When I say that I'm lonely, it's not so much that there aren't people around; it's that I miss a connection with people who have known me for years.
You don't have to have a large church and a thriving economy to start sending missionaries.
Old advice from a Pope to a missionary to the English, which is still very relevant today.
Some thoughts on the language that we use to describe people from different parts of the world than our own.
This post is brought to you by the number 4! The title captures the gist.
The church is growing faster than it ever has done before and the world mission force is more diverse than at any time in history. We should be encouraged by these things - but we can't afford to be complacent.
Rather than saying God is a missionary God and therefore we should do mission, we might be better saying that God is holy and that we should be holy. This doesn't mean that we don't do mission - but it shapes the way we go about it.
We know that the number of bums on seats in a church is not a real measure of discipleship. Equally, the number of mission partners that a church supports may not indicate the church’s real engagement with mission.
If our character is an important factor in how we go about mission, then we need to ensure that the right supporting structures are in place.
Some thoughts about things that must be present if we are going to call an activity "mission".