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In an age where unbiblical practices abound, commitment to not only biblical theology but also biblical practice is becoming increasingly rare. More than ever before, missionaries and scholars need to be equipped to apply biblical principles to the way they do missions. Find answers to your questions about Insider Movement, mission strategy, and more plus practical articles that will equip you for success in ministry.

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What’s Wrong with Western Missionaries

What’s Wrong with Western Missionaries

Their words almost knocked me over. They hit me like a horse hoof to the gut. When I was a young boy, I helped my father train quarter horses. And we always felt the danger of being the recipient of a wayward hoof. One day, not paying close attention, I was kicked,...

Why Campus Revivals Spark Missionary Advance

Why Campus Revivals Spark Missionary Advance

J. Edwin Orr (1912-1987) was a Christian minister and revival historian. In this short overview originally published in a missions textbook in 1983, Orr tells the story of some of the greatest college revivals in history and their impact on missions. Can you Imagine...

The Secret of Discipling

The Secret of Discipling

Discipling Disciples? Why have we Christians turned discipling, the verb, into discipleship, the noun? I am a pastor of discipleship, but why am I not called a pastor who disciples disciplers? I suppose the answer to the last question is that the title would be more...

Why We Partner in International Student Ministry

Why We Partner in International Student Ministry

There are millions of needs around the world, and millions of ways to invest in those needs. With all the needs around the world, why should someone invest their time and energy in seeing international students reached with the gospel? During my time in ministry, God...

FAQ on Insider Movements

FAQ on Insider Movements

This FAQ deals with a missionary methodology popular in the evangelical world called “insider movements.” It is also known as C5 contextualization among other terms. This response to it was compiled by national church leaders, including those from Muslim backgrounds...

Identity, Security, and Community

Identity, Security, and Community

Synopsis: God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Jesus is truth (John 14:6). God incarnated as Word (John 1:1). Jesus was anointed to preach and proclaim (Luke 4:18-19). We have been sent in...

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Next to David Brainerd's Life and Letters, Henry Martyn's missionary zeal and legacy as a pioneer missionary and translator as captured in The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn (John Sargent) has become a classic in the modern missions movement. Martyn served in India...

Sending Missionaries in Ways Worthy of God

Sending Missionaries in Ways Worthy of God

"You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God" (3 John 1:6). In this passage a senior elder of the church commends Gaius for the way that he took great care of people who “went out in the Name” of Jesus. He asks him to continue doing so...

Eschatology and the “Need for Speed” Missions

Eschatology and the “Need for Speed” Missions

The approach that a missionary or evangelist employs can be greatly influenced by their home culture. Imagine two missionaries: the first from a culture that values respect at all costs, and the second that values success at all costs. How might this show up in their...

Did the Apostles Proclaim an Honor Shame Gospel Part 1

Did the Apostles Proclaim an Honor Shame Gospel Part 1

As I was writing this article my wife and I were reading The Soul of Shame. I say “reading” but we were doing more than reading. We also shed tears and talked at length about how we had both listened to and transmitted shame to others, not the least of which were...

Reaching Muslims: A Practical Approach

Reaching Muslims: A Practical Approach

Praise God for Georges Houssney and his ministry reaching Muslims! In Engaging Islam(2013), Houssney distills his years of experience of both living in a predominantly Muslim country and reaching Muslims with the Gospel into a...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

We will begin this final article with a review. So far we have looked briefly at six of ten characteristics of the Insider Movement methodology promoted among some missions groups today. This movement exists with intent to reach Muslims and other unreached people...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 3 of 4

In this series' study of the Insider Movement (IM), I highlight ten characteristics of this methodological missions movement. Insider methodology is focused on being an effective way to reach Muslims with the good news of Jesus. However, the problems with the movement...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 2 of 4

In the first installment in this series on the Insider Movement (IM), I discussed the definitions of terms (Insider and Contextualization) used to help describe what the Insider Movement is about. In this article we will look at the first three of ten characteristics...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 1 of 4

In this series of articles we will look at a methodological approach being used in some areas of the world to reach Muslims and other unreached people groups with the good news of Christ. In missions circles, this methodology is commonly referred to as the “Insider...

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