Monday, October 7, 2013

The Church In America Is Not Dying

"Christianity may be losing its top-down political and cultural influence, but Jesus spoke of His followers making an impact in a very different manner. He taught that God's kingdom was subversive and underground. He used examples like yeast, which changes things from the inside, and mustard seeds, which are small and must be planted in order to grow up and out.
As the distinctions between Christians and an ever-growing post-Christian culture emerge, we will have to set aside any nominal belief systems and become active agents of God's Kingdom. The answer is not found in waging cultural wars incessantly, or in making a theological shift to the left to pacify a culture offended by the gospel. The answer is in all of God's people, changed by the power of the gospel and propelled by love, moving into the mission field as agents of gospel transformation."

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

MOP 2013

The Missionary Orientation Program is a one-week, intensive missionary equipping program that aims to provide young people and church leaders foundational training for cross-cultural ministry. Instructors, representing three organizations (CMMLMSC Canada, and Emmaus Bible College) all share missionary experience and a passion for missions.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Breakthrough language-learning tool

Turning points in history require the merging of two elements: need and ingenuity. One without the other will seldom spark the fire that brings about change. This story tells of a need: more efficient language acquisition. It also tells of a young couple in missionary orientation who, armed with ingenuity, caused a shift that is revolutionizing the language-learning process.

Here's the story behind CLAware ("clay -ware"): Following the Tracks

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Languages on the verge of extinction

National Geographic features this interactive map of the world that shows "Language Hotspots" places on the globe where languages are trending toward extinction.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Proportional world map

SHOW®/WORLD is a fascinating way to look at the world: countries are sized in proportion to their rank on different issues, such as: population,various causes of death, illiteracy, health issues, crop resources, environmental issues, war, and many other.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Program re-assessment

The Assessment process has helped us (the ICS department) to clarify and organize what, and when, and why we're to do doing what we do. The result? A timeline of program competencies.

Prior to these conversations, courses in our program held a collection of assignments; all interesting and mostly appropriate, but largely disconnected . . . without a sense of direction and progression.

Students enjoyed the courses, and suspected that their intercultural formation was more significant than the mere sum of assignments, or of the courses checked off in their four-year planners, or of their cumulative GPA. And of course, they were right.

The timeline has helped us clarify which skills are critical, which are prerequisite to others, which is the most appropriate course to address the competency, and therefore in what order assignments should appear in a student's pilgrimage through the ICS major.

Thank you Assessment! You have inspired a re-assessment.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference

The Iron Sharpens Iron conference shaped me as a leader. I was planting churches in Mexico when I heard about ISI for the first time. So, on one of our trips back to the US we decided to attend. I was astounded at the amount of teaching, encouragement, challenge, refreshment, resources, and fellowship we found. It was after attending that first time that I decided a yearly conference should be a priority in our missionary ministry . . . and that this one was to be it.