Category Archives: Missional

Online Mission Trips is now Gospel Adventures! from Lutheran Hour Ministries

What is Gospel Adventures? Much of the church’s enthusiasm today for evangelism and mission involvement is fueled by opportunities for “hands-on” service and learning with Christians around the world. Parishioners travel across the globe to meet, work with, and witness … Continue reading

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Ways of Praying for Our Communities in our Communal Worship Services

Chris Schoon shares some very helpful ways in which we can pray for the people who live in our communities in our worship services.  He writes, Mission unfolds in our homes and backyard gardens. Mission extends across generations and welcomes … Continue reading

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Two Approaches to Church Revitalization — Scott Gress

A pretty common challenge among churches has to do with the number of people in the pews on Sunday morning. In the words of a sainted mentor of mine from years ago, “there is more wood than people” meaning there … Continue reading

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Then & Now: The Nature of Spiritual Conversations — A Free Online Course Offered by Lutheran Hour Ministries

Lutheran Hour Ministries has developed a new free course in witnessing.  The most recent course is: Then and Now: The Nature of Spiritual Conversations. Spiritual conversations have changed in America in the past few decades. Navigating these changes can be … Continue reading

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Three Hazardous Assumptions About Making Disciples — Scott Gress

Rev. Scott Gress discusses three faulty assumptions church leaders often make when it comes to engaging Jesus’ followers in their spiritual growth. In a blog post, he observes: We make a lot of assumptions about what we do and how … Continue reading

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Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age

Evangelism has changed in the past quarter century. The ways Christians share, how often they engage in spiritual conversations and their goals for sharing faith are different. And in a culture where relativism is the norm and fewer believe in … Continue reading

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“There Is No Sinner For Whom Christ Did Not Die” — Samuel Nafzger

As a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, there is hope for all of us! Dr. Samuel Nafzger reminds us of this truth in the following excerpt from his article that is published in the Concordia Journal: … Continue reading

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Globally, Billions Have Never Heard the Gospel

The Lutheran Laymen (July-August 2018) reports that “Close to 90 percent of mission endeavors by North Americans is done among people who already have access to the Good News of Jesus Christ.” (p. 7) Lutheran Hour Ministries is trying to … Continue reading

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The Message of God’s Word Does Not Change But It Does Translate!

The following excerpt is from Gerhard Bode’s article, “Knowing How to Live and Die: Luther and the Teaching of the Christian Faith” in the Concordia Journal. Lamin Sanneh observed that in its history, the Christian church has been adept at … Continue reading

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“Each Christian is a missionary sent out by God into his own circle of activity to convert others to Christ” — C.F.W. Walther

C.F.W. Walther, the first President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, expresses the truth that every Christian is sent by the Lord to be a representative of Jesus: Not only, however, is this [to see another person recognize Jesus … Continue reading

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