NOTE: I am coming at this as a typical white American. I cannot speak to KKK, hate groups, etc. because I simply do not understand that stuff. I am only addressing black and white issues because of what happened over the past couple of weeks. There is certainly racism towards refugees, immigrants, Latinos, Native Americans, … Continue reading CONFESSIONS OF A REDEEMED WHITE MAN-WHAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY WANTS TO KNOW FROM WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RASICM
NOTE: If you haven't done so already, please read the first blog post to this series- PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON'T LOVE Father, I pray we, as followers of Jesus, can love opposing political parties. I am guilty of not loving people I do not agree with. It hurts when political decisions … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: OPPOSING POLITICAL PARTY
NOTE: If you haven't done so already, please read the first blog post to this series- PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON'T LOVE Father, I know I have racism in my heart. I believe we all do. I believe all people from all races do, but let me focus on myself. Please find … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: RACISM
Something I have learned about prayer is that prayer usually moves and changes my heart. You see, when we pray for someone or something, God positions our heart where it needs to be. It is truly a miracle, and I mean miracle! Think about the miracle of loving your enemy that Jesus and the disciples … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON’T LOVE
Hello everyone, Like many of you, we are trying to figure out where to go from here in life and as a ministry to see how we can best help and reach people in this difficult time. Although nobody knows how long this country will be in this situation, we are treating this situation as … Continue reading ACTION STEPS DURING THE CRISIS
What a joy it has been to walk alongside our Insiders: Yadir, Ania, Danny, Sayo, Murama, and Grace! We are in year three since we started the Insiders Fund and we can hardly believe the fruit we have seen from it. In the first two years, our team saw well over 100 Churches started and we believe that … Continue reading HELP KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!
Note: I am not one who has the role of the Holy Spirit, the gifts, and the supernatural figured out. I have been on a long and difficult journey to figure it out, but I have learned some things along the way in regards to church planting. I had to confess to my Board and … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHURCH PLANTING
This is the most common question I have been asked in the last few years. I believe the answer is YES. Jesus says the harvest is plentiful, so I do not think he meant that only in certain countries. I have heard countless people say it cannot happen and when leaders share that belief, that … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: CAN A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT HAPPEN IN AMERICA?
If I could rewind almost 20 years of ministry, I would change one significant thing. I thought it was my job to recruit as many church people (usually white Americans) as I could to reach the people groups I was trying to reach. Not only was it mostly ineffective as far as church planting because … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: REACHING YOUR OWN OIKOS VS CROSS-CULTURAL WORK
To note: Insiders are internationals who we have trained or added to our team for the purpose of reaching their own or similar people groups here in America. Also to note: when I say Americans, I mostly mean white Americans because from my experience, this makes up the majority of church planters whom I know … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: AMERICANS VS INSIDERS
One of the couples on our team met and started discipling a woman (believer) in Disciple Making Movements (DMM) who was selling pupusa's (a traditional Salvadoran dish) to make enough money so she could support herself in her own city and so she could travel to other countries to share the gospel and encourage other believers. … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE
For most of my ministry life, I refused to even build relationships with believers inside the communities I was working in. Why? Because I thought I was simply obeying God and the Great Commission by reaching nonbelievers. I would have networks of believers outside of the communities I was working in, mostly white Americans (because … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: START WITH BELIEVERS OR NONBELIEVERS?
Lately, many people have wanted to know how in the last two years Loving All Peoples has planted 100 Discovery Groups, most of which were started in the U.S. and are now spreading to other countries and cities. So, I thought I would share these keys that have been so influential for us and then … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: HOW WE PLANTED 100 DISCOVERY GROUPS