Monthly Archives: April 2018

Not saying yes

One important thing to bear in mind when talking with people about missions: if you ask someone about the engagement of groups, they might say Yes, this group is engaged, or No, that group is not. Failing to say either … Continue reading

This is not the end

I haven’t been posting much the last few days, because we have been up with my wife’s family after her father abruptly graduated to glory following complications from surgery. It is at this point that I am reminded of how … Continue reading

The people clusters where the task will nearly 3X by 2050

Earlier, I presented a list of the projected populations of people groups by 2050. The good folks at Joshua Project sent me a variation of the sheet with % AGR, which stirred me up with the question: what are the … Continue reading

Control vs. Empowerment Structures

While talking with a CPM practitioner today, I was struck by something he said that crystallized something I’ve heard and seen many times. There are two kinds of organizational systems which can be created: systems that control, and systems that … Continue reading

Small Spaces and Security

One of the things to bear in mind when sharing stories is: the smaller the space, the more sensitive to security it will be. It’s easy to say “India [or China or Indonesia or similar places] are engaged by missionaries.” … Continue reading

Surveillance in China

One of the big issues facing the church and work in China is its growing capacity for surveillance. We have been concerned for a long time about China’s capacity for hacking into personal emails and access to our phones, as … Continue reading

Sharing stories: security vs. fear vs. pride

One of the key ways to mobilize for missions is to tell stories. When missionaries come back from the field and work on mobilizing more workers, they tell stories about their time in the field. When agencies want to report … Continue reading

Why movements succeed

Why do movements succeed? The way I’ve seen trainings done, they rely on Biblical principles. But every movement is different, and while principles are generally the same tactical implementation is nearly always different. At bottom it’s not because there is … Continue reading

Is USA’s Millennial (Gen-Z) generation post-Christian?

In January Barna released a study which claimed “Generation Z” (born 1999-2015) is the first “post-Christian” generation. “More than any other generation before them, Gen Z does not assert a religious identity.” The data then goes on to say 14% … Continue reading

First, Multiply

I suggest that the emphasis of the “first team” to engage an unreached people group should not be to be a witness, evangelist or church planter. Instead, early efforts should focus on catalyzing leaders with large, strategic visions for the whole … Continue reading