Author: Mike McKinley

Mike McKinley is senior pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. He is married to Karen and they have five children.
June 22, 2020
What Core Truths Should We Teach a New Christian?

God is holy, and sin is serious. But His love for sinners abounds in Christ Jesus.

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April 5, 2016
How Wealthy Churches Can Best Support Churches in Hard Places

Where our church is located, it’s a community that’s largely Spanish-speaking immigrants, many of whom are very poor. And so we’ve had to think, how do we, as a people who don’t speak Spanish, reach out to this community.

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April 1, 2016
Why Are there so Few Evangelical Churches in Hard Places?

The work is difficult . . . at times it’s frightening. . . . I think, more cynically, there’s not much money to be made, and not a lot of resources flowing back into those communities.

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March 29, 2016
Why Healthy Local Churches are the Key to Ministry in Needy Communities

I think growing local churches is the key to ministry in needy communities because it’s the key to ministry everywhere.

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March 25, 2016
How Can We Encourage Socioeconomic Diversity in the Church?

There are a lot of unconscious signals or subtle signals that churches send that let people know whether you’re merely tolerated here or whether you’re actually welcome to be among us.

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March 18, 2016
What's the Greatest Challenge to Doing Evangelism and Discipleship in Hard Places?

I think most Christians don’t know how to go about sharing the gospel in a way that makes sense. And they don’t know how to go about helping someone grow in Christ, period. But I think when you add in the distance that many middle-class Christians feel culturally from people who are in poor societies, […]

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February 15, 2015
What Exactly is Poverty Anyway?

Poverty can be a tricky thing to get your mind around. Our church’s ministry brings me (Mike) into contact with different kinds of people in need. In one suburb nearby, we distribute food to Latin American immigrants who may not have the legal standing to pursue government assistance. In another suburb, we work with people […]

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