Missions Misunderstood » Planting

Posted February 2nd, 2007 by E. Goodman

A key element of our missiology is our understanding of what heavenly worship will look like. This will affect the degree to which we value the individual cultures of the nations. It seems that most of us tend toward one of two extremes. Of course, I simplify here for the sake of discussion. Multi-cultural Church: […]

Filed under:Culture, Missiology, Planting 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 November 5th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about “contextualization”of the gospel. If you’ve every read my blog before, you likely know that I believe that we the church should do all that we can to minimize the cultural differences that hinder the communication of love and truth to the […]

Filed under:Culture, Definitions, Planting 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 April 8th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I have devoted the last four years of my life to the study of a language and culture that are not my own. When I started, I thought of these people only in stereotypes and generalities. Every new observation or bit of insight was applied to the whole. “Everyone here,” I can remember thinking, “hates […]

Filed under:Communication, Missions, Planting, Strategy