Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering

Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting.


Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.


I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare that one of the reasons why the church or mission exists is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Measure outcomes, not activities.


NORP Think and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

NORP Think and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

NORP = Normal Ordinary Responsible Person


The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. Although America is home to only about 1/20 of the world’s population, we house almost 1/4 of the world’s prisoners.

Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?

Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?

The Roman formula is for the faithful to receive the bread and for the priest to drink the wine.


I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some 2,000 sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in a pew, taking in the sights of The Town Church (Stadtkirche) of Wittenberg, I could almost hear his thunderous insights mixed with stories and applications fitting for his audience in this German town in the early 1500s.

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too.


We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. It’s the phrase we used in college to commemorate basically any achievement from a victory in intramural sports to a surprisingly good grade in ECON 101.

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks "God's Gospel Saturation."


Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish?

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.


I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used to be, but in many cases is uncertain of what it should be.

Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It? (Part Two)

Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It? (Part Two)

TEAM missionaries research teamwork.


Read Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It?, Part One (Disappointments with the Team; Restoring the Team).

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

We are sinful and desperately in need of rescue.


In today’s culture, claims of exclusivity are met with the resistance of a tired toddler pushing back a plate of broccoli. This is especially true of religious claims. Religious pluralism is more palatable for Western society and this worldview rules the day.

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