Missions

The Choice Between Entertaining and Training – Christian Article

I often talk about the need to “reform” our approach to youth ministry in light of the astonishing statistics related to young people leaving the Christian faith. While I tend to focus on the direction I would prefer to take, I seldom spend much time critiquing the alternative strategies that other youth leaders embrace in an effort to keep their young congregation. Nick Peters, however, has done a nice job summing up the problem in his piece, “Entertaining Our Youth To Apostasy”. Nick asks…

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Learning community | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Every Tuesday, the PhD ICS (Intercultural studies) community (seniors, juniors, professors) meet together for lunch, with occasional sharings on relevant academic or missiological topics, and personal testimonies of those in the program as well. It has truly been an enriching and inspiring time for myself, even as I begin on the journey myself. I am indeed thankful to God for this rare opportunity, and more and more each day, I see His hand in directing me and my family here.…

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Macedonian Call, Christians, Missionary, Missions – Christian Article

Tweet What is the Macedonian Call? Is that a call that Christians will have too, except not in Macedonia? Saul’s Call Perhaps the reason that Jesus Himself had to directly intervene in the Apostle Paul’s life to call him as a missionary was probably because no human alive could have ever witnessed to him about Jesus Christ and then lived to tell about it. Can you imagine trying to go up to Saul and share Christ while he had been…

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The 3 Penny Missionary Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This simple, fun game helps children understand how a church is planted on the mission field. Help children understand the process of a missionary planting a church. As kids play this game, they will learn the up and downs (or forward and backwards) progress of planting a church. All that is needed is the PDF Game Board linked below (best printed on card stock) along with second page of explanation. (Which can be printed on the opposite side if you’d…

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6 ways to reach God’s world – Christian Article

6 ways to reach God’s world As many countries and parts of the world go on lockdown, isolation, or quarantine, many short-term mission trips might be currently cancelled or put on hiatus, so what else can we do, when we cannot GO, as Jesus commands in the Great Commission? I was reminded of this set of videos, materials by OMF titled “6 ways to reach God’s world.” What are ways we can reach God’s world? (Summary) Learn Pray Go…

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ICS community | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Every Tuesday, the PhD ICS community (seniors, juniors, professors) meet together for lunch, with occasional sharings on relevant academic or missiological topics, and personal testimonies of those in the program as well. It has truly been an enriching and inspiring time for myself, even as I begin on the journey myself. I am indeed thankful to God for this rare opportunity, and more and more each day, I see His hand in directing me and my family here. I had…

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Three Things to Teach Students About the Missio Dei – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When I was a teenager, I was aware that the good news of the gospel meant Jesus had saved me from sin. Still, I didn’t realize until later that the gospel also meant Jesus had saved me into a mission with him. I was too focused on trying to be the most popular student and the best athlete in my school. (My tall and lanky frame had other ideas, unfortunately. In a single school year, I face-planted at a track…

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Serving in Mission – Dr Andrew & Belinda Ng – Christian Article

Serving in Mission – Dr Andrew & Belinda Ng Dr Andrew & his wife Belinda were our home church’s 1st missionaries & the 1st Singaporean family to be sent to Africa. His 2 sons were my peers in youth group. Thus was the legacy & influence he & many other missionaries paved in a missions-minded church which continues even till today. The Dr Andrew Ng Global Missions Fund was born of a compelling vision to carry on the legacy of the…

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Should I Quit the Job I Love to Be an Overseas Missionary? – Christian Article

My wife and I have always been open to God calling us to be missionaries overseas. An opportunity has presented itself in a country with few gospel laborers, and it seems like it could be a great fit. We both love our jobs, however, and we truly believe we are serving God in them. God clearly called us to these jobs, and he has blessed us and others in them. How do we discern whether God is calling us to…

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Church on mission (Craig Ott 2019) – Christian Article

Church on mission (Craig Ott 2019) I had the privilege of sitting through a book talk at our TEDS library given by Dr Craig Ott, our PhD ICS director and program advisor. He was speaking on a newly written/launched book “The Church on Mission,” based on part of the EFCA’s mission statement – “To glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people.” A big part of my enrolling and coming to TEDS and the PhD ICS program here is because…

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Seasons of change | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Sometime towards the beginning of this year, I received news that I had been successfully accepted into the TEDS PhD in Intercultural Studies (ICS) program. For those unfamiliar, TEDS stands for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, started by the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), & is based in the north of Chicago, Illinois in the States. The PhD in ICS program would be at least a 4-year full-time residential program, & our hope & plan as a family was to…

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The 3 Penny Missionary Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This simple, fun game helps children understand how a church is planted on the mission field. Help children understand the process of a missionary planting a church. As kids play this game, they will learn the up and downs (or forward and backwards) progress of planting a church. All that is needed is the PDF Game Board linked below (best printed on card stock) along with second page of explanation. (Which can be printed on the opposite side if you’d…

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The Other Child for Christ – A Legacy Continues – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prior to 2002 when Truth & Training (T&T) was introduced by Awana, they had four clubs for 3rd – 6th grade. They were Pals, Chums, Guards and Pioneers. Each club had a motto. For the boys’ clubs (Pals & Pioneers) it was the other boy for Christ. For the girls’ clubs (Chums & Guards) it was the other girl for Christ. An integral part of Awana was not only the Gospel,  it also included telling others about Jesus Christ. With…

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Mission Trip Prep List – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I find myself thinking this morning about our mission trip in June with our students from G252, the student ministry at our church, Nags Head Church. For the past several years we have been taking our high schoolers and mature behaving middle schoolers to the island of Eleuthera to do work with Camp Bahamas and outreach into the settlement of Tarpum Bay. Last summer we added college students into the mix which was a great addition to the team. In…

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Summer Break – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Life is hectic! Who isn’t busy this summer? One of the things I enjoy in life is posting here to my blog. It has been a while since I posted. I have found that I have been pretty busy this summer. What has happened so far this summer? In June I traveled with our student ministry to the island of Eleuthera on our mission trip. While in Eleuthera our students helped Camp Bahamas prepare for summer camp. Side Note: By…

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Summer Missions Component with Your VBS – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. Hopefully you are well into the planning and preparation. There is always so much to do! Find volunteers. Prepare the spaces Create the decorations. Find volunteers. Gather the supplies. Train the team. Find volunteers. Communicate with other staff. Create promotional materials and get the word out. And did I mention finding volunteers??? So. Much. To. Do!! And this doesn’t even begin to speak to everything that needs to be done. If you’ve…

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How “Danger” Turns Teaching Into Training – Christian Article

To work as a police officer at my agency, applicants go through several steps. If the applicant passes the written, physical, and psychological test, in addition to the interview and background investigation, we hire them and send them to a 7-month academy. If the recruit does well in the academy and manages to graduate, they are placed on patrol for field training, where a series of seven field training officers train them for seven consecutive months. If the trainee is…

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His Bride Is Still Beautiful – Christian Article

We live in an age of constant bad news. Mass shootings, wildfires, hurricanes, social and political division, distrust in the highest levels of government—everywhere you look it seems the world is holding on by a thread. Turning your gaze to the church doesn’t seem to make things better. You see stories of pastors falling into sin and disqualifying themselves from ministry. There are heaps of abuse allegations. More churches than ever focus on felt needs rather than gospel truth. But…

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How The Local Church Is Changing The World – Christian Article

Tweet The local church is changing the world more than you can imagine, and doing it one community at a time. Church and Community Not all communities who live in poverty have schools. Not everyone has access to hospitals or even clean water, but where there’s a local church, there is hope. Churches belong to the community, so they are uniquely placed to meet their needs. And in partnership with international charities, churches can…

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Pursuing Jesus in Kenya – The Jesus Pursuit – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); There is nothing more beautiful than watching someone live out the calling God has placed on their life. Some commissions seem more fearful and dangerous than others – particularly to those of us who have not been called to those fearful and dangerous places! Victoria Little, 24, has been called by God to reach the Samburu tribe of Kenya. Victoria and I sat down to talk about this mission that has been burning in…

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Wednesday Connect | Thinking Out Loud

So here’s a question for you: Why do the authors so intent on helping me solve my financial problems only publish their books in hardcover? Just a reminder that this blog uses cookies to keep the writer awake after 11:00 PM. Here’s your week’s worth of items culled from a variety of sources. ♦ An old format meets today’s technology in a Bible commentary in pictures: “The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) [is] a freely accessible online publication that provides…

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The Biggest Misconceptions About Evangelism – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Furman: There are a lot of ideas out there about evangelism, some helpful and true, some not so helpful and untrue. What are some misconceptions that you’ve heard about evangelism, maybe some that you might have even believed at one point? Pippert: Well, I’ve done evangelism training globally, and I think the thing… And the last seven years we were…

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