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Pastors and elders: defining our terms

Pastors and elders: defining our terms

Gerardo, a mechanic-pastor I met in Honduras, made a comment in passing that I found interesting: “The reason you need elders in your church is that they focus internally. Pastors, of course, are focused externally.” The "of course" struck me. I asked him for...

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Leadership: recognized, not appointed

Leadership: recognized, not appointed

During my time in Honduras, I found the way that handle leadership fascinating. Leaders are not appointed-- they are recognized through results. One of their titles of leadership is “extension chain teacher.” That title indicates someone who has raised up 10 churches....

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Holy Week

Holy Week

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering...

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A prayer for mission

A prayer for mission

The Rev. Jonathan Hunnicutt, of The Table Church, sent me this prayer recently and I thought I would share it with you. It is a prayer for mission from Morning Prayer Rite II. 1979 Book of Common Prayer, page 101: Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love...

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Recalibrate

Recalibrate

When you have a compass, you need to recalibrate it depending on your current location. With the electronic compass on my iPhone I move the phone in a figure 8 several times to allow it to calibrate to my current location. I can’t just pull it out and use it. If the...

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Faithful and persistent

Faithful and persistent

On my recent trip to Honduras, I was impressed anew with some of the qualities I saw in their extension teachers. An extension teacher is essentially a church planter who has planted 10 churches. At that point, they become a regional extension teacher, providing...

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The missing link

The missing link

In Honduras, they take extension chains seriously. An extension chain is what’s described in 2 Timothy 2:2: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. One person shares...

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If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

When I was in Honduras, I discovered that they define “learning” as something you actually put into practice, not as knowledge. That’s how they structure their training: 75% is practice, while only 25% is input. They figure-- rightly, I think-- that it’s meaningless...

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