When we were preparing to come to Tanzania, we said we’d do 10 years, and we purposely put a time limit on it. We are not ‘career missionaries’: our goal has been to build up Tanzanian believers and movements, such that our input is no longer needed. In the development sector […]
Have you seen this article doing the rounds? Aside from the assumptions that missions is (a) to unreached people groups and (b) that those unreached peoples are poor, Nik Ripkin raises some super important issues that can be considered beyond the immediate context he is addressing, which is persecuted Christians in […]
At St Andrew’s Hall, the learning centre for CMS Australia, our friends have just launched a six-part video course called Mission Mindset. The course outline begins, Rather than seeing ‘mission’ as something ‘special’ Christians do, the church is increasingly communicating that Jesus sends us out to continue his work and […]
This post is part of a series. A few years ago, I was on a parish council which received a request from a Korean congregation: would we be open to them using our building? It didn’t sound like a merger or even a partnership, just a congregation looking for a […]
Some of us Christians in the West are claiming grave concerns about religious liberty and/or the decline of Western society. And we Christians are clearly losing the influence we once had. A lot of Christian commentary and ‘cultural analysis’ is coloured with these anxieties. What’s the world coming to? Are […]
As I shift back and forth between the two contexts of Australia and Tanzania, I see two overarching and related issues in play. One is to do with the nature of ‘world mission’ and cross-cultural ministry, the other is to do with the church’s situation in Australian society. In standard […]
In the last six months we made these three short videos for our Aussie church networks — on blessing, cross-cultural ministry, and ascension.