By David Cross What is the mission of God’s people? That’s easy, right? After all, this is Missio Nexus where mission is part of the name! Some would say that there is a difference between the overarching mission of God’s people (i.e. the purpose of the people of God in the world) and the specific . . . read more
- How Diaspora Ready Are You? A 24 Event for Missions Agency LeadersFri Jul 13 2018, 12:00pm EDT - Sat Jul 14 2018, 12:00pm EDT
- 2018 Mission Leaders ConferenceThu Sep 20 2018, 2:00pm EDT - Sat Sep 22 2018, 12:00pm EDT
- Creating Pathways (and Reducing Barriers) for Women in Organizational Leadership: Seeing Men and Women Flourish as They Work TogetherFri Oct 5 2018, 12:00pm EDT - Sat Oct 6 2018, 12:00pm EDT
- Denominational RoundtableMon Dec 10 2018, 1:00pm EST - Tue Dec 11 2018, 1:00pm EST
By David Cross In the first article in this four part series, I shared how Scripture models the Intrinsic Value view of work. Your work has meaning in and of itself and models God’s creative work of bringing order out of chaos. In this article, we look at an extension of that principle, namely, the . . . read more
Note: David J. Hesselgrave (1924-2018), premier Missiologist and influential missiological Writer passed away Monday May 21, 2018 at age of 94. Like many others, I once was a doctoral student under the tutelage of David Hesselgrave at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I have always esteemed him as my primary missions mentor. His missiological thinking not . . . read more
Mary Slessor was an impressive woman. Born in 1848 near Aberdeen, Scotland, nothing in her early years would have led one to think she would become such a significant person in mission work in Calabar (Nigeria).
Ambassadors for the King to the Muslim world must be equipped to give an answer for the hope that lies within (1 Peter 3:15). We are taught that we must contend for the faith (Jude 3), and that we must take every thought against the knowledge of God captive under Christ’s authority (2 Corinthians 10:5). Every missionary to the Muslim world wrestles with how to approach their Muslim friend when confronted with objections that strike at the very authority and core message of Christianity.
The Holistic Worldview Analysis (HWVA) strategy is a holistic development strategy that engages closely with a community to understand its survival strategy and then works towards strengthening it so that the community is able to solve most of its own problems. While this concept should excite most people by the way in which it engages with the community, building on the ownership and capability they already have; it often doesn’t find common ground with those that believe development is a top down process.
I had the good fortune recently to spend a few days of strategic dialogue with regional heads of an international mission agency. One of the major topics for discussion concerned the issue of “localization” which has always been part of the heritage of this organization but has become a priority moving forward.
Wearing her hijab, “Mounia” from Yemen heard the gospel and felt the love of God in our international church because of her Rwandan classmate’s invitation and her husband’s permission. Without Arabic or visa for Yemen, instead of flying to Sana’a, we walked two meters to welcome her. From a country with 0.03% evangelicals, could she take the gospel back home?
I believe a cultural blindness exists at the core worldview level of the western missionary and Quichua student that limits the clear teaching and the student’s comprehension and learning in the area of international theological education.
The church planters filled the small building on the edge of town. Many of them were the only Christians living in their Muslim communities. More than 30 years of work in Southeast Asia had taught us that these frontline workers needed times of fellowship and prayer to strengthen them in their church planting endeavors.