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The Best Way to Plant Indigenous Churches Is to Begin that Way
Tags: church planting, dependency, indigenous
I once had the opportunity to dialogue with a group of leaders in South Asia about their church planting strategies. A church planting team among them shared about some of the...
The Crippler of People and Movements
Tags: church, church-planting movmenet, dependency
Jesus has called every one of us who claims Him as our Savior and Lord to go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey all that He has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20). This is not...
Could Inspiring More “We Did It” Stories Help Break the Dependency Mindset?
Raising Local Resources
Tags: dependency, haiti, poor, resources
During my 10 years in Haiti I was involved in numerous construction projects. On one occasion, I arrived a few days in advance of a larger team to finalize the foundation for a church school which...
Raising Local Resources
Recruits or Dependents?
Tags: church, dependency, dependents, discipleship, recruits
Over the years I have written and spoken quite a lot about discovering and using local resources for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. My heart’s desire is to see the church around the world become...
What Should We Do With All Our Money?
When Global Generosity Destroys Local Generosity
Tags: church, dependency, finances, funding, resource
When sitting down to talk with donors in a North American context, the question I am most often asked is, “What should we do with all our money?”
There is no doubt that the Bible promotes...
The Dependency Syndrome
Prevention and Early Detection
Tags: church planting, dependency, funds, prevention
Those following medical reports these days are aware that several themes keep recurring. One is the importance of prevention of serious illness. Another theme is early detection. Of course, the...
Does the Church Have the Answer?
Tags: children, dependency, poverty
We’ve all seen them, awful pictures of little children with emaciated bodies, video scenes of long lines of desperate parents seeking help for the children they love at some overrun clinic in some...
Localization and Globalization
Tags: dependency, local resources
Signs of globalization can be found in many places. I have a friend in Zambia who is a retired pastor, now living in a rural village with no running water or electricity. However, he has a cell...
Oh, An American Is Involved?
Tags: dependency, funding
Some time ago I accompanied a young Zambian church planter to Central Mozambique, where a self-reliance seminar was scheduled. We had been traveling together and doing similar seminars in Zambia...
The Importance of Assumptions
When it comes to the dependency syndrome, much of our success or failure can be traced to the assumptions with which we begin. A colleague in WMA ministry, Jean Johnson, says it this way: “What we...