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Posted May 12th, 2008 by E. Goodman

In the comments section of my last post Now Tell Us How You Really Feel, a reader asked about some of the details of my transition from the field back to the United States. In the past, I haven’t written as much about these sorts of details; partly to protect my anonymity, and partly out […]

Tags: continuing the work, leaving, moving, Team

Filed under:Ministry, Reflections, Relationships, Team Posted March 24th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Fear is a powerful thing. It can cause us to do some very irrational things. Of all the threats that we face on a daily basis, we put more time, money, and effort into protecting ourselves from things that we find very scary, whether they are likely to happen to us or not. In Chapter […]

Tags: attrition, Fear, threat, Training

Filed under:Ministry, People, SBC, Team, Training, Uncategorized 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 June 22nd, 2006 by E. Goodman

The guys in boy bands aren’t usually friends that grew up together, singing barber-shop quartet songs on the street corner for tips. No, they are strategically selected by professionals through shopping mall casting calls that attract thousands of talented applicants. 23 seconds to prove you’ve got the right stuff, and then “Next!” “We’ve got the […]

Filed under:Missions, Strategy, Team Posted June 20th, 2006 by E. Goodman

This post was going to be about the “Saviors.” I was going to write about the well-intentioned missionaries who come to the field thinking that their arrival somehow brings salvation to whatever unreached people group they have selected. The ones who feel needed, in my opinion, are missionaries that do not belong on the mission […]

Filed under:Missions, Strategy, Team Posted June 16th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I was home from college for summer break, and our pastor began a sermon series on the book of Romans. When I returned home for Christmas, he was on chapter 2. I’m convinced that’s why our church wasn’t Calvinist. I never thought I’d post a “series” of posts. I guess I’ve never had a single […]

Filed under:Missions, Strategy, Team Posted June 14th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Perhaps the most visible type of missionary that shouldn’t be here are the Professionals. They are the missionaries that built the IMB into the huge corporation that it is today. These are the folks that fill their days with professional missionary things like going to conferences and making appearances at meetings. Usually, the Pros are […]

Filed under:Missions, Strategy, Team Posted June 9th, 2006 by E. Goodman

While the timing of this post does not intentionally coincide with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, I’ll admit that it seems like a relatively safe time to write such a mean post. Hopefully, everyone that might read this, especially the people I’m actually referring to, are either at the Convention or busy […]

Filed under:Missions, Misunderstood, Strategy, Team Posted May 25th, 2006 by E. Goodman

One of the things God has been teaching our team lately is that personality matters. No, I’m not talking about the mega-churches in the United States that seem to be built entirely upon the charismatic and inspirational personality of its pastor. Strangely enough, it is just occurring to us that God may have given us […]

Filed under:Christianity, Relationships, Strategy, Team