Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding culture is crucial to a church's effectiveness.


Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Saturday is for Seminars—The LifeWay Pastors Breakfast at the SBC in St. Louis

Saturday is for Seminars—The LifeWay Pastors Breakfast at the SBC in St. Louis

LifeWay hosts an important breakfast at the SBC annual meeting.


This week I want to take a moment to highlight a leadership meeting in my own tribe, the Southern Baptist Convention. This breakfast, sponsored by LifeWay, is open to messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting this June in St. Louis.

Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

Church planting is a key to advancing the kingdom of God.


My first pastoral role was starting a church. My first book was on church planting. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the subject. My first seminary job was teaching church planting.

Some might say I’m obsessed. But I will say I am convinced. I am convinced that church planting is, and will always remain, a key part in the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Weekend Edition—April 29, 2016

Weekend Edition—April 29, 2016

Jesus' skin color, religion in school, hiring mistakes, and more!


Why Jesus’ Skin Color MattersChristena Cleveland

Context always matters, and this is doubly true when understanding the life of Christ.

Evangelism or “Elevator Pitch”?

Evangelism or “Elevator Pitch”?

The offer of salvation isn't a sales pitch.


What's the distinction between evangelism and an elevator pitch? If you look at how we actually do evangelism, can you see a real difference in practice?

Is it true most methods of evangelism are little more than elevator pitches? Do you recoil at the suggestion? Most people I know would object. Why?

Dissertations that are Needed Today

Dissertations that are Needed Today

Work to add to the body of human knowledge.


The function of graduate work is to make specialists out of generalists. There is nothing wrong with being a generalist, but generalists are aggregators of knowledge. Specialists have an opportunity to add to the realm of human knowledge.

Ph.D. study refines the specialty of the specialist, revealing knowledge the generalist learns later.

Why Christ Our “First Love” Transforms Our Witness

Why Christ Our “First Love” Transforms Our Witness

Love for Christ is evangelism's compelling force.


When I was in the early stages of my doctoral studies in evangelism, I attended the local art exhibit of a friend. Many people from the community were there, including a gentleman I knew from a secular community organization of which we are both a part.

5 Future Trends of Church Planting

5 Future Trends of Church Planting

Church planting trends for now and the future


Thom Rainer has stated, “Trend prediction is both an art and a science.” The science is the data and the art is the practice. And by putting the two together we can see current trends and predict future movement.

Sunday Journeys: Cross Church in NW Arkansas, with Ronnie Floyd

Sunday Journeys: Cross Church in NW Arkansas, with Ronnie Floyd

Cross Church pastor Ronnie Floyd focuses on prayer.


The five campuses of Cross Church have multiple Sunday AM starting times for worship. I started at the Springfield campus early service at 9:15.

It’s a more traditional looking building, but the inside is updated. This campus has a choir and a worship team. They work hard to blend the traditional and the contemporary. And, as you can imagine, it was quite well done.

Saturday is for Seminars—Amplify Conference

Saturday is for Seminars—Amplify Conference

Join me at the Amplify Conference at Wheaton College!


Amplify Conference, June 28-30, 2016—Wheaton, IL

Click here to register for the Amplify Conference. We are getting close—register soon!

Coming Soon

April 23-24, 2016
Christ Fellowship Miami

Miami, FL

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