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HOW THE LOCAL CHURCH MAKES THE MISSION POSSIBLE

How will the gospel ever advance among the world’s most resistant peoples? JB, a sent one in Asia, offers his perspective straight from the front lines. His answer? The church–through the unified community of the church the world is coming to know Jesus as Lord.

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WHAT GLOBAL TERRORISM MEANS FOR THE SENDING CHURCH

In this repost from The Upstream Collective, Zach Bradley, the international missions pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, discusses what it means for churches to respond to global terrorism as they send people to the nations in obedience to the Great Commission.

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RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.

Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive. Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast’s MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.

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REDUCING THE LOSTNESS OF A CITY: ADDICTIONS

Watch as Pastor Phil Dvorak explains how Recovery Church in Lake Worth, FL has been tackling the oppressive nature of drug/alcohol/sex addictions in his city for the past 6 years and making strategic efforts to reduce the lostness.

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JOGGING LEADS TO OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY

Last spring, I decided I needed to get back into regular exercise. So I invited my national colleague, Célestin, to jog with me several days a week.

We began our morning routine—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday runs—on a route that passes by a forestry camp. We noticed on our runs that a team of camp workers gathered each morning to prep for their daily tasks that include reforesting the barren, treeless areas in our community.

During one run, I got the idea to stop and share the good news with these workers. Célestin agreed.

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PARTNERING WITH GOD TO REBIRTH OUR COMMUNITIES

Do Christians believe Jesus has an answer for racism and racial inequality? Do we think the Bible provides responses to a world of violence, both domestic and international? Does it involve more than just inviting people to a church service? Of course it does!

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EVANGELISM MADE SIMPLE

“I can’t do what you do,” says the Christian, sidling up to me sheepishly after an evangelism training session. “I’m no good with words.”

The problem is fear. We just don’t fear enough.

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WEAVING GOSPEL FLUENCY INTO EVERY SUNDAY MESSAGE

Those of us who preach have a very important role to play in developing gospel fluency in God’s people. We are called to model being gospel fluent in our everyday lives, but we are also called to equip the church in gospel fluency through our teaching and preaching ministry. So . . . how do we do that?

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GOSPEL PRESENCE AND GOSPEL RECONCILIATION

We talk a lot about being ‘missional’…engaging the culture, and going on the mission of God. And I wonder, is not the mission of God is not only to see people not only reconcile to Himself, but to see diverse bodies of people reconcile to one another as well.

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