If I was to say to you that it is likely we are approaching the end of Christendom, what feelings does that evoke? Such a proposition may seem usettling at first, but the Church flourished before Christendom and will continue to flourish post Christendom, if it’s end should come.
In this article, D.A. Carson encourages us to become global in our awareness and compassion. Cultural sensitivity and flexibility must become tools to enable us to address the challenges of cross-cultural evangelism wisely and courageously, rather than ends in themselves.
In episode 4 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Todd Gerst, a church planter and Bible translator who worked among an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea. Listen as we discuss what Todd thinks is the single biggest factor in effective church planting in a least-reached people group.
It all started with a very simple approach. Truck drivers come to the ports for work, but sometimes, they have to wait days or even weeks for loads. Because of that, the ports really function like small cities. The drivers eat there and congregate together to pass the time. Read how some Gospel Workers and some national believers began going to the port in their city and just asking the drivers if they had time to hear a story.
Richard Trudgen was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. He’s now been working with Yolŋu people for over 40 years. Richard shares some important insights into the value of learning a minority language.
With just a surface reading of The Book of Acts any casual reader will see that time and again, one chapter after another, obstacles and barriers were there every inch of the way. It’s no different today for the unstoppable Gospel Church.
At Connect we value the local church. While we value discipleship, and practice it, we believe it is as part of a local church that ministry is best learned and developed. So, while being equipped to “go to the ends of the earth” or “to the world next door”, give yourself to your local church, belong to it, help build it and pray for it. Read more in the article from Matt Sheffer.