Missions Misunderstood » Ministry

Posted December 1st, 2010 by E. Goodman

Some churches divide pastoral responsibilities across specialized staff positions. There’s the Youth Minister, the Children’s Minister, the Ministers of Education, Music, and Missions. Many churches have Ministers of Media, Ministers of Technology and Ministers of Parking. There’s a Minister of job for just about everything. It’s like the cabinet of the French government. But when […]

Tags: minister of missions, specialist

Filed under:Church, Ministry Posted November 30th, 2010 by E. Goodman

Why not… Require all church members to have a valid passport and go on at least one international trip every couple years? Invite representatives of unbelieving people groups into your church to speak about what they believe and what they think of Christianity? Send a care package to a missionary you don’t (yet) know? Start […]

Tags: Christmas, Why not?

Filed under:Incarnation, Ministry Posted June 22nd, 2009 by E. Goodman

“Zacchaeus, hurry and come down,” Jesus said to the treed tax collector in Luke 19:5. “For I must stay at your house today.” Jesus invited himself over to Zacchaeus’ house. Usually, Jesus was invited in to people’s homes- the wedding party at Cana, Mary and Martha, Peter- they all requested that He visit. They had […]

Posted May 3rd, 2009 by E. Goodman

Much of what I write here centers around metrics- how we measure what we do. I believe that our desire to have measurable results of some kind has driven our strategy into a deeply human-centered pragmatism. From numbers to feelings, we try everything to try to get a handle on what it is that God […]

Tags: fruit, metrics, obedience, persecution, unity

Filed under:Christianity, Ministry, Misunderstood 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 28th, 2009 by E. Goodman

In missiological terms, it’s called a “platform.” It’s how you enter into the community, what you do, how you present yourself, in order to make a connection. Many missionaries aren’t “missionaries” at all, but doctors, teachers, businessmen, artists, social activists. A good platform allows for natural interaction with the people to whom you’re ministering while […]

Tags: apartments, missional, platform

Filed under:Incarnation, Ministry, Missiology, Planting, Strategy Posted April 18th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Obviously, I’m not Mark Driscoll. I couldn’t be, even if I tried. The man is an amazing communicator, a fearless preacher of the scriptures. Through his sermons, interviews, debates, and seminars, Pastor Mark makes the Truth understandable, accessible, and applicable for thousands of people on a regular basis. Beyond the teachings of Mark Driscoll is […]

Tags: apostolic, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill

Filed under:Church, Definitions, Ministry, Missiology Posted March 30th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: The Gaps Another way the church has fallen into the trap of pragmatism is the way we distribute our resources. Let me explain: Say I’m in a mid-sized church that meets in small groups throughout the week. We only have so many leaders willing to  lead these groups. Of those who are willing, we’re […]

Tags: church leadership, distribution, Rationing, resources

Filed under:Church, Ministry, Misunderstood, Philosophy, Strategy, 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 24th, 2009 by E. Goodman

“The first will be last,” Jesus said. “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” A quick perusal of Jesus’ words will turn up all sorts of instructions that don’t seem to line up with what we’d consider “common sense.” He told his followers to “Turn the other cheek” (didn’t He know about […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, Pragmatism, Values