Author’s note: This is part three and final blog of a series, Barriers to Short-term Missions. You can read part 1 - Biases and 2 - Assumptions. I was recently sitting with a ministry leader who hosts short-term mission teams and as we were talking about the challenges of groups he looked at me with … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #3 – Motivations
Author’s note: this is part two in a series called: The Three Biggest Barriers to Short-Term Mission. Last week we discussed the first one - Bias. You can read about that one here. A few weeks ago we took the time to look at the first barrier to reciprocal missions, our biases. We defined bias … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions and Service #2 – Assumptions
Author note: This is part 1 of a three-part blog on the barriers to missions and service. Subscribe to be sure you get part 2 and 3. Recently we rented a house on the coast for our annual Surf and Serve trip. Eight men traveled from across the country to enjoy surfing, community and serving … Continue reading The Three Biggest Barriers to Effective Missions & Service – #1 Biases
It was one of the greatest races of my life. I didn’t win, but we won. It was the college conference championship for our cross country team. It had poured rain the day before so the course was a slippery mess and muddy. The gun sounded to start the race and we sprinted towards the … Continue reading More Important than Service?
I don’t like country music. (I’m sure I just lost half of everyone reading this blog.) I grew up around grandparents that loved country music. John Denver, Dolly Parton, Jimmie Rogers, and Loretta Lynn (among others) was playing in the car every time we went somewhere or on vacation to visit my relatives in West … Continue reading I Don’t Like Country Music! (What Moves You?)
It was a great weekend of playing basketball. Our dorm floor had rented a basketball court in a nearby gym where we could lower the rims to 8 1/2 feet. It was a dunk fest followed by some good 5 on 5 basketball dunking on each other, throwing alley-oops. It was a blast. We were back … Continue reading Divided Focus and the Kingdom of God
What worries you? Or maybe a better question, What keeps you up at night? It was January of this year that I was laying in bed and my mind would not turn off. We had opened our 2019 Mexico trip registrations two months earlier and our sign-ups were not where I thought they should be. … Continue reading Thorns