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Summer 2008

Current Theme

Expanding the Mission: Reaching Our World

Jesus was clear when He instructed the disciples to “proclaim the gospel to all nations.” Matthew tells us it was a command. Jesus went to the villages bringing a message of hope to lost people who needed forgiveness. He set the example as a shepherd searching for one sheep lost in the darkness.

Today, it is not difficult to recognize the lostness of humanity in every culture of the world. Evangelism is a response to the lostness of mankind that comes from the heart of the Father. Until every village, language, and people group has received the gospel, the work of the church is not complete.

In this mega World Missions edition, you will read challenging and informative articles by great missions leaders and pastors such as: Omar Beiler, L. John Bueno, Randy Hurst, E. Scott Martin, Randall Ross, Jean-Baptiste Sawadogo, Randy Valimont, Brad Walz, and others.

 

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Theme Articles

Going Far: Traveling Together Toward Missions Success

L. John Bueno

Learning to meld one’s personal fervor for outreach with the leading of the Holy Spirit among the wider body of Christ has a multiplying effect with eternally significant results.

The Key to the Miraculous

Randy Valimont

How sowing seed to win people to Christ will grow your church.

Churches and Missionaries: A Marriage Made in Heaven

Don James and Mark Lehmann

The growing partnership between a missionary and a church can only lead to two equally powerful expressions of God’s love and generosity: changed lives and growing churches.

Looking Beyond: Finding Faith for His Promise

Randall Ross

How faith promises will energize your church to increase its giving.

The Multiplying Church: How New Testament Practices Shaped the Assemblies of God Worldwide

Randy Hurst

As Assemblies of God World Missions has expanded its outreach during the past five decades, a clear perspective has emerged.

The Four Pillars of Missions Strategy

Russ Turney, Richard Nicholson, Mike Mcclaflin, Ron Maddux

Any integrated and comprehensive missions strategy will embrace these four objectives.

Principles of Support and Partnership in Missions

INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-BAPTISTE SAWADOGO

The national director of missions of the Burkina Faso Assemblies of God offers instructive observations concerning indigenous church issues that are sometimes controversial in the church world.

Emerging World Missions: Tapping the Potential of the Other 90 Percent of the Worldwide Assemblies of God

Brad Walz

An in-depth look at emerging world missions — what it is and what it is not.

“From Day One!” (Philippians 1:5)
Partnering With Indigenous Churches

Donald Corbin

The far-reaching implications of the indigenous church and the importance of partnership with indigenous churches around the world remain illusive for many, but not for the Assembles of God.

The Economic Crises Facing Missionaries

Greg Mundis

Missionaries serving in world-class megacities as well as in remote places are facing major financial challenges: budgeting, raising funds, cost of living, inflation, and devaluation of the dollar.

Creating Access: Discovering New Doors for the Great Commission

Omar Beiler And Jerry Parsley With Scott Harrup

A new breed of apostles is heeding Christ’s call to take the gospel into regions where there is no official recognition of or welcome for foreign followers of Christ.

Why Missions Must Be Nonpolitical: Prioritizing the Gospel of the Kingdom

Randy Hurst

Why in countries where political pressures on a church are a hindrance do indigenous churches not only survive, they thrive under the new government?

Welcome, Missionary Associates

Rick Johnson

Thanks to steps taken by Assemblies of God World Missions leadership in recent years, more short-term overseas opportunities are available than ever before.

Nurturing the Call to Missions Within the Next Generation

Janet Walker

Are churches doing enough to nurture the call to missions in the life of a child? Not according to five U.S. children’s pastors interviewed on the subject.

Short-term Missions That Last

E. Scott Martin

Nine principles to effective short-term missions trips.

Global Vision for an Ethnic Congregation

David Espinoza

How one Hispanic congregation turned its focus from reaching its own ethnic group around the world to a global vision that embraces reaching all people groups.

Q&A on AG World Missions General Issues

Questions submitted by pastors with responses from the AGWM Executive Committee.

From the General Superintendent

Chocolate Cake and Faith Promises: A Recipe for Restoration

Missions giving is like the ingredients in a chocolate cake. But the most important ingredient is faith.

 

Editorial

Ministry Matters:

Reaching Our World

Gary R. Allen

In Closing

Honoring God's Priority

Rick Cole

 

Column Articles

THEOLOGICAL ENRICHMENT

Defective Views of Salvation

W.e. Nunnally

THE GREATEST CHALLENGES OF PASTORAL CARE

Child Abuse: What should the Church do about it?

Dan Prater

MINISTRY AND MEDICAL ETHICS

Respecting Ethical Boundaries in Reproductive Medicine

Christina M.H. Powell

ORIGINAL WISDOM

David Wesley Myland’s Vision of Spiritual Fullness

Douglas Jacobsen

Q&A For The Pastor’s Wife

Attracted to Another Man

Gabriele Rienas

MANAGING YOUR MINISTRY

Organizational Development and the Church, Part Three: The Development Roles of Both Coaching and Mentoring

John Michael De Marco

Real Life Preaching

Creating Suspense

Doug Oss

Leader's Edge

Know Your Limits: How To Recognize When Ministry Takes Its Toll … and How To Stay Balanced

Danny Renard Von Kanel

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