Category Archives: Missions / Evangelism
We knew God’s Word and experienced God. And that was life-shaping.
If it’s not the great needs of the world that overwhelm you, it’s the great sins of your heart that threaten to keep you from God’s mission.
Talk is cheap. Even when that talk is about the gospel. So, let’s not settle for conversations about the evangel that don’t lead to evangelism.
“Sex is everything,” goes the idea in the 21st century. “And sex is nothing.” This paradoxical view of sexuality in our society requires a paradoxical response from the Church.
Here’s what I learned from evangelicals bearing witness to the gospel in a country that is much further down the road of secularization than the United States.
6 questions. Answer “No” to any of them and your evangelism will suffer.
Just as we’re explicit about the gospel, let’s also be explicit about what the gospel makes us – God’s gospel-speaking people for a lost world.
Gerald McDermott and Harold Netland discuss witnessing to Christ in a world of religious diversity.
What brought about this change of definition? And how has it impacted missions strategies?
Dr. Robin Hadaway, professor of missions at Midwestern Seminary recently wrote an essay for the Southwestern Journal of Theology, in which he recommends a “course-correction” away from the two-percent threshold and back to something like 10 or 20 percent. Hadaway relies on extensive missionary experience as he considers this question; he has been involved in a variety of mission efforts on three continents, and he is a fluent speaker of Arabic, Swahili, and Portuguese.
Hadaway shows how, for decades, missionaries went to geographic countries in order to assess the needs and then plan a course of action. They built clinics and orphanages, staffed hospitals and started schools alongside their church planting efforts.
In the 1950’s, Donald MacGavran’s work led to the rise of “individualized strategies for particular ethnic groups.” C. Peter Wagner and Edward Dayton applied MacGavran’s ethnic focus differently, with a shift away from the most receptive groups (the “Harvest” mentality) toward church planting among the “hidden” and resistant groups.
Over time, the threshold of considering a people group “reached” dropped from 20% evangelical to 2% (this is the statistic of the Joshua Project and Operation World). But Hadaway considers the 2% threshold to be too low, and he cites sociologist Boeslaw Szymanski to make this point:
“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible …
Knowing “what time it is” personally is essential for making wise decisions.