Missions Misunderstood » Missions

Posted June 7th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Contextualization is the active work of translating the gospel into a culture that doesn’t have an indigenous expression of Christianity. The problem is that we all seem to be “contextualizing” for a culture that we don’t live in. We all look alike because we were all mentored by the same six guys (John, Rick, Mark, […]

Tags: contextualization

Filed under:Communication, Evangelism, Incarnation, Missions, The Gospel Posted May 21st, 2009 by E. Goodman

“If you really cared about the unreached peoples of the world, you’d be more involved in missions.” “If you truly understood the Great Commission, you’d be a missionary.” “If only you were made aware of the opportunities to share the gospel, you’d go on a mission trip.” “If you honestly saw the need, felt the […]

Tags: guilt, inspiration, Matthew 24, Motivation

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Misunderstood, Scripture Posted May 19th, 2009 by E. Goodman

We’ve got to stop distinguishing between “missions” and, well, “not missions.” The old paradigm was this: ministry is sharing the gospel. If you preached to believers, you were called a “pastor.” If you preached to non-Christians in your own culture, you were an “evangelist.” If you needed a passport to get there, you were a […]

Tags: missionary, Missions, tribes

Filed under:Evangelism, Incarnation, Missions Posted May 14th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Syncretism is a key missiological concept that refers to the all-too common practice of overlaying one set of beliefs with another, disparate one. People often go to great lengths to reconcile different, even opposing, belief systems in order to make sense of the world around them. When African tribes were (forcibly) “converted” to Christianity by […]

Tags: Christmas, Culture, Easter, Syncretism

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions, Philosophy Posted April 30th, 2009 by E. Goodman

For many would-be ministers, missionaries, and church planters, a full-time, paid position is not going to happen. Some might intentionally reject the paid-clergy model. Others might just not be able to raise the kind of funding that would allow them to quit their day jobs. Either way, lots of ministers are looking for ways to […]

Tags: community development, ethics, marketable skills

Filed under:Incarnation, Ministry, Missiology, Missions, Strategy Posted April 7th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Previously: Impractical Worship Megachurches don’t just happen. And they’re certainly not the inevitable result of God’s blessing. They are the results of decisions throughout the lifetime of a church. Say a church plant starts out with three couples meeting in a living room. That’s six people meeting regularly to worship God and be a local […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, friendly takeover, Impractical, indigenous

Filed under:Church, Definitions, Incarnation, Missions, Misunderstood Posted March 31st, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: Distribution So far, three parts into my multi-part series on the counterintuitive nature of life in Christ, and I’ve yet to receive any comments accusing me of being too negative or of harboring jealousy over the megachurch’s success. Clearly, I’ve either offended (or bored) away everyone who disagrees with me, or I’ve not been […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, Megachurch, Pragmatism, video venues

Filed under:Church, Missions, Misunderstood, Trends Posted March 26th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: The Counterintuitive Church Despite the Church’s current tendency toward extreme pragmatism, much of the life that Jesus calls us to is counter-intuitive. But that doesn’t seem to stop us from depending (almost entirely!) on our human logic when it comes to our missiology. Why is that? Why would we assume that a counterintuitive God […]

Tags: church planting, Gaps, Missions, Pragmatism, Unreached

Posted March 18th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Most of the people who call themselves “missionaries” will tell you about their passion for the unreached people group they’re working with. Algerian Berbers. The Dong people of Nigeria. The Bondo Poroja of India. People you’ve never heard of. Dark-skinned people in funny hats, living in places you couldn’t find on a map. The missionaries have […]

Tags: Taxonomy, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, People Posted February 19th, 2009 by E. Goodman

A brand never changed anyone’s life. At least not for the better. In fact, we are a society of people who have been let down, frustrated, and ripped of by brands. Microsoft has frustrated our daily lives, McDonald’s has made us unhealthy, Starbucks has charged us ungodly amounts for coffee, and American Airlines loses our […]

Tags: Brand, Missions, organizations

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