Missions Misunderstood » Ministry

Posted February 25th, 2008 by E. Goodman

So there’s a homeless guy that you see around town pretty often. One day, he approaches you on the street, asking for money. You compassionately give him a couple bucks. You know, the “least of these” and all that. The very next day, you see that same homeless guy sitting on a park bench, obviously […]

Filed under:Ministry, Relationships, Social Action Posted January 20th, 2008 by E. Goodman

We often have people express interest in coming for a visit to “see” our ministry. Some are church planters from the States, some are pastors of existing churches, some are missionaries in other places. We’ve had seminary students write papers on us, journalists write articles about us, and at least one grade school kid interview […]

Filed under:Ministry, Planting, Visitors Posted November 27th, 2007 by E. Goodman

How are you involved in international missions? In the past, mission agencies gave you three options: pray, give, or go. Hopefully, you’re doing at least one of these things. I’d like to invite you to a fourth way to participate in what God is doing around the world. You may not be aware of this, […]

Filed under:Internet, Ministry, Missions, Relationships Posted November 24th, 2007 by E. Goodman

We’re always looking for opportunities to interact with people here. I think one of the neatest things is how God continues to bring us to people who are willing to interact with us on a deeper level despite the fact that we are foreigners. One weekend not long ago, we were invited by a friend […]

Filed under:Ministry, Reflections, friends Posted August 19th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Lately it seems that everyone I talk to is tired of church. Some are actively involved- teaching Sunday School, attending Bible Studies, even leading worship. Others have given up church altogether, opting instead for isolated and lonely personal ministries outside any organized body of believers. These people are not where they need to be, but […]

Filed under:Church, Ministry Posted June 4th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Sometimes when I talk to people about missional/relational ministry and church planting (you know, as opposed to program-oriented, attractional, subculture growth), and what my work here in Western Europe looks like, they are left with the question: “So you get paid to hang out with people and drink coffee?” “Yes,” I reply. “Actually, I do.” […]

Filed under:Communication, Ministry