Outreach & Missions Blogs

  • The Strategic “Yes” and The Liberating “No”

    During our course “Personal Well Being and Spiritual Formation” at Bethel Seminary, leadership coach (and friend) Michael Warden and I have enjoyed our time with some amazing leaders who are truly advancing the work of Jesus in their mission fields. These doctoral students have been through a series of assessments including: Gallup’s StrengthsFinder The Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator The […]

  • God Wants to Use All of Us by Greg Laurie

    Who is called to “go into all the world and preach the gospel?” If you are a Christian, you are! We are! Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all […]

  • God May Answer Your Prayer in Surprising Ways. Here’s Why.

    You may be living in-between. That time of waiting for what’s next, but not knowing when and if it will come. In-between jobs. In-between relationships. In-between places to live. In-between paychecks. Frustrated, you may find yourself crying out to God wondering: What’s next? How long do I have to wait? During our first year of marriage, my […]

  • How to Pray When You’re Too Stressed to Know How

    Let me introduce you to my friend, Bonnie. Bonnie Gray is author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace, garnering starred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly, as one of the Top 6 notable new religion authors. Bonnie is contributor at Crosswalk.com and DaySpring (in)courage. A UCLA graduate, Bonnie has been ministry entrepreneur and high-tech professional. Bonnie blogs at FaithBarista.com in Northern California with her husband […]

  • Who Gets to Be Saved? Everyone Who Believes

    The gospel (the good news that Jesus died for sin and rose again to redeem and reconcile people to God) is good news, but it’s only good news to those who hear it, who hear it in time, and who believe it when they hear it. Paul wrote a well-known verse about the good news once when he declared, “For I […]

  • What I’m Learning About Fatherhood and Life

    Another Father’s Day is quickly approaching. That day and what it represents has certainly changed for me over the years. Sure it’s still a day to honor my own father and the way he’s shaped my life, but as a father of 3 boys it’s also a time to evaluate. I’ve faced a lot of […]

  • 5 Reasons to Join an Online Bible Study

    What do you do about your weekly small group when your schedule gets crazy? You can’t find a small group that meets on the only night you’re available. The Bible study at your church doesn’t offer childcare. You miss too many meetings because of the kid’s practices, concerts, and the never-ending carpool responsibilities. Or maybe […]

  • 8 Fresh Ideas for Your Next Spring Retreat

    We had the privilege of being part of some amazing retreats and events this spring. Here are a few fresh ideas to help you spruce up your spring retreat and make it even more spectacular:  1. Create inspiring signage for participants as they drive in. Along the popular road to your retreat center, sprinkle signs […]