Although we believe that Jesus is the only way to a right relationship with our Heavenly Father, we also believe that God loves each cultural expression of worship to Him. We believe that He does not want us to look the same and that our diversity actually brings delight to his heart.
For All Nations, the term “neglected peoples” has always meant a people that did not have access to the Gospel. It does not refer to how poor they are in other ways or to any physical lack. We are concerned with those things too, but our first priority is to look around the world and see where people have never had a chance to hear about Jesus and then to go to those places…At the end of the day, we long to see Jesus worshipped all over the earth, and we hope our people go to places where we can help see this in our lifetime.
The third core ability of All Nations church planters is to be a healthy person on a healthy team. I know I’ve said this about all of the core abilities so far, but this one is perhaps the most important! In fact, the first three abilities are more about how we live as believers than […]
The second core ability of All Nations church planters (see previous posts for previous core abilities) is militant, passionate prayer. How this prayer is different from other kinds of prayer became obvious to me many years ago. I was praying with a group of missionaries from many different agencies. After we finished, one lady came […]
The first core ability of All Nations church planters is the Ability to Abide with Jesus Christ. This might seem obvious at first, but it can’t be overemphasized. If we can’t abide in Christ, then we can’t do anything. (John 15:4). But, what does it look like to Abide in Christ in the middle of […]
Do you know the difference between a missionary and a missiologist? Most people assume that a person with a degree in missiology will make a good missionary, but this is not always the case. In fact, if the cause of missions were to rely only on those people capable of getting advanced degrees in missions, […]
When I think about “igniting church planting movements,” I always think of a corny old worship song. “It only takes a spark to get a fire glowing…” Sadly, I don’t know if I’ve even ever sang the song or only heard others make fun of it! (Check it out if you want to get your brain […]
Make disciples. When I think of making disciples, I often wonder if it’s like making a sweater or making dinner. If I put together the right ingredients, out will pop a disciple. Right? Wrong! When I have looked up that key phrase in Matthew 28:19 about making disciples, I didn’t learn anything about making anything. […]
Train leaders. All believers are meant to be leaders. I know this is true because of 2 Timothy 2:2 and Ephesians 4. If the saints are supposed to do the works of service, then they are supposed to be leaders. The most important leaders in church planting movements are the ones who lead one or […]
As each new year begins, I set aside time to meditate on the mission statement of All Nations. I usually pray through the mission statement at least once daily, but at the new year, it’s good to step back and ask the question, “How can I uniquely be involved in making disciples and training leaders to ignite church planting movements among the neglected peoples of the earth?”