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How are simple/organic churches financing mission?

Our friend, Steve Lyzenga¬†did his doctoral dissertation on releasing resources (both financial and personnel) towards completing the Great Commission. He compared how resources are used within a traditional church set up and house/simple/organic churches. I had the honor of being on his doctoral board, and so was closely involved in the whole process. His results… Read More

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Missions

What does humor have to do with mission?

Photo credit: Gary Wilmore (Creative Commons) There is a saying that the British and Americans are two nations separated by a common language. That proved very true when we moved from the UK to the States in 1987.  We naively anticipated that with a common language, the transition would be an easy one. How wrong… Read More

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Missions

The heart of mission

Photo credit: Amy Lloyd (Creative Commons) Jesus was sent by the Father to fallen mankind because of God's love for people. (John 3:16) Jesus said to his disciples, "As the Father has sent me, so I'm sending you." (John 20:21) As we connect with the Father's heart, he will send us out to touch the… Read More

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Missions

Becoming missional: We reap what we sow

I’m reminded of a story about D.L. Moody. Someone once criticized him for the way he brought everyone to the front to respond to the Gospel. “Well, how do you do it?” Moody asked. The man had no answer because he wasn’t leading anyone to the Lord. Moody’s response: “I prefer the way I do… Read More

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Missions

Guest post by Roger Thoman: 5 pitfalls of missions

Roger and Brooks Thoman train and coach leaders in several developing countries, to multiply disciples and simple churches.¬† The poor are empowered as part of the process of disciplemaking assisted by strategic investments in projects that are pioneered and managed by national leaders. Their ministry site can be found here, and Roger’s blog, Simple Church… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

5 reasons for us to be missional versus attractional

We learned many lessons from Rosa's story. The whole experience demonstrated very clearly the importance of church being missional, (Luke 10:3) rather than attractional. Here are some of the reasons: Jesus said, "As the Father sent me, so send I you."  If I had failed to obey the impression I had to walk along a certain street,… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

Motivated for mission

Are we motivated for mission out of duty, or because we are in love with a missional God

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House church Organic church Simple Church

Community and mission: facets of the same gem

A number of people have made the comment that community and mission are both facets of the same gem. Both are an integral part of the heart of the Godhead. Tony P. made some excellent comments on the mission/community question:  they are definitely worth repeating in the main part of the blog so more people… Read More

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House church Organic church Simple Church

Community and/or family

Most of the last few blog posts (and the insightful comments everyone has posted) have been about community and mission.  Here's a question:  we talk about Jesus creating community.  Is family the same thing? There is extensive Biblical support for the notion of church as family.  (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 2:19; Galatians 6:10).  Community is… Read More

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House church Organic church Simple Church

Mission versus community? 3 random thoughts

There have been some very interesting responses to the blogs on mission and community.  The basic question has been, "Do we have community at the expense of mission or vice versa?" If we have an outward focus, does community suffer?  If we concentrate on community, will we neglect mission? Someone put it well:  they are… Read More