Tag - Church Ministries

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Living the Psalms: A Persecuted Christian’s Story
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Bloodied and Bruised for the Gospel [November Prayer Focus]
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What We Get Wrong About Church Planting
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From Atheist Club Leader to Sunday Preacher
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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy
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Distrustful of Religion — but Not of Coffee [October Prayer Focus]
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How to Make Missions Part of Your VBS
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Why Limiting Your Missions Strategy Won’t Limit You
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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish
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AIDS Almost Killed Him, You Gave Him Hope

Living the Psalms: A Persecuted Christian’s Story

Italian church service, like the one Serena attends now that she's not a persecuted Christian.
Serena knew following Jesus was dangerous in her country, but she had know idea how far God would take her!

If you want to know what it feels like to be a persecuted Christian, read the Psalms. At least, that’s what Serena, a young believer from the Middle East says. While in hiding for nine months, she says, “I was just reading Psalms. … Like, I’m surrounded by enemies. People want to kill me. People want me. Every situation is really hard for me. But [Jesus said], ‘OK, but you know that I’m yours. … I will save you.” Serena was raised by Christian parents, but she didn’t know that until she was 15 years old. When she asked her…

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Bloodied and Bruised for the Gospel [November Prayer Focus]

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Across the globe, millions of Christians are fighting for their lives — and the Gospel. This month, discover how you can pray for the persecuted Church.

It started out like any other day for Aasiya, one of the only known Christians in her town. The Pakistani wife and mother of two had gone out that morning to gather falsa berries with some other local women. When they asked Aasiya to get water for them from a nearby well, she did. But she was parched, so she also took a sip for herself. Enraged, the other women accused Aasiya of blasphemy and claimed she had defiled their water. Later, more of her neighbors raided her house. They left her bloodied and bruised when the police finally intervened….

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What We Get Wrong About Church Planting

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A TEAM missionaries shares insights on what church planting really means and what it looks like to harvest and bear Gospel-fruit.

Church planting has become cool again. Networks like City to City and Acts 29 are growing exponentially. There are church planting conferences and boot camps, and church planting books being written. Even This American Life, a famous podcast, did an episode about church planting. As a church planter in Guatemala, it’s exciting to see my personal passion receive so much attention. And yet, there are still some key misconceptions lingering about church planting. Maybe you remember the children’s rhyme: Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, see all the people. From childhood, we learn to associate…

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From Atheist Club Leader to Sunday Preacher

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Joseph used to think he didn't need God. But when he started attending a local church plant, TEAM missionaries gave him a whole new perspective!

It was a typical growth group meeting with a simple assignment: Make a list of three people to pray for. But when TEAM church planter Kathy North heard her husband’s list, she couldn’t help but feel doubtful. There, at the top of David’s list, was Joseph. This was the guy who visited their growth group, was moved to tears, told them he’d be a regular — and then disappeared for three months. When he came back a second time, the same thing happened. And now they hadn’t seen him in half a year. “I thought, Why him? He hasn’t been…

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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy

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What does it take to be a church planter? Find out as one TEAM missionary couple shares their church planting strategy!

“The word that sticks in my mind is walls,” TEAM missionary David North told his wife, Kathy when they scouted out the location of their last church plant. “There are cement walls everywhere, it’s industrial, it’s dirty, it’s gray, but there are also spiritual walls.” When David and Kathy moved to the Filipino city of Mandaue they could feel an overwhelming darkness. But still, they moved. David and Kathy North have been church planters for over 20 years and have successfully planted several churches. They are champions for growing the Kingdom. But it hasn’t always been an easy road. Several times…

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Distrustful of Religion — but Not of Coffee [October Prayer Focus]

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Discipleship is made possible through global church plants. Discover how you can be praying for missionaries planting these churches around the world!

Raphael* had never felt so empty. He’d walked away from his Jehovah Witness faith. And now, he didn’t know how to find God. When Raphael noticed a new church in his French hometown, he felt drawn to it, but he wasn’t sure why. He passed by it several times, afraid to go in. He didn’t want to get sucked back into another false religion. Finally, he worked up the courage to step inside. TEAM missionaries Paul and Karan Davis were there to offer him a warm cup of coffee. As the three chatted, Raphael found himself opening up to them…

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How to Make Missions Part of Your VBS

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Discover five easy ways to add cross-cultural ministry elements to your VBS event this year! Photo by TEAM

Children’s ministers, unite! It’s the time of year where your trunk is full of plastic decorations, inflatable balls and paper cups waiting to become a spaceship craft. That’s right: vacation Bible school is almost here! For many churches, vacation Bible school is one of the biggest events of the year. But this event is not just a great way for your church to engage with your community — it’s also a great way to disciple children about God’s heart for the nations! Now, many of us might be thinking, How am I supposed to add one more thing to our…

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Why Limiting Your Missions Strategy Won’t Limit You

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Will creating a long-term missions strategy keep you from hearing God's voice? Check out these 3 tips to stay firm but flexible in your church's plan for missions! Photo by TEAM

We’re firm believers that every church should have a long-term strategy for its global missions work — one that provides focus and clarity on where to invest your resources and people. But having a strategy isn’t without its challenges. For example, what happens if your church decides to focus on missions in Asia… and then someone in your church senses a call to go to Kenya? Do you refuse to support them because they don’t fit with the bigger strategy? Or do you toss aside the strategy every time someone comes with a new idea? How do you know if…

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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish

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The church is rapidly growing in Latin America — and so are false doctrines, like the prosperity gospel. Read our Q&A to find out how a TEAM missionary is steering new believers in a better direction. Photo by TEAM

If you want to know where the Church is growing, don’t look to your local seeker-friendly, hipster church. Don’t look for the closest liturgical service either. According to TEAM missionary and former missionary kid Justin Burkholder, the best place to look is in a Pentecostal service… in Latin America. “We just sort of assume Latin America’s Catholic, … but a lot of Latin America is very evangelical, and mainly it’s highly neo-Pentecostal,” Justin says. In 1970, evangelical Christians numbered only 12.8 million in Latin America. By 2020, they’re expected to reach 203 million, according to the Center for the Study…

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AIDS Almost Killed Him, You Gave Him Hope

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Danilo* was running from God for years, but one day he received life-altering news that changed everything. Keep reading to find out how your support impacted his life! Photo by TEAM

This time last year, Danilo* was surprised to even be alive. After years of running from God, Danilo found out he had AIDS in October 2016. He wondered if he’d even live to see another Christmas! But through your caring support, you gave Danilo a second chance. And today, he’s celebrating Christmas as a brother in Christ! Keep reading to discover how God used you to change Danilo’s life forever! The Sin He Couldn’t Defeat Danilo’s story was ordinary at the beginning. When Danilo was a young man, TEAM missionaries Jim and Sara Rodson* planted a church in his Southeast…

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