Missions Misunderstood » Missions

Posted March 28th, 2007 by E. Goodman

I appreciate all the encouraging notes and comments I’ve received during my unplanned blog silence the last couple of weeks (months?). I’m sure I’ve lost some readers by not posting in a while; after all, who wants to keep up with a blog that is never updated? If you’re still watching this space, thank you. […]

Filed under:Blogging, Missions Posted January 28th, 2007 by E. Goodman

In keeping with my complete inability to leave well enough alone, I’d like to illustrate the point of my last post. Some of you will be surprised to learn that there was, in fact, a point to my last post. “Church planting movement” is the term we’ve adopted to describe a phenomena in which many, […]

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Planting, Strategy Posted January 25th, 2007 by E. Goodman

Our regional (and organization-wide) mission and strategy is to “facilitate a Church Planting movement among people groups and/or population segments greater than 100,000 people and less than 2% evangelized. In past posts, I’ve taken issue with the definitions of “people groups” and “evangelized,” and I’ve voiced my confusion over the seemingly random numbers that guide […]

Filed under:Missions, Misunderstood, Planting, Strategy Posted December 13th, 2006 by E. Goodman

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is how much more accepting missionaries are of spiritual things than are most of the people in the pews back home. I’m pretty sure this has to do with the fact that here on the field, we’re forced to rely on God for everything; we depend […]

Filed under:Miracles, Missions Posted December 10th, 2006 by E. Goodman

What do we mean when we talk about “reaching people?” Is it the same as telling them about Jesus? What makes a people group “reached?” Having heard the gospel? Having access to it? Having a viable church planted among them? The IMB’s current strategy is to “engage” (send missionaries to) people groups that we classify […]

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions Posted December 3rd, 2006 by E. Goodman

“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” – Oswald J. Smith I ran across this quote on a colleague’s website. I’m not sure who Oswald J. Smith is/was, and I’m not particularly interested. His sort of guilt-inspired, task-oriented, logic-based, marketing-ploy, pop missiology […]

Tags: Missiology, terminology

Filed under:Missiology, Missions Posted November 26th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Every six months or so, I have to post my thoughts on “the missionary task.” In my opinion, this is the single most important topic that no one is talking about. In another attempt to incite some discussion, I’ve also posted this to the Church Planting Forum. Below is an outline of my current thoughts […]

Filed under:Definitions, Missions, Misunderstood Posted October 26th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I live in the Uncanny Valley. No, this isn’t the name of a pseudo-luxury, prefabricated housing tract; it’s a techno-sociological theory proposed by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970. The theory basically states that a robot that looks and behaves more realistically humanlike will evoke a more positive and empathetic emotional response from the human […]

Filed under:Culture, Missions Posted September 20th, 2006 by E. Goodman

We read church planting books, we go to seminars, and we study models, strategies, and formulas. We are driven by statistics of measurable lostness, reached-ness, and saturation. We calculate number of personnel, availability of resources, and total cost involved. When it comes to missions, as with the rest of Christianity, we’ve tried to make a […]

Filed under:Missions, Planting, Training Posted August 14th, 2006 by E. Goodman

An anonymous commenter on my last post disagrees with the distinction between home culture “missions” and what I’m calling “host culture missions.” You can thank him for this post. Unless, of course, you actually like this post. I which case, please thank me. My assertion: If the word “missions” means “telling people about Jesus” or […]

Filed under:Culture, Missions