All posts from “Missions”

9 Reasons NOT to Plant a Church in 2012 (Part 2)

January 20, 2012 12:00 AM

I visited a number of Asian countries in 2011 and was amazed at the dynamism and commitment of the young Jesus followers. One network, in a country that I will not mention, stuck out to me as an outstanding example....

9 Reasons NOT to Plant a Church in 2012

January 18, 2012 12:00 AM

"Church planting is the most effective form of evangelism under heaven," said C.Peter Wagner. I know he said that. I was there. I was a young [and good looking] Seminary student sitting in his classroom when he said it. It...

McKnight: Why Don't We Care About Global Missions

June 9, 2011 12:00 AM

If you are an Urbanite then you know that last October church leaders gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelization. It was the largest, most diverse gathering of Christian leaders in history. Our...

The Post-American Church (Part Dos)

June 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Read Part One of Skye Jethani's article, "The Post-American Church." OBSERVATION TWO: The American Church still has a vital role to play as the global church rises. In 2008, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote the best-selling book The Post-American World from...

Book Review: "Clouds of Witnesses"

May 25, 2011 12:00 AM

I’m seated at the front of a university lecture hall with representatives of five other religious traditions. Listening intently to the brief descriptions of our faiths are seventy undergraduate and graduate students, many hailing from other countries. Two weeks later...

The Post-American Church (Part Uno)

May 24, 2011 12:00 AM

A week ago I returned from a trip to Spain where I was speaking with a team of missionaries working in different regions of the country. Yes, I was suffering for the Lord on a Mediterranean beach. Apart from the...

Horror and Hope in Japan

March 14, 2011 12:00 AM

The images and stories emerging from Japan are terrible, and with the threat of nuclear meltdown still looming there may be more to come. But amid the rubble and mud, the church is offering a perspective of hope. Message from...

Ur Video: Testimony from North Korea

November 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Nearly everyone who attended the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, last month agreed that the testimony of the young North Korean woman was one of the emotional high points of the gathering. Her story of sacrifice, anger, salvation,...

One Church, Many Congregations

September 13, 2010 12:00 AM

In late April 2010, more than 50 pastors crowded into a hotel conference room in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The event organizers, a small group of pastors from Chicagoland, were expecting 25 colleagues to turn out for the meeting. But when...

Driscoll and MacDonald in Haiti

January 21, 2010 12:00 AM

Shortly after the earthquake, Mark Driscoll (Mars Hill Church in Seattle) and James MacDonald (Harvest Bible Chapel near Chicago) were on a flight to Haiti. Driscoll has been updating his Twitter and Facebook accounts with both hopeful and horrific messages....

Interview with a Street Preacher

January 4, 2010 12:00 AM

In response to my recent Out of Ur lament about street preachers, many Urbanites vigorously defended those who take to the streets to preach. I’m used to dissenting opinions here at Ur, but I was surprised by how many spoke...

Doing Justice: the gift no one wants

October 7, 2009 2:16 PM

Everyone is for "justice," but as soon as anyone tries to make things more just, trouble follows. I came to this lab to hear from a panel of innovative activists who are working for justice....

Reggie McNeal: 4-phrase definition of The Missional Church

October 7, 2009 12:28 PM

Reggie McNeal, missional specialist for Leadership Network, spoke about his new book, Missional Renaissance (Wiley):...

Do It, Don't Blog It

June 22, 2009 3:48 PM

I was a guest speaker at a church, waiting for my time to go up to the platform. That's when I saw something curious. The staff person responsible for coordinating the worship service was busy typing away on her...

Ur Video: Eddie Gibbs & Mike Breen on Post-Christendom

May 7, 2009 12:00 AM

Our partner at Shapevine.com, Lance Ford, interviews Mike Breen and Eddie Gibbs about the blessings and challenges of mission as the world moves beyond the familiar trappings of Western Christianity....

Ur Wisdom: Missional

March 2, 2009 12:00 AM

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Tim Keller Weighs in on Missional Debate

December 8, 2008 12:00 AM

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has offered his two cents on the missional v. attractional conversation. You can find his comments on David Fitch's blog. I've also included a few videos in which Keller...

Defining "Missional"

December 5, 2008 4:00 PM

Everyone's debating what exactly being "missional" means. There are a number of really interesting articles floating around the web on the subject, and Alan Hirsch includes his definition in the latest issue of Leadership. Here's Michael Frost (co-author of The...

Audio Ur: Dan Kimball's Take on Being "Missional"

June 26, 2008 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago Skye Jethani had the opportunity to speak with Alan Hirsch about the definition of "missional." Hirsch expressed concern that the word was being redefined and its true meaning lost. This week Skye sat down with...

Audio Ur: Alan Hirsch Defines "Missional"

June 4, 2008 12:00 AM

The word "missional" is everywhere. But what does it mean? Is it another way of saying "seeker-focused" or "purpose-driven"? Not according to Alan Hirsch, author of The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things to Come. In this edition...

Live from Shift: Thursday Night Experiences

April 11, 2008 11:12 AM

The second day of Shift 2008 ended with the Thursday Night Experiences, aimed at having the conference extend beyond just what happens in main sessions and breakouts. To start the night, everybody began together in the main auditorium for...

Live from Shift: Mark Miller Podcast

April 10, 2008 5:09 PM

We've got our second podcast from the conference. Mark Miller is an author and pastor at Life Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He's speaking at a breakout sesssion at SHIFT on the topic of "Engaging Students in Global Justice." In...

Live from Shift: Deep Justice vs. Shallow Service

April 10, 2008 5:04 PM

Kara Powell spoke during the final session at Shift this afternoon. Powell is the director of the Center for Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. She began by bursting a pretty big bubble. Many churches have gotten...

The Brutal 'Burbs: how the suburban lifestyle undermines our mission

April 17, 2006 12:00 AM

A surge of new books have hit store shelves about the challenges facing followers of Christ who live in the suburbs. Many voices are beginning to say that the lifestyle of the affluent suburbanite, while heralded for 50 years as...

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