How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: The Pastor

by Jeff Straub Seminary professors who come to the classroom with missionary and pastoral experience can offer immense practical value to men preparing for ministry. I recently observed my fortieth anniversary of preaching the gospel. I began vocational ministry a few years later, in the fall of 1980, and spent a total of nineteen years in ministry in Canada: eleven as a supported missionary in Manitoba and then another eight years as a missionary-supporting pastor in southern Ontario. When I … [Read more...]

Millennials – Why the Next Generation Will Change the Way We Do Missions

Mark Vowels, Director of Missions, Bob Jones University … [Read more...]

Biblical Slave Leadership

At a time when our world seems desperate for effective leaders, the church has the opportunity to display Biblical leadership. From the individual leadership of one's personal life, to the domestic leadership of family life, to the public leadership of ministry settings -- at all levels and in all arenas, we must be Biblical leaders. Jesus taught His disciples a leadership style that contrasted markedly with the philosophy of His day. "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over … [Read more...]

In Rememberance of Me

The Communion Service is an essential ministry for many reasons. The truths represented in Communion are the fundamental doctrines that set Christianity apart from any other religion. Those truths need to be presented and defended. According to some, doctrine has become a bad word that narrows and limits the ministries of the church; but our foundation rests upon the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and imminent return of Christ. Those central doctrines are all presented in the ordinance … [Read more...]

Chief: Leadership Lessons From a Village In Africa

Leadership is simple... but difficult. In a remote village in Africa where the author grew up, the noise of Western life fades away to reveal the drumbeat of 20 basic leadership principles. This book uses cultural examples and wildlife illustrations to observe leadership in its most primitive form. By Paul Seger Available now at Amazon.com. Paperback Kindle format … [Read more...]

Federal Intervention in Higher Education

Kevin T. Bauder The federal government is changing its policy toward higher education, and the changes could affect every Christian college and seminary in the nation. The net effect of these changes is a significant federal takeover of the educational process. The vehicle through which the changes are being pursued is accreditation, but non-accredited institutions are likely to feel the bite of federal regulation. In order to understand the changes, you have to understand how accreditation … [Read more...]

Are Mission Agencies Really Needed?

Dr. David Little, President Baptist Church Planters Grafton, OH Email For many years most churches have required missionaries to be connected to a credible agency. Many churches have this requirement in their by-laws. Why? At the top of the list is accountability, both to the sending church and supporting churches. Churches want to know that financial and legal requirements are being addressed. Most churches do not feel they can adequately meet the needs of their missionaries without the … [Read more...]

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Crisis Consulting InternationalBible visuals International Barnabas File … [Read more...]

Christ Alone – An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins

As you may well know, Rob Bell's recent book, Love Wins, has become a New York Times best seller.  A professing evangelical, his view of heaven, hell and the eternal destiny of every person who has ever lived is contradictory to biblical teaching. In a recent FOM book review I gave to you a biblical response by Kevin DeYoung. This book by Michael E. Wittmer, Ph.D,  systematic & historical theology professor at Grand Rapids theological Seminary, in greater detail uncovers the fallacy of such … [Read more...]

Love Wins: a Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

Recently a book review came to my attention which I think would be very helpful to you in recognizing a growing movement stateside, which eventually travels across the sea to countries far and wide. I am sure that you have heard of the “Emergent Church Movement” that has been spreading its errant wings across the land for several years. One of the main spokesperson is Rob Bell, who pastors Mars Hill Church in Grandville, a Grand Rapids, MI, suburb. Since its inception, maybe ten years ago, it … [Read more...]