Church Growth and the Global South: Toward a Biblical and Missional Ecclesiology

This weekend I’ll be presenting this paper at the Southeast Regional Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) meeting. You can download the paper here. I welcome your thoughts and feedback!

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2 thoughts on “Church Growth and the Global South: Toward a Biblical and Missional Ecclesiology

  1. As a body of believers that are diverse, I would say it’s okay that some may see it more important to “go” because that is their apostolic calling while others see the need to stay and see “growth” as being priority because that is their calling as a teacher. This reminds me of the importance of a quote from you that I once heard, “passion without humility causes division.” (I think I got that right?) Would you say that some disciples (today and in the book of Acts) are gifted to “go” (frontier missions) while others are more gifted to focus on “growth” (holistic missions)? Should we as individuals focus on both like you mentioned that Paul did or should we as a church or mission organization focus on doing both, some filling the role as apostles and some filling the role as teachers?

    • Great question Mark! I do think as a missions organization we should have an emphasis on the “go” aspect. But I also think that the “growth” aspect can serve the “going” if we focus on growth as a matter of discipling for missions. So, I don’t think its one or the other, because as you said, the body of Christ is diverse with many gifts and callings. But I think we have to be careful to preserve the forward movement of missions and that requires prioritizing. It doesn’t mean other things are non-essential; they just fit into the puzzle at a different place.

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