Missions Misunderstood » Missions

Posted January 21st, 2011 by E. Goodman

Sharing a hookah. Smoking a peace pipe. Drinking to a toast. Dressing in ceremonial robes. Missionaries constantly face the edges of contextualization. Incarnation requires that she constantly ask herself: “What should I do to minimize the difference between myself and those to whom I want to minister?” Every cultural difference hinders the communication of the […]

Tags: alcohol, contextualization, Culture, edges

Filed under:Culture, Missions Posted January 20th, 2011 by E. Goodman

I’ve been watching an interesting, if asymmetric, discussion on Ed Stetzer’s blog about MissionShift, the book he co-edited with David Hesselgrave. Participants were given copies of the book and asked to post their thoughts on their own blogs and discuss them in the comments section of Ed’s post. We started by reading the first section […]

Tags: armchair missiologists, Ed Stetzer, Missiology, MissionShift

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions Posted January 18th, 2011 by E. Goodman

Most missionaries see themselves as having been sent to a particular people group or population segment. This makes sense, as each subculture requires a unique methodology to church and gospel translation. Most missionaries establish themselves as advocates for their people. They promote their work by highlighting the needs, both spiritual and physical, of the group. […]

Tags: Advocacy, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Communication, Missions, Misunderstood Posted January 13th, 2011 by E. Goodman

Now that it’s 2011, many missionaries have embraced the 2000s and started blogs. Fortunately, there are hundreds of opportunities to stay in touch with what’s happening on the field. I try to monitor lots of these blogs in order to know what God is doing around the world (and so that I can make fun […]

Tags: Communicating with supporters., Missionary blogs

Posted January 5th, 2011 by E. Goodman

…or is it Pepsi? Surly you’ve heard this rumor repeated as evidence the the widespread and subversive influence on American culture. It was repeated to me recently during a conversation about missionary businessmen. Several church leaders were talking with a young man who is starting an internet research company so that he and his family […]

Tags: Business, Coca-Cola, Finances, Mormons

Filed under:Finances, Missions Posted September 12th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is my 7th post in a series on developing a new missiology. Previously: Yeah, But… In the Old Testament, we read about Noah and his sons. Through a violent global flood, God reset humanity by destroying all but this one faithful family. Then, through this same family, God repopulated the Earth and kept His […]

Tags: Missiology, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Culture, Missiology, Missions Posted August 29th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is post #6 in a series on developing a new missiology. Some of you, upon reading my last post, Callsourcing the Mission, might have disagreed with my proposal that we use a crowdsourced report of God’s calling, rather than people group taxonomies, as a foundation for our missiology. You may have seen some shortcomings […]

Tags: Callsourcing, Missiology, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Missiology, Missions Posted August 25th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is post #5 in a series on developing a new missiology. Human-sized hamster ball. Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Double Rainbow.  At any given point in time, web analytics can show us what topics are “trending” in social media. An uptick in Google searches might indicate breaking news or a YouTube video going viral. Twitter trends […]

Tags: Callsourcing, Missiology, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Missiology, Missions Posted August 23rd, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is post #4 in a series on developing a new missiology. In my last post, I summarized the origins of the current popular understanding of missions. People group thinking, as I call it, hasn’t been all bad. But neither has it been all good. This, I suspect, is due in large part to the […]

Tags: Missiology, Mom-and-Pop, terminology, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Communication, Missiology, Missions Posted August 18th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is post #2 in a series on developing a new missiology. Over the course of about ten years, the church has seen a huge shift in thinking. As western culture moved away from identifying itself as “christian,” young(er) leaders started to explore new, more appropriate expressions of church in a post-everything context. Some questioned […]

Tags: Culture, Missiology, missional, soaicl action

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