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Commercial fishing

Modern day fisherman on the Sea of Galilee While we were in Mongolia a few years back, I had a dream which over time has had a profound effect on my thinking.  In the dream I was handing a small group of people a book.  “It’s about how to be a commercial fisherman,”  I told… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom skills

Fast multiplication: principles behind an abundant harvest

No farmer would expect to reap a harvest of wheat in a field where he had not sown seed. Photo credit: CIMMYT (Creative Commons) Why do we believers expect to reap a harvest of souls where we haven’t sown spiritual seed? There are similar principles of multiplication behind both physical and spiritual reaping and sowing.… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom of God Missions

Twelve reasons why we saw extraordinary church multiplication

Photo credit: James Jordan (Creative Commons) What principles allow rapid multiplication on the mission field? Traditionally, follow up from an evangelistic meeting is done by taking people’s names and addresses and asking them to attend church or go through some materials. This is usually remarkably ineffective. In the context I described in the last post… Read More

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Church planting Missions

Can missional, simple/organic church multiply the harvest? A story

Photo credit: williamcho (Creative Commons) Simple/organic church is a great way to not only conserve the harvest, but also to multiply it. We have a friend who is an evangelist in countries that are hostile to the Gospel. We originally contacted him because we were interested in the large healing/evangelistic meetings that, amazingly, he is able… Read More

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Church planting

How big is your vision?

We often hear stories of the extraordinary things God is doing in other nations. “Why doesn’t this happen here in the West?” we ask ourselves. Part of the reason is that we don’t yet have the vision and passion that many in other nations do. We get distracted by so many things that we think… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

Time to harvest

After our early morning wake-up call, Tony and I started praying through the book of Haggai. The context of Haggai is that the first wave of Jews have returned from captivity in Babylon, but, apart from an initial spurt of activity in which the foundations of the temple were laid, nothing more has been done… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

Becoming missional by moving into the harvest

In Matthew 5, Jesus says this (verses 14-16): “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way,… Read More