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This post originally ran at on January 10, 2018. You can find the original post here. The beginning of a new year is an important time on the church calendar. If your church is like mine, as the years pass, well-meaning initiatives turn into traditions. Before you know it, you’ve spread yourself too thin. And while you may be doing many good things, you no longer have the time, money, or bandwidth for the main things. With the new year comes the opportunity to take a fresh look at existing programs and procedures, and it is a natural time…

Read More Pastor, Develop a Fresh Missions Vision for the Year

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Life has been full of changes for us in the last year and lately I’ve been reflecting on the Lord’s faithfulness in our lives: helping us feel at home in Houston, giving us a church and friends, and simply helping us to like where we are and what we are doing. But I’ve also been reflecting on how grateful I am for the pastors who helped me along the way—not just in the last year, but through my whole life. The Lord has orchestrated moments throughout my 30 years that have led me to where I am now. He has…

Read More A Thank You to Pastors (And an Encouragement to Their Members)

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Periodically, I like to provide a list of recent articles and research for those interested in missions in the urban context. Each of these articles went public in the last couple of weeks, and all have bearing on the fulfilling the Great Commission in our cities. Immigration Of course, immigration is an important topic for urban missions. Over the last week or so, the Brookings Institute has released several pieces of research concerning immigration. I’ll point to two that I think are worth reading. The first cuts against the narrative that immigration is an economic drain on the United States.…

Read More Urban Research Round-Up for December, 2017

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