Diversity

Eric Mason - Seeing Through the Lens of the End - Revelation 7:9-14 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo. I love our chapel services at Southeastern. Every semester, we have the opportunity to hear from some of the most gifted expositors in the country, and this past week was no exception. In fact, it is too…

Urban Missions Summed Up in One Sentence

Of course it is an over-simplification, but sometimes those are helpful. Here it goes: Good urban ministry must be churches in the city, made up of residents of the city, proclaiming the gospel to the city, for the glory of God. The above statement sounds simple enough, but it has a lot packed into it.…