Category Archives: Missions

93. Navigational tools for Church missions: A Decision Making Process

NOTE: Articles 90 – 93 on Navigational tools for Church Missions have been revised and incorporated into a single article through Catalyst Services which is ready to be downloaded   The transitions and tools described in this series of articles … Continue reading

92. Navigational tools for Church Missions: Own the Task

NOTE: Articles 90 – 93 on Navigational tools for Church Missions have been revised and incorporated into a single article through Catalyst Services which is ready to be downloaded   The transitions and tools described in this series of articles … Continue reading

91. Navigational tool for church missions: Identify Significant Activities

NOTE: Articles 90 – 93 on Navigational tools for Church Missions have been revised and incorporated into a single article through Catalyst Services which is ready to be downloaded   The transitions and tools described in this series of articles … Continue reading

90. Navigational tools for Church Missions

NOTE: Articles 90 – 93 on Navigational tools for Church Missions have been revised and incorporated into a single article through Catalyst Services and is ready to be downloaded The transitions and tools described in the following articles are used … Continue reading

71. Balancing your Missional portfolio

NOTE: Mark is available to work with our FEBBC/Y churches to coach missions committees in their role in leading their local church in the area of missions.  Please contact Mark via the Contact Me form or view Mark’s Coaching page … Continue reading

70. If every activity is “missions,” how do we set priorities?

NOTE: Mark is available to work with our FEBBC/Y churches to coach missions committees in their role in leading their local church in the area of missions.  Please contact Mark via the Contact Me form or view Mark’s Coaching page … Continue reading

69. The Difference between Missions and Outreach

NOTE: Mark is available to work with our FEBBC/Y churches to coach missions committees in their role in leading their local church in the area of missions.  Please contact Mark via the Contact Me form or view Mark’s Coaching page … Continue reading

32. When is a Missions Trip REALLY Missions?

A team of Canadian youth was involved with young people from another culture for an intense two weeks of ministry in children’s camps.  They came back excited and impacted, but apart from relief at their safe return home, the church … Continue reading

26. An Expanding Definition of Missions

The Fear of Dilution I was recently talking with a colleague who voiced a concern about the expanding understanding of missions in some of our more missional churches.  The missions committee at his church expressed the desire to incorporate local … Continue reading

16. Church Partnership in Missions (Part III)

Implications for the Church Oriented Sending Agency The Partnership Trend Stemming from a college professor’s interest in his international students, members from a local church began to build relationships with families from that people group.  Some of the church members … Continue reading

15. Church Partnership in Missions (Part II)

Proactive Churches in Missions Field, Candidate and Church oriented Missions Agencies Field Oriented Agencies It may be possible to trace an historical development among North American sending agencies from being "field oriented" to becoming "candidate oriented" and now shifting to … Continue reading

14. Church Partnership in Missions (Part I)

Proactive Churches in Missions It was only a decade ago that common wisdom for finding support for missionaries said, "Forget the churches and focus on individual contacts."  Some missions organizations even encouraged their members to use the churches as a … Continue reading

10. Mission: Fighting Injustice or Personal Spiritual Rebirth?

During our time in Pakistan the area of the Thar desert was afflicted with a four year drought.  People made destitute from the famine migrated out to more habitable regions only to be met by unscrupulous landlords who took advantage … Continue reading

7.   Quest for justice in mission

Even though in our churches, salvation in Christ is primarily described in terms of justice and mercy using the analogy of a celestial court, the focus of justice as a major issue for society is often overshadowed in Evangelical circles … Continue reading

6.   Is "Church" or "Kingdom" the goal of Mission?

"Don’t plant churches, plant ministries!" In our recent BC convention (May, 2003) Dr. Ray Bakke challenged us to reach the city for Christ.  At one point he said "Don’t plant churches, plant ministries!" Focus on meeting the needs of people … Continue reading

2. Measuring Missions

Can Mission be measured? Missions has been defined narrowly as "carrying the gospel across cultural boundaries to those who owe no allegiance to the Jesus Christ," (Glasser & McGavran 1983:26) and more comprehensively as missio Dei – God’s mission in … Continue reading

1.   The Helpless Factor

Global technological and political developments have changed the face of the world and altered forever the way the church can participate in God’s work of establishing his kingdom. The great gods of science and secularism of the 20th century are … Continue reading