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Discipleship and World Mission

Any discipleship training course in the UK needs to take the issue of world mission really seriously, but not for the reason you first thought of.

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Mission Strategy III: World Demographics

In what ways should the ‘shift of gravity’ of the Church impact the thinking of traditional mission agencies?

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Conference People

Reflections on the WEA Missions Commission Conference: I am grateful for the opportunity to listen to some remarkable church leaders and to hear some great stories about what God is doing around the world; it’s just a shame that the majority of the conference did not live up to the promise of the two short sessions given over to these stories.

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Church People

I heard some amazing stories last week. There was the large South African church which was running social involvement and evangelistic programmes across the country and in other African nations. A small church in Singapore is planting churches and running schools in Cambodia; this may not sound much, but when you learn that the pastor’s wife died for her faith while helping one of these schools it all gets a little more serious. We heard about a West African denomination which is looking to plant churches in every village in their…

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Mission People

  There are some wonderful people involved in mission work. I’ve just returned from the rather grand sounding World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission Conference and over the next few days, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and experiences. My next couple of posts will say something about the content of the conference itself, but my overriding memory of the four days, is not of the work sessions, but of the people I got to share my time with. It was good to bump into a few Wycliffe friends…

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Evangelical Churches and Overseas Mission

This is the closing paragraph from a superb reflection on the place of mission today by theologian and church leader, Steven Holmes. Please go and read the whole thing. And so we live in this place where UK evangelicalism has lost its missionary vision, and cannot, yet, embrace a new one. Mission weekends are now an oddity amongst our churches; interest in global mission is perceived as a strange and specialist concern. This is a far-reaching, and (I believe) potentially disastrous shift in our evangelical identity; I am convinced that…

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More on UK Church Culture and Global Interaction

Over the last few days, I’ve been venting my frustration about the way in which people who are asked to speak about cross-cultural mission often have very little background or understanding of the subject (here and here). However, perhaps the most important issue in all of this is the very biblical principle that we should be quick to listen and learn and slow to speak. Could it be that the most important message of cross-cultural mission, today, is that we need to start learning from others rather than assuming that they…

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What Mission Speakers Don’t Understand About Mission

In which I suggest three ways in which many mission speakers do not always reflect the reality of mission today.

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Who is Serving Whom: A Dilemma for Short Term Mission?

There are some serious issues associated with short-term mission trips, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them, it means me need to address the questions and do them better!

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The Five-Percent

The “world languages” of Europe determine to a great extent how theology is done and which questions are posed. With ninety-five percent of the world’s population having access to at least a portion of Scripture translated in a language they understand the five-percent minority remains significantly neglected. This five percent includes over three hundred million people and more than two-thirds of the worlds languages. From a linguistic perspective, these minority-language speakers are the poor. Not only are they generally poor socially, economically and politically, but they are oppressed religiously by…

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