What is Missiology?

Defining and discerning what missiology is—and how it can help you. The gospel message never changes. We can’t improve upon it. It’s the once-for-all hope for humanity. Cultures, however, are ever-changing. Communicating the gospel in a timely way in a given cultural context matters even more in a time of rapid change like today. Therefore, an ever-present reality for the church––from pastors and staff, to leadership in denominations, networks, and movements,... Read More

Interview: The Best Advice on Engaging Muslims, from Arab Evangelical Scholars

Diverse anthology of current Christian research on Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad suggests biblically-faithful paths for better engagement beyond polemics or dialogue. American evangelicals often find themselves frustrated in their approach to Islam. Two options are consistently placed before them: a polemical argument few are educated enough to engage in, or an awkward dialogue urging friendship but emptied of theological significance. Help, therefore, may come from abroad—where... Read More

Raising the Bar for Ministry with Children

Why Your Children’s Ministry Leader Needs More Education and Training. As both a professor and ministry coach, pastors and search committees often ask me, “How much education is really necessary for a children’s ministry pastor or director?” On the surface, that can be an easy query to answer by asking a few questions: Is the position full-time or part-time? What are the responsibilities? Does this position require the person to administer the sacraments, (such as... Read More

Died: Teen Missions Founder Bob Bland, Who Put Young Missionaries Through Boot Camp

With his Florida training program and international construction projects, he empowered young people who didn’t want to wait to do something for God. Bob Bland, an evangelical pastor who trained and sent tens of thousands of teenagers on short-term mission trips, has died at the age of 92. Bland founded Teen Missions International in 1970 after a 14-year-old girl at a Youth for Christ event in Southern Ohio broke down in tears because she had been rejected by a missionary organization. She... Read More

Sherelle Ducksworth: Sociological Theory and Precursors to Approaching Critical Race Theory

Part 1 of Sherelle Ducksworth’s contribution to our Critical Race Theory series. Over the last year I have read and listened to many views and opinions on CRT. In an effort to not be redundant since the previous contributors to this series provided a lot of information and thoughtful commentary on CRT, I hope to contribute to the conversation as not only a Christian but as a sociologist by profession. My contribution will consist of two parts. Part I is a discussion on four precursors... Read More

Police Block and Barricade Canadian Church Over COVID-19 Violations

The pastor of the Alberta congregation recently spent a month in jail for repeated refusals to comply. Health officials in Alberta, Canada, made the decision to “physically close” a local church building until its leaders agree to finally comply with coronavirus regulations. Police vehicles blocked entrances to the parking lot of GraceLife Church in Edmonton Wednesday morning and temporary fencing was erected around the building. The congregation has met normally since summer... Read More

Police Block and Barricade Canadian Church Over COVID-19 Violatons

The pastor of the Alberta congregation recently spent a month in jail for repeated refusals to comply. Health officials in Alberta, Canada, made the decision to “physically close” a local church building until its leaders agree to finally comply with coronavirus regulations. Police vehicles blocked entrances to the parking lot of GraceLife Church in Edmonton Wednesday morning and temporary fencing was erected around the building. The congregation has met normally since summer... Read More

How Churches Can Welcome Both Vaxed and Unvaxed

The new complications of bringing the congregation together. This week, the number of Americans who have received their first dose of the vaccine will rise to one third of the population. As numbers continue to climb in the US and around the world, some churches will have to contend with yet another set of pandemic-spurred challenges. At what point will churches that have been meeting virtually go back to in-person meetings? At what point will in-person churches drop mask mandates or other... Read More

The Missing Word in Our Reckonings on Race

Two pastors advocate reparations for victims of white supremacy. When trying to solve any problem, large or small, it’s important to remember that hasty solutions based on poorly diagnosed problems lead to failure and frustration. This is true whether we’re talking about marketing, medicine, or ministry. And it’s especially true when it comes to repairing an injustice as complex as slavery and racism in America. Today, there is a tendency to oversimplify the problem. But... Read More

Christ-centered Nonprofits and Churches Ended 2020 Surprisingly Well

85% said cash giving in 2020 came rather close to 2019 cash giving numbers—with a sizable portion of that group saying that 2020’s cash giving ended higher than 2019’s. The pandemic’s much-feared financial toll on churches and nonprofit ministries failed to materialize in 2020. That’s the verdict from a survey of 1,292 members and friends of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) published March 4 in a 12-page illustration-rich report titled... Read More