I was part of a UK Twitter conversation about the place of the church and the ‘parachurch.’ Eddie Arthur then responded on his blog, and what he said got me thinking: DNA: you can trace the origins of church congregations back to the New Testament. There has been a lot […]
Tamie and I have been seeking appointment by a missions organisation called CMS Australia. For us, this is the equivalent of ordination, as I mentioned in 2009. We’re currently in the thick of the CMS application process!
Suppose a company of serious Christians, ministers and private persons, were to form themselves into a society… For all Protestant Christianity’s concern for right doctrine, it had a pretty rusty record in terms of mission during its first 200 years. But William Carey, ostensibly the father of Protestant missions, helped […]
Part 1, part 2, part 3 In this series I’ve highlighted that mission doesn’t need to be hinged to a denomination, yet missionaries will seek connections in terms of the capital-C Church, the organic Body.
Of the five ministry roles Paul refers to in Ephesians 4:11, present-day Protestant Christianity broadly recognises the pastor, the teacher and the evangelist in some form or other. The apostle, however, forms another biblical prototype for ministry.
Christian ministers talk a lot about ‘pastoral ministry’ (running a local church) and often call it ‘the ministry’. This is the established ministry path in every denomination, and denominational trainers may even present it as definitive. However, as I explored last post, parachurch and mission do not require denominational endorsement. Still, […]
These three posts track some of the things I’ve figured out for myself this year.