Based on my 18 years of cross-cultural ministry in Singapore and Malaysia, I believe that church planting is the most strategic cross-cultural ministry today.
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When the Berlin Wall was torn down, and the Cold War evaporated, civilization was said to be poised on the verge of “a new world order,” a phrase coined by President George Bush. Then war broke out in the Persian Gulf and it became apparent that “a new world order” was taking shape in the Middle East.
Europe’s church planters, for the most part frustrated (except for some notable exceptions among the Pentecostals), are looking for clues to the future in such diverse places as Willow Creek in suburban Chicago and in Lima, Peru.
Our identification transcends material culture and behavioral roles and focuses on the servant’s attitude.
Work teams are the darlings of missions. I’m defining a work team as a church group that goes overseas for one week to three months. Why are they the darlings of missions?
I confess that Jesus’ teachings about servanthood (e.g., John 13:14, 15; Matt. 20:27, 28) always left me feeling uneasy. Although I agreed with the idea of leading by serving, I didn’t know how to practice it.
Cross-cultural mission has grabbed the attention of the churches in the Philippines. Local churches, evangelical denominations, and parachurch organizations are working together as never before to plant churches among the country’s unevangelized people.
There are many new religious movements in Japan that have experienced phenomenal growth in recent times. We can gain church growth insights and effective mission strategies for our Christian groups by surveying them.
With nothing to show for our efforts at making some inroads into the Muslim community I decided that I would try to keep the Ramadan fast.
Why spend time studying a dying religion? Nearly a decade ago, researcher David Barrett predicted that by the year 2000, about 84 percent of Uganda, 83 percent of Zambia, and 82 percent of Kenya will have embraced Christianity.