I got an email this morning form the Barna Group and noticed that they were selling Alan Hirsch’s book for $10 plus s&h. This is a fantastic book on missional engagement.

Too many churches in America are failing to make disciples of non-disciples. The mission of many churches is internally focused on more people, more money, and more buildings, rather than externally focused on the mission of Jesus.

Missionaries are needed to transform America. Local churches must prepare missionaries for both global and local ministry. Jesus is the One who sends; local churches are to prepare those whom He is sending.

Transformational leadership is critical to transforming the mission of local churches.

As we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ this month, I want to share with you some thoughts from Henri Nouwen in his classic book The Return of the Prodigal Son

Dr. James Choung is teaching a Bethel Seminary course this fall in San Diego on Missional Leadership Development. He introduces five themes needed for a missional leadership developer:

One of the most challenging books I’ve read on prayer is by E.M. Bounds,

We are missionaries to the United States with OC International. We are focused on equipping and empowering pastors and church planters to embrace missional practices, and partnering together with leaders to strategically multiply churches to reach our nation and the nations among us.

My grandfather had a great love for God’s Word. He also had an obsession with numbers. Many years ago he shared with me the “Tree of Life Biblical Knowledge”:

I started Lake Hills Church when I was 25 years old. I had just graduated from seminary – and somehow I was just naive enough to think that I could do it.