7 Key Components of Effective International Mission Programs, part I

7 Key Components of Effective International Mission Programs, part I

Different Church Stories, Common Elements There is no one right way to establish an effective mission program. Each time Serge helps a church start, reboot, grow, or strengthen its international mission program, it’s a unique journey influenced by the gifts, needs, callings, and passions of all the people involved. It isn’t easy work. But two […]

By Josiah Bancroft on August 30, 2016

Where Is God Calling Your Church to Go? 13 Questions to Get You There

Where Is God Calling Your Church to Go? 13 Questions to Get You There

God delights in doing amazing things—things we often think are impossible—in order to bring people into His kingdom.   The purpose of this assessment is to give you and your team an opportunity to dream about what God may be calling you to in regard to global mission. Set your “how could this ever happen?” […]

By Serge on August 26, 2016

Fight or Flight Politics

Fight or Flight Politics

My “fight or flight” response kicked in before I could swallow. My friend had interrupted our casual meeting to rehearse the latest talking points verbatim from his political candidate’s time on the morning news show. I had seen the interview and then immediately pledged to stop watching all morning news talk shows because I was […]

By Josiah Bancroft on August 23, 2016

Joy Comes in the Morning: The Unexpected Way Wisdom Comes to Us

Joy Comes in the Morning: The Unexpected Way Wisdom Comes to Us

“Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” -Psalm 30:5   Midnight, middle of South Sudan, in a small hut of mud and sticks, I’m sheltered under a mosquito net in the home of dear friends. I’ve moved into their house as part of an effort to learn the language and culture […]

By Bethany Ferguson on August 17, 2016

Standing on Giant Shoulders, Shattering World Records

Standing on Giant Shoulders, Shattering World Records

Last week, Katie Ledecky won her fourth gold and fifth medal of this Olympics, setting a new world record in the 800-meter freestyle–by 11.38 seconds. That’s 20 times the margin of many races, or more.   How do you sift through the best swimmers all over the world and come up with an individual who […]

By Jennifer Myhre on August 16, 2016

Join Us in Celebrating the Life of a Central African Boy

Join Us in Celebrating the Life of a Central African Boy

Ten-year-old Claver was admitted to our ward at Kibuye Hope Hospital two and a half weeks ago as a last resort. He had been previously hospitalized elsewhere and treated for malaria, bacterial infection, and severe anemia. But despite six blood transfusions, he continued to be severely anemic. In fact, he seemed to have worsened bloody urine after […]

By Alyssa Pfister on August 09, 2016

How to Listen Well: The Three People in a Mentoring Relationship

How to Listen Well: The Three People in a Mentoring Relationship

Listening is hard. Listening well is even harder. I spend a good chunk of my days discipling and shepherding people, and while I love this part of my work, it can sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to be present with the person who’s sharing his or her heart with me. And […]

By Lindsay Kimball on August 09, 2016

Thanks Jesus, but…

Thanks Jesus, but…

This past fall I was giving two of my best friends a tour of some of the beauty of the Ring of Kerry in western Ireland. It is an area known for gorgeous views and narrow roads. We meandered and wandered all day, stopping for picnics and pictures, enjoying the beauty–mostly in isolation, save the […]

By Karis Rigby on August 01, 2016