Topic: Spiritual Growth

November 26, 2015
How Do We Deal With 'Problem People' and People Struggling With Mental Health in our Churches?

The following six facts will be universally true about our churches. Someone has had a problem in our church this week. We have everything we need in the gospel to help that person with that problem (2 Peter 1:3). People seek help from family members, friends, and pastors before they go to healthcare professionals about […]

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October 30, 2015
What's the Greatest Challenge to Evangelism and Discipleship in Deprived Communities in the West?

Erik Raymond is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska and has a blog, The Ordinary Pastor, on The Gospel Coalition. In this video, Erik explains that one of the greatest challenges to evangelism and discipleship in Western deprived communities is a lack of workers—Jesus asks us to pray for labourers. “The […]

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May 25, 2015
How to Deal with Culture Shock in Cross-Cultural Ministry

Gloria Furman is the author of Glimpses of Grace, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, and The Pastor’s Wife. She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with her husband Dave, a pastor, and their four children. Gloria is a member of Redeemer Church of Dubai and blogs at www.gloriafurman.com. In this video, Gloria tells […]

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April 9, 2015
Show Me the Money: Dealing with Debt

Last week I was watching a BBC documentary looking at an area in Wales where people spent the most money on beautifying themselves. The programme studied men and women spending all they had (and didn’t have) on looking good. They had personal trainers, hair extensions, fake tan, teeth whitening sessions, and one guy even spent […]

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April 2, 2015
Can We Read and Understand the Bible if We're Not Experts? (3)

The Bible is a big book. For a lot of our people within the schemes it is a VERY big book. Within its pages we find lots of different kinds of literature: poetry, prophecy, history, narrative, letters, and apocalyptic writings. It’s hardcore. Understanding it correctly is not easy, but it is certainly not impossible. We […]

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March 31, 2015
Can We Read and Understand the Bible if We're Not Experts? (2)

The Bible is a big book. For a lot of our people within the schemes it is a VERY big book. Within its pages we find lots of different kinds of literature: poetry, prophecy, history, narrative, letters, and apocalyptic writings. It’s hardcore. Understanding it correctly is not easy, but it is certainly not impossible. We […]

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March 24, 2015
Can We Read and Understand the Bible if We're Not Experts? (1)

The Bible is a big book. For a lot of our people within the schemes it is a VERY big book. Within its pages we find lots of different kinds of literature: poetry, prophecy, history, narrative, letters, and apocalyptic writings. It’s hardcore. Understanding it correctly is not easy, but it is certainly not impossible. So, […]

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February 12, 2015
Is There Much of a Reading Culture in Poor Communities?

I want to do a longer blog about this at a later date, because there is a lot of misinformation about literacy and the poor. But, for now, you may be interested in this interview I did for 9marks along with some other brothers working around the world in poor communities. Enjoy.

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January 27, 2015
How Should a Church Planter Lead His First Ever Prayer Meeting?

There are 10 people in your living room. They’ve come to a prayer meeting about a potential church plant in the area. Now, they have come to pray, but they’ve also come to suss you out. They want to know what you’re about, what your plans are, what the vision is, and on that basis […]

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December 8, 2014
Tips for Church Planting in the Schemes: A Prayerful Team

This is the first on a series of posts on how to approach church planting in the schemes. There isn’t one clear way to plant a church in a housing scheme. There are multiple ways to approach the ministry. Pioneer a church plant from scratch. Take a team of believers with you into an area […]

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