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Living In Uncertain Days

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Washington, D. C.; New York, New York; London, England; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Moscow, Russia; and now Paris, France. What do all of these cities have in common? Well, in the light of the tragedy of last week, the answer … Continue reading

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Influences of Culture

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A person native to a culture often does not perceive the subtle influence of that culture. That all changes when a missionary enters his host culture. Everything is different, he feels, smells, senses all the differences in an overwhelming cacophony of stimuli. Continue reading

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Symptoms of Culture Shock

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Duane Elmer gives the following helpful list as symptoms of culture shock in his book, Cross Cultural Connections. If you are going through culture shock this list may not lessen the pain you are feeling right now, but it can help you identify what is really going on. Continue reading

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Mission Prayer Letters Need To Be Mobile Friendly

Possibly the most revealing piece of data collected from a survey which included responses from 1,497 smartphone users, is that 75 percent of users say they are “highly likely” to delete an email that does not display well on mobile. Continue reading

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2014 IBMGlobal Conference Announcement

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The next annual IBMGlobal Conference will be held Sunday April 27 through Friday May 2, 2014. Please mark the date in your calendar and plan to attend! Continue reading

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We are 30 and growing!

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The third annual IBMGlobal Conference was held April 22-25th. Speakers dealt with a variety of personal development and growth issues during the four days of seminars. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading

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IBMGlobal Annual Conference

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The Candidate Conference is a time for missionaries, candidates, pastors and church leaders involved in the mission programs to come together to discuss issues pertaining to mission outreach, strategy, current trends in missions, relationships, cultural adjustment and the primacy of the local church in missions. Continue reading

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Deputation And The Local Church

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We hadn’t meant to fall in love with this church plant; we’d meant to come to Denver, get some church planting experience and leave for the mission field a year later. God’s way was different, and the first thing that our new pastors did was slow us down. Actually, they told us we weren’t ready three different times. Those delays were critical for the development that we needed, but they were hard. First, the pastors invited me to become a pastoral intern so that I could be developed in leading a church and then be sent out as a pastor if God wanted me to plant churches. Continue reading

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Church Planting: Discipleship From Day One

One mistake church planters make is not incorporating a comprehensive approach to discipleship from day 1 of the new church plant. Continue reading

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The Need for Theological Education in the Global South

The following statistics provide a snapshot of the underlying reality of the Christianity sweeping through what is being called the “Global South.”

Eighty-five percent of churches in the world are led by men and women who have no formal training in theology or ministry.
If every Christian training institute in the world operated at 120 percent capacity, less than 10 percent of the unequipped leaders would be trained.
Eight out of ten nationals who come to the west to receive training never return home.
Leaders from every non-Western region say their number one need is leadership training. Continue reading

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