Monthly Archives: October 2018

Counting Movements 3: pots, bushes, Sycamore

Our yard is home to several different kinds of growing things, ranging from weeds to trees. For the purpose of this post, let me use three things by way of analogy: potted plants, bushes, and the big Sycamore tree in … Continue reading

Counting Movements 2: grandparents to grandchildren

When movements are very small – that is, they are five generations or smaller in size – they can be fairly easy to count. You can even track the generations on a big piece of paper or a computer spreadsheet. … Continue reading

Counting Movements 1: how we count believers and churches in many denominations

One of the questions we have to address in documenting (and even assessing, auditing, evaluating, etc.) movements is how to count the number of people in them. Movements are another form of a group of churches–a network or denomination. Movements … Continue reading

Choosing friends

I’ve read many posts, articles, and even sections of books on “how to choose one’s friends.” Some of these echo back to themes in works like the New Agey-epitome “The Secret”: the “power of attraction” and “surround yourself with positive, … Continue reading

Mission degrees and debt

One statistic I haven’t been paying a great deal of attention to until recently (and even now I haven’t paid as much attention to it as I should be): the price of an intercultural studies degree. One college I just … Continue reading

There’s no work here.

In missions research, I often hear this phrase, especially when I’m talking with someone who’s passionate about their people group: “There’s nothing happening here.” It can be a difficult phrase. What does it mean? What do we mean by “nothing” … Continue reading

Money on missions vs Halloween pet costumes

It’s that time of year again – time for a review of what we spend on Halloween vs. foreign missions. We spend a lot on dog food, and it’s sometimes compared to what we spend on missions (rightly or wrongly). Globally, we … Continue reading

Every place and people group needs a worker, and a thought about monitoring

Romans 10 puts it succinctly:’ For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:13-14 Every place and people … Continue reading