Category: Peoples Next Door

  I don’t know anything about fill-in-the-blank culture! Can I even do this without some level of cultural expertise? This is perhaps the most frequent question concerning ELCP. Without stepping onto a soapbox, this attitude is the unfortunate byproduct of the professionalization of ministry. We have falsely decided that gospel proclamation requires someone with a degree in the work or training in some missions equipping program. In this unhelpful paradigm, the clergy (or in this case the missionaries) are the ones who know how to reach people, and the lay person does not have what it takes. Such training is…

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Peoples Next Door

A Hindu temple just outside of Raleigh, NC.  I don’t know anything about fill-in-the-blank culture! Can I even do this without some level of cultural expertise? This is perhaps the most frequent question when I share about reaching international peoples in America. Without stepping on a soapbox, this attitude is the unfortunate byproduct of the professionalization of ministry. We have falsely decided that gospel proclamation requires someone with a degree in ministry or, at minimum, training in some missions equipping program. In this unhelpful paradigm, the clergy (or in this case the missionaries) are the ones who know how to…

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Peoples Next Door Uncategorized

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve read about the wave of international peoples into the United States. As we examine our research, some trends are inevitably shaping up, and this week the Brookings Institute released a fascinating report that corroborates what we have found. In short, this massive influx of internationals is settling not only in our city centers, but in our suburbs. City centers, with public transport and a primarily pedestrian lifestyle, may seem to be the preferable location for international resettlement, but due to a number of factors internationals are preferring the suburbs. In addition to this suburban phenomenon,…

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Peoples Next Door