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“You cannot do the Great Commission without doing the Great Commandment.” We say that a lot nowadays, and I do believe it is true. The premise is as follows. The Great Commission, or the call to make disciples of all nations stands at the very center of the church’s continued mission until the return of Christ. Our Lord’s last statement to his church prior to his ascension was this command for global evangelization and discipleship. Any missionary (or biblical scholar) worth their salt will tell you this means church planting and every member evangelism. It means church planting here and…

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I am excited about today’s post. Over the course of the Peoples Next Door project, we have spent a lot of time thinking through people group discovery and engagement as well as helping equip local churches for that end. Today, I get to announce a free, downloadable strategy guide to help local churches think through both finding and engaging people groups in their area. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: In Acts 17, Paul reminds his listeners at the Areopagus that God determines the periods and boundaries of man, so that they can seek Him and perhaps find Him.…

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This is a guest post from seminary student and first-time SBC messenger, Meredith Cooper. She shares her first impressions of the Southern Baptist Convention as someone who had never attended before. For all of you who have never been, this is what you can expect. Last week, I attended the Southern Baptist Convention for the first time. While I am not new to the SBC—I grew up in an SBC church and now attend an SBC seminary—I did not consider myself immersed in the denomination until last year when I became a full-time employee of the seminary. As I learned…

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If you are familiar with international missions strategy, then you have probably heard people talk about entry and exit strategies. Most good international missions has both an entry strategy, a means of starting work in a new area or with a new people, and an exit strategy, a means of leaving that work to move on to another area or people. These concepts are important for local churches here in North America as well. Churches naturally get the need for an entry strategy. After all, you have to start somewhere. However, too often, churches begin ministry without considering where it…

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