A Church Revived Through a Missional Focus

A 300 year old church in Massachusetts faced a major challenge. Its ‘young people’ were in their ‘60’s. Their annual budget was $15,000. Most neighbors who passed the drab building with a drive-in congregation thought the church was closed. The neighborhood was now an Italian and Jewish enclave unlike the congregation of forty people with…

Every Man a Missionary

Most of us are trapped in what Paul Hiebert calls “cultural frames.” Doctors live in hospitals and medical settings, teachers in schools, bankers in banks, business people in shops, pastors in churches. These social enclaves create their own sub-languages. They give birth to membered associations, networks, anticipated roles and hierarchies, and economic-power structures. They share…

Concern for the City

The priests in the Old Testament were assigned, as were the Levites, to cities. They were required to live there. Priestly ministry was never confined exclusively to the temple. Priests were not to become other worldly. Ray Bakke, sociologist and missiologist, says that twenty-five types of urban ministry can be found in the historical books…

You have a decision to make.

Glen Kehrein charges: “Rarely, however, does the church of Jesus Christ work as a healing agent for social strife. Rather, it appears to be a non-player or worse.”[1] We have two options. We can change nothing, telling ourselves that we are called only to be faithful, not necessarily successful, in terms of new converts and…

Prayer Opens Doors

Can a prayer effort make a difference? Key Christian leaders in India attribute “Praying Through the Window” as the major catalyst resulting in the conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian Dalits and numbers of Backward Castes. Now, there are twenty-six 10/40 Window nations that are “Gospel-Ready.” This means these nations are open to Christians…