Mobilizing Everyday Missionaries

I’m not your pastor, and this is not a church. One Sunday in early 1984, I informed Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay that I was no longer their pastor and that we were no longer a church. Their church was their microchurch. Their pastor was their microchurch pastor. Were a convention of churches. My job was …

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We live as “sojourners” in this world. Even as “strangers and aliens.” I find that alien word a little–well, alien. But we are outsiders to our culture. This positions each of us as everyday missionaries. My overseas experience suggests that we learn to address a foreign culture with humility and grace. We need to consider …

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The great danger in a church is doing things because “that’s the way they’re done.” Worse is the tendency to rely on trends, copying someone else’s success while hoping to duplicate it—copying what you read often does little more than keep the Christian publishing industry alive. But what about you? Why do you do the …

Why That Way and Not Another? Read More »

Part of our job as leaders is to mobilize God’s people as everyday missionaries. To be ambassadors for Jesus where they work, play, drink, grab a coffee in the morning. In short, where they live. Many have been burned trying to repeat a sermon or even when inviting someone to church (which is deemed irrelevant …

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The book was a best-seller for many weeks, so I read it as a 20-year-old hoping to understand business. Titled “Winning Through Intimidation,” it was all about gaining a power position over your “adversaries.” The author, a high-end real estate broker, viewed every relationship as adversarial. He’d lost a series of deals when buyers and …

Safe Places Read More »

Growing up in church can be a disadvantage when it comes to sharing our faith. Our youth pastor asked me to give an eight-minute “sermon” to 120 of my peers in a high school Sunday School event. Most of my audience were either Christ-followers or bored kids whose parents dragged them to church. But, I …

Gospel Disadvantages Read More »

Inviting someone to church is not evangelism. Bringing them into a friendship with Christ is. The Bible describes our task as reconciling others to Christ. The suggestion is that of a broken friendship renewed. It’s less about conversion and more about a growing friendship. Since most people believe in God as children, even adults who …

God Talk in Everyday Conversation Read More »