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April 24, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The main business of many mission committees is to determine how to spend the mission budget, rather than view the entire congregational budget as an exercise in mission.~ Darrell Guder The fourth key paradigm shift in missional theology is the concept of missio Dei. An English rendering of this...
April 24, 2018 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Our church had an active women’s Bible study that was holding our very first women’s conference. I was excited because our main speaker, Marge Caldwell, was a famed speaker and teacher from Houston, Texas. Marge had a huge national following and was known for her humor and wit. But she also had...
April 23, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Chaplaincy | Send Network
The last post examined the missionary nature of God and the “sentness” of the church. God is a missionary God who sends a missionary church. However, being sent is only part of the story. The language of “incarnational presence” represents the rooting of our lives and the gospel into the places...
April 19, 2018 by Ted Traylor | Evangelism
I have a confession to make. While it is rare that I preach a sermon without having some kind of invitation, I am always nervous about it. I do not have the gift of the evangelist. Pressing the appeal is something I must work at prayerfully. Fifteen years ago, I developed a habit that has been...
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April 19, 2018 by Nathan Rose | Send Network
What a man cares most about during his life is usually reflected by what he says at his death. This is one reason why Paul’s second letter to Timothy is so important. Not only did the Spirit of God inspire it, but Paul penned it knowing his execution was imminent (see 2 Tim. 4:6). So what...
April 18, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
If mission defines who Christ is, and if Christ sends us as He was sent, then mission defines who we are. ~ Albert Curry Winn In the previous post, we examined how the sending language in Scripture emphasizes the missionary nature of God. Now we move to consider the importance of understanding...
April 17, 2018 by John Mark Clifton | Send Network
"I really need to preach." When I hear someone say that, I think I know what he is saying. I hope he is saying "I know God has called me to preach and, for his glory, I find great satisfaction in obediently fulfilling His call upon my life." And certainly, most of the time, I think that's what...
April 17, 2018 by Rick Duncan | Send Network
Watch the lead trainers at a Train the Trainer Retreat, and you’ll see them huddling together, engaged in deep conversations. Lots of times, you'll hear comments like, “Thanks, I never thought of that,” “I’ll add that to the mix next time,” and “I’ll try not to do that again.” You’ll hear...
April 17, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
Mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. ~ David Bosch If we are to understand what it means to be “missional church,” we must consider shifts in our thinking about three core theological distinctions. The first shift in thinking that must take place relates...
April 16, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~ Alvin Toffler When bringing about change in the way people behave, we often need to start with questions of “why” before considering the practical issues of “how.”...