Bancroft

Taking the Gospel in to Send it Out: Renewal in Japan

Taking the Gospel in to Send it Out: Renewal in Japan

A growing openness, a growing interest in Christian faith, and a growing presence of people who are really witnessing Christ—these are all the things that Patric Knaak, Serge’s Area Director for Renewal, rejoices in as he reflects on his recent time in Japan.   “This is one of the most exciting times to be involved […]

By Dargan Thompson on April 20, 2017

A Song that Roots our Hope for the New Year

A Song that Roots our Hope for the New Year

It started as just another aggravating earworm. You know ‘earworms.’ They are the phrases of a sticky song that get into your brain, make a home and just play and play. Ad nauseam. Sometimes an earworm is purely instrumental, like a few bars from Fur Elise, or the theme to Star Wars. But my earworm […]

By Josiah Bancroft on January 01, 2017

Seven Key Components of Effective International Mission Programs, part II

Seven Key Components of Effective International Mission Programs, part II

See the first three Seven Key Components of Effective International Mission Programs, part I.   4 | An effective mission program requires a focused team or committee to implement the clear, shared vision of the leaders. While the pastor and elders discern the church’s calling and set the vision, it is important to have a mission […]

By Josiah Bancroft on September 01, 2016

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

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

When You Feel Ashamed: Grace for the Second Fall

When You Feel Ashamed: Grace for the Second Fall

Navigating junior high school should have been more difficult for me than it was. I was completely absorbed with reading novels and happily oblivious to the opinions of other kids around me. I actually did pretty well emotionally. But looking back, that’s a miracle. I had three cowlicks, was a bit scrawny, didn’t care about […]

By Josiah Bancroft on July 19, 2016

To Acknowledge Gratitude: Report on the Serge Mission-Wide Conference

To Acknowledge Gratitude: Report on the Serge Mission-Wide Conference

We just wrapped up the Serge Mission-Wide Conference. It happens once every three years. All of the staff from around the world come together. This time it was in Spain, chosen for its centrality and affordability. Staff came from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. There were more than 500 people there all […]

By Eileen O'Gorman on June 10, 2016

Who Me? Culturally Arrogant?

Who Me? Culturally Arrogant?

I am a generous tipper. My kids have worked in restaurants, so I know that even when the kitchen is slow or the food isn’t everything advertised, the server waiting tables can’t control that. I tend to tip well even when the server is distracted or unpolished. Everyone has bad days, right?   When we […]

By Josiah Bancroft on May 31, 2016

No Worries: Loosing Our Taste for Worry

No Worries: Loosing Our Taste for Worry

That’s what they say in Australia. ‘No worries, Mate.’ I wish that were true. But worry plagues each of us from time to time in all sorts of ways. I can worry about the future, about my family, about my work, about my health, about… on and on. I know it’s useless to worry, but knowing that and avoiding worry are two very […]

By Josiah Bancroft on May 10, 2016

From the End of the Road to a Growing Mission

From the End of the Road to a Growing Mission

Editor’s note: We recently interviewed Josiah Bancroft, Serge’s Director of Mission. We talked about strategy, values, serving in hard places, and what comes next for Serge. Serge: So what is next for Serge?   Bancroft: Our target for the next three to five years is to seek the poor, the marginalized, and those who are […]

By Andrew "Smith" on December 07, 2015