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Brad is currently the Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology; his doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. Brad is the co-author of Missional Essentials, a twelve-week small group study guide, The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, and Next Door As It Is In Heaven. He and his wife have three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids. 
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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 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 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.”...
December 21, 2017 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The idea of rethinking vocation must start with considering the sacred/secular divide, or what some people refer to as the problem of dualism. Dualism, simply put, is wrongly dividing something that should not be divided. The Greco-Roman thought was that the world is divided into two competing...
September 20, 2017 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The idea of rethinking vocation must start with considering the sacred/secular divide, or what some people refer to as the problem of dualism. Dualism, simply put, is wrongly dividing something that should not be divided. The Greco-Roman thought was that the world is divided into two competing...
November 11, 2016 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
Over the past several years there has been an increasing interest in church planting. As a result of declining attendance and the closing of many existing churches, every major denomination is focusing more resources toward starting new congregations. In recent years, we have also seen the...
March 24, 2016 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
In the last post I shared that the first theological distinction deals with the missionary nature of God and the “sentness” of the church. The second key concept has to do with how and where we are sent. The ideas of missional and...
March 22, 2016 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
In part one I explained that when I am asked to define the word “missional” I usually say that I have a short answer, and a long answer. The short answer is that the word missional is simply the adjective form of the noun missionary....
March 21, 2016 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
For nine years I taught a course on evangelism at a small Christian college. There was an exercise I would do every year to illustrate to the students just how inwardly focused most churches are. I would divide the white board into two large...