It is important for these missionaries and the churches that send them to have a solid theology of language learning.
Training for church planting has mainly focused on the lead pastor, and rightly so. He’s going to carry the weight of the leadership. However, every pastor leading a new ministry would love to have a well-trained and skilled worship leader ministering alongside them.
I want to ask how we might change our views of church planting and the ways that it often manifests itself. I also want to look at the systems and measurables that we currently use.
What does it reveal about our missiology and biblical convictions whenever we think it is strange to advocate that those first century church planting teams have something to teach us?
Rodrick Gilbert, a disciple maker who began a discipleship movement in India that's started thousands of new churches, gives an incredible insight into the fruit of discipleship.
Our Lord sends us to disciple every “nation” (people group) by training them to obey all His commands (Matt 28:18-20). This means that we disciple a “nation” only when it is permeated by obedient disciples who also disciple other unevangelized peoples. Here are 4 practical ways how.
David Platt and Matt Carter discuss what it means to be a church with a DNA for the nations. Learn how your church can be more involved in spreading the gospel.
Mike Breen, Alan Hirsch, Jo Saxton and Jeff Vanderstelt discuss how we can recover the power of the gospel among ordinary people.
"I was learning to listen to again, but the Lord would only give me so much and then I had to do something about it. I was learning to listen and put into practice."
What Jesus did with His 3 years of ministry was invest in a few, entrusting the message to 12 men. There was no Plan B to his master plan for world evangelization. There was only 1 plan: Disciplemaking.
Are our development programs about releasing leaders to the missional frontier? Or, more likely, are they about recruiting volunteers to keep the machine of the church running?
Rick Warren interviews Ying Kai, the founder of one of the most prolific gospel movements in the world today, about simple ways to share your faith.
"You can't be what you don't see. We get discipleship, but how many of us have seen it last more than one generation? Will we let people imitate our lives? Do I have a life worth imitating?"
What is the biggest thing that you could imagine God could do through you? God can do more than that.
It's unfortunate that in our society we have separated social involvement and loving God. Find out why those two things should be together.
In the bid for excellence and in the process of building well-run and professional organisations, I wonder if something has been missed.
The very reason many people are not stepping out in mission is because they're not willing to die for the One who died for them. If you get over that, nothing will stop you.
"If the way that God engages the world is through incarnation, the we must become an incarnational people."
"The biggest mistake I made was I told people to go be Jesus to people. None of you can be Jesus to people - only Jesus can be Jesus to people." - Jeff Vanderstelt