Missions Misunderstood » Missions

Posted December 19th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Many of us on the field are active recruiters. We are always looking for people who would be especially suited for ministry in Western Europe. Many strategists find new partners by talking about their people group. They describe the beauty of the culture, the proud history of the people, and the great spiritual need among them. […]

Filed under:Missions, Strategy, Team 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 5th, 2007 by E. Goodman

As a missionary, I am tempted to lie on a regular basis. It may or may not surprise you to read that statement, but it’s true nonetheless. What’s more, I find the temptation strongest when I’m talking with a coworker, partner, or supporter. It all starts out innocently enough; someone asks, “How is your ministry […]

Filed under:Missions, Personal, Planting, Truth Posted October 10th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Statistics. Demographics.Lostness. Evangelization.Need. Opportunity.Resources. Support.Trends. Movements. Reaction.Creativity. Good ideas.Common sense.Duty. Tradition.Ease. Difficulty.Guilt, pity, fear.Passion, compassion, desire.Love. We are constantly tempted to allow these things to dictate our missions activities. In many cases, these are the motives that were used to recruit us into sacrificial giving and to service. We all participate in different ways and […]

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Strategy Posted October 5th, 2007 by E. Goodman

God called me to missions in Western Europe by giving me a vision for what He could (would?) do among the people here. I was excited about being part of God’s interaction with the postmodern, postchristian people of Europe. I really believed that God was going to start a church planting movement here, and I […]

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Planting, Strategy Posted July 20th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Missions- (mish-uh ns) -noun: 1. a group of persons sent by a church to carry on religious work, esp. evangelization in foreign lands, and often to establish schools, hospitals, etc. 2. missionary duty or work 3. organized missionary work or activities in any country or region 4. a church or a region dependent on a […]

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Misunderstood Posted July 15th, 2007 by E. Goodman

So I’ve had a couple of inquiries about the “new” “trend“(it’s really neither, but more on that later) away from full-time, professional missionaries and toward volunteer and short-term mission endeavors. I’ve made no secret of my own discomfort with being a professional missionary, so some of my readers ask if I’m excited by the potential […]

Filed under:Finances, Missions, Trends Posted June 18th, 2007 by E. Goodman

I’ve always been taught to do what Jesus would do. So much so, that the question of “what” Jesus would do completely eclipsed the concept of “why.” Jesus was selfless and always put other people’s needs before His own. He spent time in public with people who were known as sinners and drunks. Jesus kept […]

Filed under:Missions, Misunderstood, Philosophy, Theology Posted May 19th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Since the demise of the short-sleeve pastel “missionary shirt” (you know- the one with two pockets on the breast and two at the waist), the button-down Oxford shirt with casual chinos has been the uniform of missionaries around the world. Some people like to spice it up a bit with an embroidered logo. Others dress […]

Filed under:Clothing, Culture, Missions Posted April 27th, 2007 by E. Goodman

In the U.S., our supporters tell us that being a missionary is the highest calling. They say that moving overseas to plant churches is of eternal significance. To them, missions is telling people about Jesus. That’s what they ask about when we talk: How many people have become Christians? How many churches have you planted? […]

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