Missions

The Church Has Two Missions: Narrow and Broad

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.06.2017

What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”

Episode 25: On the Mission of the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.31.2017

What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow?

Mailbag #66: Is Preaching Necessary on the Mission Field? . . . Is “Closed Communion” Biblical?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.27.2017

— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?

Episode 21: On Missions

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.03.2017

Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about how local churches can more wisely support overseas work.

Did the Reformation Recover the Great Commission?

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

It’s well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core doctrines regarding salvation and worship. Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?

A Conversation about Missions with Andy Johnson

By A. Duke, A. Johnson | 09.13.2017

Our editorial manager Alex Duke sat down with author Andy Johnson to talk about his new book Missions and the importance of being intentional in our missionary endeavors.

Ignore Spiritual “Get Rich Quick” Schemes: A Call for Patient Evangelism

By Caleb Greggsen | 09.06.2017

In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.

Thinking Through the Missionary’s Influence in a New Church

By Scott Williamson | 08.04.2017

What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?

Persecution and the Wisdom of Church Polity

By Caleb Greggsen | 06.07.2017

Only a church in relative safety and comfort has the time to talk about polity. Right?

A New Resource to Teach People about the Church

Review by Vergil Brown | 05.17.2017

These resources will give both church leaders and church members a clear and compelling vision of their role in God’s work.

You Can’t Love Missions without Loving the Local Church

By Caleb Greggsen | 04.19.2017

Service in global missions and service to the local church aren’t opposed to each other—or at least they shouldn’t be.

The Triumph and Tragedy of Anglicanism’s First African Bishop

By Hunter Guthrie | 02.22.2017

What can we learn from Samuel Crowther, the Anglican Church’s first African bishop?

Western Missions and the Global Church: An Interview with Two International Christians

With Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.22.2016

In this 9Marks interview, missions pastor Andy Johnson sits down with two international Christians—”Arnold” and “Vincent”—to discuss the role the Western church plays in the growth of Christianity abroad, particularly in the Muslim world and China.

Churches in Albania: Preserved and Maturing

By Genci Cesula | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

After near extermination under Communism, the church in Albania has grown in numbers and maturity. Albanian Christians are growing in applying to gospel to all of life, even as they work to grow in ownership of their churches.

Churches in Australia: The Lucky Country?

By Nathan Malpass | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Gospel unity and clarity is slowly growing in Australian churches, though confusion on the church and her mission persist.