Articles in this category are written on various topics from the perspective of the writer.
Here is what your missionaries will not tell you in their newsletters or at your church mission conference. Here is a little of the dark side of missions.Joe Holman
So, who is this man called to plant a church? Likely, he is nothing more than a follower of Jesus, called by God to “go” with nothing more than a vision that can only come from God. But when it comes down to it, he is just someone being obedient to the will of God, and really, that is all that matters.
As YWAM Minneapolis began pondering their location, they realized that one base for the city is not enough and not even relevant to the needs that God has brought to their doorstep. God is bringing the fields of harvest to our doorstep.Timothy Svoboda
Something felt, well, wrong about the whole thing. I had gone to him for advice, some professorial counsel about choices that lay before me, as I was nearly finished with my graduate studies. I had options, six options to be exact. However, when I left his office that day, I had, well, a seventh option. The person I sought to gain some clarifying insight from for my future turned the conversation around on me. His solution to my over-abundance of career options was to reduce them to one, the one HE needed help with.Russell West
God, in everything, carries out the plan of His will. Can we trust Him as leaders?Deborah Chupp
There are 500 cities in the world with a population exceeding one million people. YWAM has a ministry presence in about 134 of them. We know that God is calling us to greatly expand our outreach with hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the world. But we have to ask ourselves how we can we go about doing that.Timothy Svoboda
Wise leaders learn from their previous experiences in cross-cultural situations. In this anecdote, Bill was well-prepared to face the physical challenges and slight inconveniences associated with his environment. One of his assumptions, however, resulted in a productive lesson learned in humility and vulnerability.William Frisbie
The combination of youth and experience can take new ground for the Gospel, but first, “more experienced” leaders might want to check out 11 characteristics I have observed from my generation.Stephen Vaughn
During a recent trip to Cuba, I was able to spend time with local leaders. All together, we served about 150 pastors that represented conservatively over 8,000 people in their churches. Here’s what I learned.Charles Stone
Frustration and fear feature strongly in change processes. Churches and Christian NGOs are no exception in my experience. Not surprising I suppose, given they are staffed by humans, not angels. But left undealt with, frustration and fear give rise to mistrust and effectively block efforts at change.Victoria Mutiso
Cynicism provides a way out of change — a response restating the issue, often humorously, and allowing for a sense of intellectual superiority before dismissing the issue out of hand. If we are honest, we must admit cynicism is quite often a cheap substitute for honest dialogue. What should we do about our cynicism?David Goodman