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YOU CAN GET A MISSIONARY’S REWARD

YOU CAN GET A MISSIONARY’S REWARD

There are some people who go… some who stay.  Both are needed.  Both are rewarded. This is illustrated in the story when David and his soldiers came home to find nothing but ashes.  The enemy had ransacked the city and kidnapped their wives and children.  David took off in hot pursuit to catch them.  Along…

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The Guild as a Strategy for Raising Support

The Guild as a Strategy for Raising Support

If you think we can still fund missions the way we’ve been doing it for the last 150 years, think again. The world is different. People’s priorities and circumstances are different. Churches care far less about the Great Commission than they’d like to admit. A lot of what we call missions these days really isn’t,…

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The Power of Partnership – II

Two more qualities make partnerships powerful. Once again, we learn what they are by exploring a few passages in the New Testament. Partnerships are powerful when the partners are selfless servants. At the close of his letter to the Romans, Paul sends greetings to his friends Aquila and Priscilla—now back in Rome—and describes them as…

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The Power of Partnership – I

I once read about the dynamic partnership of a commissioned missionary, a married couple who owned their own successful business, a short-term worker and a local congregation. The carefully scripted history of North American missionary efforts over the last two centuries may have viewed such a relationship with suspicion, but it was powerful because the…

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The Beginning of the End of the World: 7 Metrics for a Sending Church

If I were to guess, having read only the first couple of chapters of Acts, from where God would launch His international missionary venture, I would have to say, “Well, from Jerusalem—where else?” It seems like a logical choice. So much happened there, after all—the Triumphal Entry, the passion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus,…

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Recruiting Missionaries

In the Bible, missionaries were recruited a little differently from the way we do it today.  We certainly don’t expect to replicate everything in the book of Acts; but we can gather some ideas.  Here is how they recruited missionaries at the church in Antioch (Acts 13): 1.  NO COLLEGES:  The local church was the…

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Achilles Heel

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was a brave hero of the Trojan War. The story line is that his Mother, Thetis, attempted to make him immortal by immersing him in the river Styx. She held him by the ankle and dipped him completely. The only part not touched by the magic water was where she…

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How is Your Leadership Bench Strength?

No, we’re not talking about your ability to bench press 200 lbs.  It’s about the strength of your team.  In ministry, it isn’t just the guys on the field.  The success of a sports team is often dependent on the quality of those on the sidelines.  Exceptional teams have strong players on the bench.  All…

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Raising Support:  Whose Job Is It?

Raising Support: Whose Job Is It?

Why do we assume it is the total responsibility of the missionary to raise his own support? Why not a network of people dedicated to ‘lock hands’ with the missionary in providing the prayer and financial support they need? There is no other profession or ministry that approaches salary this way. Can you imagine a…

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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Deputation is a word that strikes fear into the heart of many people looking at the missionary enterprise. Some have said, “I wouldn’t go around to churches and people begging for money.” Others look at missionaries as people who can’t make it anywhere else so they go looking for well-meaning churches to support them. While…

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