Keeping Evangelism and Discipleship together

During my college years I was involved in a coffee house ministry that reached out to street people in Worcester, Massachusetts. Many who dropped in were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. One of the evangelists said to me that if he could just get someone to say the sinner's prayer (even if they …

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Insider Movements: Understanding the Issues

"Over the past fifteen years missiologists have produced a massive amount of literature related to the contextualization debate surrounding the proposals of Insider Movement proponents." So begins J. Henry Wolfe in his article, "The Development of the Insider Movement Paradigm" (published July 2015, http://www.GlobalMissiology.org). I have tried to digest a good portion of that material …

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What do you mean by the word “mission”?

Today the term 'mission' is in search of definition. It has become quite fluid and vague. In 2016, Jay Matenga and Malcom Gold wrote: We are in a state of missional (mission-related) anomie in which the forms and structures of the past are in a state of flux and a cohesive and accepted new way …

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Multiplying Disciples: Reflections on the “how” from 2 Timothy

While crafting our new vision statement at SEND North Council's retreat in November, 2 Timothy 2:2 frequently came up in the discussion. In writing to Timothy, Paul gives a pattern of making disciples who in turn make other disciples. and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful …

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Lessons to be Learned from the Church in Asia – Part 3 (Tan-Chi’s "Church Growth Paradigm Shifts")

In my last blog post, I introduced you to Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF), a church in the Philippines that has grown over a period of 30 years from a small group Bible study of three couples to a church of more than 60,000 believers in over 50 satellites in the Philippines and beyond. I recently …

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Lessons to be Learned from the Church in Asia – Part 2 (Christ’s Commission Fellowship)

Intentional Disciple-making - A “Success” Story In my last blog post, I shared about the recently held "Global Discipleship Congress" in Manila. This congress was held at the main church of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF). My husband and I have the privilege of being on the leadership team of one of CCF's satellite churches . …

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Lessons to be Learned from the Church in Asia – Part 1 (2016 Global Discipleship Congress)

A few weeks ago I had the amazing privilege of joining together with 6000+ believers (mostly Asians) at the Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) in Manila, Philippines. It was a transformational experience as God used several Spirit-filled Asian leaders to challenge us to intentionally live a life of making disciples -- to live out our faith …

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