Month: May 2022

Trainees – What Gospel Do They Share?

gospel sharing includes the cross

Gospel Sharing- Some Big Concerns

I’ve been concerned as we have been training in various locations. How do we approach gospel sharing and evangelism? We have been training people in how to share the Jesus story, Creation to Christ stories, and the basic gospel message.  I’m quite shocked at the number of pastors, church planters, elders and local believers who seem to have little understanding of what the gospel is.  Many cannot easily and clearly share a simple gospel story.  Some of those unable to do this went through credible Christian training and discipleship programs.  This is worrying.

Many things contribute to this problem.  The main root of this problem is the model these dear ones have seen.  The gospel they have heard, the style of evangelism they have seen modeled, is one where people are told that if they become Christians, God will bless them.  God will heal them.  God will help them.

It Is An Incomplete Gospel

Forgive me if I am stating the obvious, but this is a very incomplete gospel.  If this is the foundation of the gospel on which we try to make disciples, we can only expect weak and conditional faith.  This kind of gospel sharing fails to call people to discipleship. read more

Being Contextual Without Being a Zealot


One of the important aspects of a growing movement is that it becomes indigenous. Disciples are free to live out the gospel message in a contextual way. What does the word indigenous mean and how can we contextualize without going too far?

Miriam Webster defines indigenous as: produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment. We speak of indigenous plants, indigenous people, indigenous culture. What we mean by indigenous Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) is that within these movements disciples grow naturally in their own context and culture.

How Much Should We Focus On Contextualization?

Most people agree that indigenous movements grow faster than when we import culture and traditions from outside. Across the board, cross cultural church planters accept this, at least in theory.

A key question is the degree to which we focus on indigenization (or contextualization) as we pursue a DMM. What follows in this blog may be controversial or offensive to some people. Please forgive me ahead of time and hear me out. Feel free to comment about what you agree or disagree with. I won’t be offended and maybe we can learn together! read more