The International Church for a Global World

 The International Church is a kairos call to a profound need and compelling opportunity. God is sovereignly and supernaturally planting and building international churches in unparalleled numbers around the globe. The unprecedented diaspora scattering has created cutting-edge potential for the International Church to reach every tribe, tongue, and nation. The International Church is the collection […]

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Preaching Towards Mission: Which Discipleship?

Ask a hundred church leaders, “What is the essence of Christian Discipleship?” and possibly you will get around 100 different answers! There will be much in common for most of them but ambiguity about the nature of discipleship seems to be the norm. What is the central core of discipleship? In an average multi-everything International […]

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Preaching Towards Mission: Which Theology?

Like me, I am sure you have a preferred approach to preaching. Is it expository or thematic or something else?? Most approaches have good arguments supporting them which is why the debates arguing for one being better than the others never seem to reach a conclusion.[1] In your International Church (IC) there are people with […]

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Preaching Towards Mission: Which World View?

Preaching Towards Mission: Which World View? Every preacher does it. No exceptions, we all present a world view either through what we say or, more often, through what we do not say. Here, the concept of world view being considered is not about some of those fundamental or basic structures of culture, such as shame/honour, […]

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Tribalism and Unity – Part 4

An International Church Vision for The Practice of Unity: A Missional Imperative. International Churches (ICs) are communities in which the vision of every tribe, nationality, language and peoples is happening already. ICs therefore are microcosms of the future. ICs are living witnesses to the world, and to the rest of the body of Christ, that […]

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Tribalism and Unity – Part 3

Challenging the Tribalism of Your IC Leadership: A Vision for the Practice of Unity. Which Christian tribe do you represent? Is your International Church (IC) leadership embracing of the diversity of evangelical life and practice or do you incline more to being an IC that better suits those of a particular denomination, or politics,or nationality, […]

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Resources for International Church Leaders

Rest/Counsel/Care Resources for International Church Leaders “This is a sampling of retreat/counselling/vacation/guesthouse venues/services available for retreat/restoration/vacation for cross-cultural workers and people in ministry. I hope you find it helpful.” Compiled by Melanie Driedger (Missional International Church Network http://micn.org/). This document can also be found on the MICN website at http://micn.org/r-r-resources-ic-leaders/ Counseling/Coaching Melanie Driedger, RN MN […]

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Tribalism and Unity – Part 2

The International Church, the Over-zealous, and the Unity of the Cross. They come from everywhere,bringing with them every variety of authentic Christian faith imaginable. From the exuberant to the solemn, from free-wheeling discipleship to the very prescriptive, our international churches (ICs) embrace them all. Or do they? In the preceding article,[1] I wrote some strong […]

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Tribalism and Unity – Part 1

Tribalism in the International Church: With Four Leadership Priorities for Unity and Mission. Tribalism is a little too common across the evangelical church (and beyond) bringing particular challenges for leaders of International Churches and Fellowships (ICs).  Many, both leaders and church members, have loyalties based on allegiance to particular positions on the issues of the […]

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