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I am real excited about the start of a new initiative here in the missions center at Southeastern. Today, our Center for Great Commission Studies (CGCS) announced a new focus for their website. This new focus will provide quality content for church leaders and lay members alike concerning missions (international and domestic), church planting, urban resources, evangelism and other topics. All of the content will center on helping the local church fulfill its role in Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost. It is not just a blog. The CGCS has hosted a blog for years, but this new…

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Peoples Next Door

Every, single believer should know how to share the gospel. That may sound like an obvious claim, but all it takes is asking around and it soon becomes clear. Many believers claim insecurity is one of the mains reasons they do not proclaim the gospel to others. Simply put, a lot of believers, and that probably means people in your local church, are not confident sharing the gospel. In fact, you may be reading this because you are not confident sharing the gospel. My point in writing this is not to shame anyone on the issue. Unfortunately, there is a…

Read More How to Share the Gospel: A Quick Word on Narratives and Themes

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Methods in local church ministry and mission are too often based on the perceived goals of the church instead of the unique nature of their community. Before I sound too critical, I believe many local churches have noble goals, but they are often more self-serving than the church ever realizes. Many churches focus on growth and now diversity as success metrics. These are not bad things. In fact they are good things, but a poor understanding of them can subtly replace more biblical success metrics, such as making good disciples and multiplying gospel witness in the community. For instance, is…

Read More Your Community Should Affect The Way You Do Ministry

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I have the unique fortune of training a good number of missionaries in my role at the seminary and through the church I pastor. It is a real blessing to be a part of equipping young families and singles to uproot their lives and move for the sake of the gospel. A regular component of this training is the use of media in the life of the missionary. Our generation (and all following) are now digital natives. The internet is an assumed part of life for all of us, and most of us are connected every hour of the day…

Read More Be All There: The Dangers of Hyper-connectivity for the Missionary

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