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Dr. Alfonse Javed

Deep conversations with diverse voices about urban ministry and Christian narratives. In "Our Urban Voices with Dr. Alfonse Javed," we will cover everything from churches and church planting efforts, missions and missions organization, evangelism and unreached people groups, emerging movements and initiatives, justice, current events related to faith and the persecuted church, to author interviews and reviews. read less
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#100. Art Gives Us a Sense of God's Heart
May 7 2024
#100. Art Gives Us a Sense of God's Heart
Henry O. Arnold III releases a new book, "The Mercy Seat," the first volume of "The Urban Chronicles" series. Henry O Arnold III's websiteWHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Importance of talking about conflict & dichotomyJesus came to give us His heart so that we can reflect His heart to the worldWillingness to sacrificeABOUT THE GUEST: Henry's career as an actor and author spans over five decades with multiple stage and film credits. His most recent film is "The Hiding Place." He has recorded over one hundred audiobooks and is the author of the multi-volume biblical/historical fiction series entitled "The Song of Prophets and Kings."Mr. Arnold received his B.A. from Pepperdine University and his Master of Fine Arts degree at U.N.C. Chapel Hill.When not writing, he can be found hiking on a trail somewhere in the world. He and his lovely wife, Kay, have two beautiful daughters, married to two handsome men, with three above-average grandchildren.TIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:02:02 - Introducing Henry O Arnold III02:35 - raised in Christian home02:41 - parent are professional actors02:58 - people of all walks of life welcomed into their home03:53 - appeared in a play with his father04:24 - met wife, Kay05:01 - influence of a father on his son05:17 - What led Henry to write The Mercy Seat05:41 - Kay suggested writing something contemporary as opposed to historical fiction06:04 - read article about a pastor who worked with urban societies, specifically the homeless06:48 - Henry had been working with organizations minstering to the homeless07:49 - Brief description and narrative arc of The Mercy Seat09:32 - Inspiration for the characters10:51 - Matching characters with the action in the story11:15 - Making characters authentic and believable11:59 - Imagine the characters playing out the scenes12:46 - Imagination & daydreaming13:08 - Importance of talking about major themes of the book - conflict & dichotomy13:28 - People to see themselves in the characters and environments14:39 - Empathize with the character because of his truthfulness15:13 - Expands the heart muscle of how we see people15:26 - Art helps us see that we have a common bond15:38 - Art gives Christians a sense of God's heart towards all people15:52 - Jesus came to give us His heart so that we can reflect His heart to the world16:10 - Hebrew idea of being God-centric is to be a blessing on this earth16:41 - Christian idea of being God-centric is eternal life16:49 - Jesus came and changed us and we see these elements in our society17:29 - When we are kind to the others, we lend to the Lord - we show God's kindness to one another18:17 - God desires justice, not sacrifice18:50 - Our righteousness comes from God and we should be able to reflect that in acts of justice19:51 - Researching for The Mercy Seat deepened relationships with God, Kay, immediate family, and other people20:23 - Willingness to sacrifice22:03 - Jesus used stories to bring people back to GodDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#99. Bloom Where God Plants You
Apr 23 2024
#99. Bloom Where God Plants You
Quilen Blackwell is the president and co-founder of the Chicago Eco House, whose mission is to train inner city youth in sustainable social enterprises to alleviate poverty. The Chicago Eco House’s signature program is Southside Blooms, an off-grid flower farm youth social enterprise where participants convert vacant lots into commercial flower farms using solar powered rainwater irrigation. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Why Southside Blooms is differentBuilding strong familiesBe the industry and save the economyABOUT THE GUEST: Chicago Eco House’s signature program is Southside Blooms, which creates jobs for young people on the south and west sides of Chicago. The Eco House has won several awards for its work including the UL Innovation Education Award, Delta Institute BOOST Award, the Keep Chicago Beautiful Community Vision Award, and the African American Legacy Award. Quilen is originally from Madison, WI, and moved to Chicago to attend ministry school. While in ministry school, he volunteered at a local high school in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side. This is where he first got acclimated to the realities that young people face every day in the inner city. He decided to commit his life to creating opportunities for the young people in the inner city by utilizing his skills in community organizing and renewable energy.Quilen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in environmental policy and sustainability from the University of Denver. He worked in the biodiesel industry as a procurer of feedstock and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand prior to starting the Chicago Eco House. Quilen resides on the south side of Chicago with his wife Hannah (the other co-founder of Eco House) and their three children.RELATED LINKS:www.chicagoecohouse.orgTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:02:27 - Introducing Quilen Blackwell, president and co-founder of the Chicago Eco House02:53 - His family is his #1 ministry03:53 - Journey to Chicago & the founding the Eco House04:14 - Called by the Lord to move to Chicago04:29 - Started volunteering at a high school during ministry school04:42 - Opportunity to have relationships with families and see their needs05:03 - Choice to serve the urban black community05:12 - Mission to rebuild the economic foundation of the inner city06:09 - What is Southside Blooms and why does it work?07:00 - Southside Blooms is different because...07:05 - Startup business as a viable flower shop07:09 - Creating bottom up careers in the neighborhood07:21 - Be the industry and save the economy08:17 - Urban ministry intersects with other areas of expertise08:29 - Taking skills, expertise, and experiences and channeling them toward kingdom purpose08:41 - Not only using God's blessings to solve earthly problems, but to show heaven on earth09:08 - Combine the spiritual need with physical needs10:21 - Importance of family-focused programs10:33 - Culture of single mother families10:46 - Building block of successful family units10:58 - Flowers in weddings gives opportunities to talk about marriage11:20 - Giving a different vision of what family looks like11:29 - Quilen & Hannah's marriage is a witness to the youth12:18 - The ministry is really all about families12:45 - Initial community response to Southside Blooms12:57 - Survey the community, talk to politcal leaders, assess the need13:14 - The real need is...
#98. Estate Planning: You Can't Take It With You
Apr 9 2024
#98. Estate Planning: You Can't Take It With You
Natisha Matthews, an ordained elder and attorney, shares about the importance of estate planning for Christians, particularly in the urban community.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Cost of not planning for your estate (even if you think you don't have anything)What are wills, power of attorney, health care proxy?Mindset for estate planningABOUT THE GUEST: Rev Matthews areas of practice are Trusts and Estates and Real Estate. She is passionate about teaching believers and the urban community about Estate Planning. Currently she is one of the ordained Elders of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. where the Senior Pastor is Bishop Dr. Carlton T. Brown.TIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:35 - Passionate about estate planning dialog02:57 - Raised in an urban immigrant community03:43 - Journey to eldership and attorney07:51 - Importance of estate planning09:21 - Basics of Estate Planning: will, power of attorney, health care proxy09:27 - Wills09:35 - Power of Attorney10:22 - Health care proxy11:02 - People don't feel the need for estate planning11:25 - Not planning creates chaos, uncertainty, confusion12:10 - We do not prepare for estate planning12:19 - Estate planning is not usually known about, especially in urban communities12:40 - Mindset is important12:50 - Urban communities tend to think more about survival from paycheck to paycheck13:16 - Suburban communities more plan for the future14:14 - Both cultural and racial norms come into play17:24 - How should Christians approach estate planning?17:31 - Get understanding and knowledge about estate planning18:22 - Some culture shy away from talking about death and estate planning20:06 - How should younger people approach estate planning?20:49 - Plan for the unexpected21:16 - Get something in place - it can always be changed, if needed22:04 - Debunk the myths22:17 - Not planning is selfish because it will negatively affect loved ones23:32 - What cultural and ethnic considerations need to be considered?24:25 - How do we change people's mindset?26:23 - Opportunity to share Christ in estate planning conversations27:42 - What are the financial barriers to estate planning?28:33 - Estate planning establishes a legacy28:52 - Not planning creates more expensive procedures29:08 - Petitioning the court29:49 - Incapacitated people can't sign a power of attorney or health care proxy31:15 - Pay for a will on a payment plan32:08 - Unexpectedly used by God and He opened doors36:16 - Initial Steps to Estate Planning37:14 - How can a pastor help his congregation in this matter?38:26 - What is God saying to you using this podcast?DID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#97. Family on Mission to the Muslim Community
Mar 26 2024
#97. Family on Mission to the Muslim Community
David ministers among Muslim immigrants in a major US city.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:How Ramadan affects outreachSharing the gospel more effectivelyPractical steps in cross-culture ministryABOUT THE GUEST: David and his family serve as the Strategy Coordinator and unit on the Global Gates West African Team. Though they have a specific people group focus, the vision is reaching the ends of the Earth through global gateway cities. They have served in the West African community for 10 years globally.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Jeremiah 12 : 5Matthew 6 : 33-34Matthew 13 : 1-9RELATED LINKS:Global Gates01:01 - Misconceptions to address when ministering among Muslims01:07 - Not all Muslims are terrorists01:27 - Christians can visit a mosque02:06 - Many Muslims do want to know about Jesus03:10 - What do you love and admire about the people you serve?03:13 - Value relationship over schedule03:21 - Hospitality04:44 - Ramadan05:27 - Fasting during daylight hours05:52 - Help reflect on how it feels to be poor06:02 - Focused prayer and asking for forgiveness06:16 - Ask God to show the straight path06:29 - Hajj - pilgrimage to Mecca07:28 - The Night of Power08:17 - Christian pray that God would show Jesus to Muslims08:29 - Hope that God would reveal something during Ramadan08:46 - Christians can invite Muslims to break fast08:51 - Bring water or dates to a Muslim might not have broken fast at sundown09:25 - Opportunities during Ramadan and Outreach09:51 - Focus on having gospel conversations10:45 - God has shown that so many organizations are focused on reaching on all the nations11:17 - Network of organizations working together12:22 - You may not be the one who leads someone to Christ, but you may be one of the many leading up to it14:52 - Personal story of faith and knowing that God has him17:28 - Ask God and God revealed in a dream19:45 - Family on Mission20:41 - Each member of the family does something22:56 - Go-to Bible verses for encouragement23:05 - Jeremiah 12 : 524:36 - Matthew 6 : 33-3425:02 - Matthew 13 : 1-926:31 - Sharing the gospel more effectively26:50 - Joining existing work27:14 - Find ministries addressing needs27:33 - If there is no existing work, pray, search the needs, and then start it28:20 - Practical things to do to reach out28:34 - Go to restaurants and enjoy their food29:10 - Go to places of worship and observe29:43 - Invite into your homeDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#96. Meet Them Where They're At
Mar 12 2024
#96. Meet Them Where They're At
David ministers among Muslim immigrants in a major US city.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Being a missionary in your own backyardConnecting with immigrant people groupsCommon barriers in cross-culture contactABOUT THE GUEST: David and his family serve as the Strategy Coordinator and unit on the Global Gates West African Team. Though they have a specific people group focus, the vision is reaching the ends of the Earth through global gateway cities. They have served in the West African community for 10 years globally.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Acts 17 : 26-27Matthew 28 : 19-20RELATED LINKS:Global GatesTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:13 - Family is the first ministry01:31 - Partnership at home03:08 - Being a missionary in your own backyard04:00 - Acts 17 : 26-2704:36 - God moves nations and people groups to us05:09 - The need to connect with these immigrant people groups05:26 - We are supposed to GO05:43 - Matthew 28 : 19-2006:11 - What if I'm not comfortable sharing?06:23 - Model, assist, watch, and leave06:51 - Disciples that make disciples07:05 - Training might be needed before going07:22 - Cultural makeup and demographics of mission field07:46 - Diverse, but mainly West African08:36 - Different groups gravitate to different opportunities09:18 - Cities are fruitful mission fields09:59 - People tend to stay in their own cultural community11:14 - Follow-up opportunities11:30 - 1st conversation: I am a follower of Jesus12:07 - Identifying people groups to serve12:24 - 5000+ people in a community12:55 - Reach out to community leaders13:06 - Ask the leaders what the community needs13:52 - Take care of the physical need to meet the spiritual need14:50 - Often starts as a family unit working with a people group15:07 - Advocating for the people group and asking for help15:31 - Training in simple and reproduceable methods15:50 - Favorite ways to connect with people15:58 - 1. Start conversations on the subway16:18 - Able in pinpoint someone from West Africa 95% of the time16:28 - Greet someone in their language and have a conversation16:46 - Step by step, back and forth - interested in talking about God?16:59 - 2. Networking17:10 - people who are not interesting in talking about God may know people who are17:26 - Common barriers in cross-cultural contact17:40 - Language17:45 - Learning greetings in the language shows interest in the people18:43 - Bring your family to meet their family19:20 - Smile19:26 - Barriers are based on their comfort level with you20:04 - To reach people's hearts, learn greetings in their specific languageDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#95. What's Needed to Shepherd a Church Through Change?
Feb 27 2024
#95. What's Needed to Shepherd a Church Through Change?
Pastor Otis (O.L.) Buckley is the pastor of Highpoint Bible Church in the Bronx, NY. He shares his journey in shepherding a church through leadership and theological changes.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Preach the WordPatience and GraceApologetics and CareABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Otis (O.L.) Buckley is the teaching pastor of Highpoint Bible Church in The Bronx, NY. He has lived in various places in the United States and has experienced different denominational theologies. He and his wife, Consuela, have been married 15 years and both have over 20 years in business and ministry.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Important NOTE: there needs to be a space, ' ' between ':' and the verse number, otherwise the scripture verse will be automatically converted to a timestamp link. Link 2 Timothy 4 : 2Romans 8 : 28-29RELATED LINKS:Highpoint Bible ChurchEmail Pastor BuckleyTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:31 - late 1980s/mid 1990s pentacostalism01:42 - Word of Faith influence - metaphysical approach to scripture02:04 - The Bronx, NY syncretism and witchcraft02:41 - Resistance to the New Testament03:11 - Show there is no disunity between the Old and New Testaments03:27 - Praying with the community03:43 - Coming from modalism to trinitarianism has help03:51 - The metaphysics approach created the mind science 04:35 - OL had to raise his understanding of God and Jesus05:16 - Justification by faith is only possible with God still working in me06:51 - No new revelation, but the Spirit gives illumination07:36 - How has OL's journey uniquely prepared him to pastor Highpoint Bible Church07:49 - In a word... Sensitivity07:52 - 2 Timothy 4 : 2 - preach the word - reliance on the word of God08:20 - Be ready in season and out of season08:41 - Be persistent in the first thing that you are instructed09:06 - To reprove - heling people understand what is proper - correctness09:17 - To rebuke - challenging people to come out of any wrongness to restoration09:37 - To exhort - encourage09:52 - With complete patience10:36 - Making major changes at Highpoint11:31 - Wisdom in the content and wisdom in the action11:49 - Patience goes both ways12:03 - Wait for the Holy Spirit to work12:28 - Two way street of grace12:34 - Church name change12:45 - Which change was the bigger challenge: leadership or theology?13:34 - Understanding what people want from what they treasure13:39 - For example, ex nihilo uniqueness of God - Romans 4:1713:53 - What makes something attractive? and then expose it to the human heart14:38 - Preaching Big God theology14:58 - John 9 : 1-7 - Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind15:42 - John 11 : 1-16 The Death of Lazarus16:08 - God uses trials to show His goodness and be glorified16:20 - View trials differently16:42 - Why not trust God's omniscience and omnipotence?16:54 - Romans 8 : 28-30 - God is going to work it out for my good17:09 - Balance between apologetics and care17:18 - NYC demands preaching with an...
#94. The Journey from "Truth" to TRUTH
Feb 13 2024
#94. The Journey from "Truth" to TRUTH
Pastor Otis (O.L.) Buckley is the pastor of Highpoint Bible Church in the Bronx, NY. He shares his journey in discovering the Biblical truths that moved him from denominational theology to denominational theology.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:How to Search for AnswersBig God TheologyLetting God be TrueABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Otis (O.L.) Buckley is the teaching pastor of Highpoint Bible Church in The Bronx, NY. He has lived in various places in the United States and has experienced different denominational theologies. He and his wife, Consuela, have been married 15 years and both have over 20 years in business and ministry.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Matthew 18: 18Matthew 28: 19Acts 2: 38RELATED LINKS:Highpoint Bible ChurchEmail Pastor Buckley TIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:39 - Introducing Pastor Otis (OL) Buckley03:44 - Early years in Chicago04:01 - then the move to Texas04:51 - and then to Highpoint Bible Church in the Bronx, NY07:15 - Sabellianism / Modalistic09:20 - Classic Oneness Pentecostalism10:39 - Class on Overview of Hebrew Studies11:18 - Matthew 18 : 1811:34 - Learning a different interpretation12:42 - Have I been wrong all these years?12:57 - What else could I possibly have been wrong about?13:17 - Another connected event14:28 - Matthew 28 : 1914:47 - vs Acts 2 : 3815:33 - God opens OL's eyes to the Trinity16:13 - Are people are going beyond the social issues to wrestling with theology?18:21 - Denominations, Name, Theology, & Social Media20:27 - The need for clear Biblical theology22:47 - God's workings to move OL on the journey23:04 - Every dilemma raises a question23:12 - And every question creates an opportunity to pivot23:49 - Do I really know God the way I think I do?24:37 - Lord, let your Word imposed itself on me.25:37 - Big God theology25:54 - Not compartimentalizing God28:59 - Was this a personal journey of discovery or where there others alongside you?30:52 - Every question drives one to search for an answer30:56 - ...three-fold answer30:59 - ...1. pray31:12 - ...2. search the Scriptures31:25 - ...3. right teaching31:42 - ... and stilling the voices with wrong interpretations of Scripture34:06 - Abandoning the past34:22 - Letting God be True44:31 - End of Part 1DID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#93. Is the House Still on Fire? Jumpstarting the Conversation about Race in the Local American Congregation
Jan 16 2024
#93. Is the House Still on Fire? Jumpstarting the Conversation about Race in the Local American Congregation
Pastor Isaac Adams explores how the local congregation might faithfully respond to their local community about deep-seated and lingering racial strife. Regardless of the headlines and from a pastoral perspective, he invites Christians to engage in prayerful, truthful conversations about race — gospel hope-filled conversations that glorify God, are for the good of the community and build the church.Isaac Adams offers practical steps and jumpstarts the conversation about race within the local congregation.What You’ll Learn:Why talk about race in a local congregation?Practical tips for pastors to talk about race with congregantsA way to distinguish between local needs and the national conversation about raceAbout the Guest: Isaac Adams serves as lead pastor at Iron City Church in Birmingham, Alabama where he lives with his wife and children.He is devoted to racial reconciliation and in 2017, prior to joining Iron City Church, he started United? We Pray. It is a podcast and ministry devoted to “taking racial struggles to the throne of grace”. He is a speaker and author. His most recent book is Talking About Race: Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations. While examining what's at stake, the book provides practical steps and offers the reader a novel way to begin this hard conversation.Isaac Adams is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv).Scripture Related to Episode:Ephesians 4: 16; Building Up the Church Micha 6: 8; Do Justice, Love MercyProverbs 4: 5; Answer Not a Fool According to Your Folly Links Related to Episode: United? We Pray Talking about Race: Gospel Hope for Hard ConversationsIron City Church Show Notes:[01:37] Moving Family to Birmingham, AL[05:14] Motivation for United? We Pray[06:24] God and Prayer as Factors in the Struggle -- Francis Grimke[07:03] United? We Pray in Action[09:19] Why Is It So Hard for Christians to Talk about Race in America?[10:30] Not Prophets—Pastors Talking about Racial Conflict [12:59] What about the National Conversation[14:50] Criticism from the Left and from the Right[15:25] Spiritual Warfare[18:12] How is the Church Doing?[20:15] Is the House Still on Fire?[23:35] So, How Do We Have This Conversation?[26:18] More Practical Tips for Pastors to Start Talking about Race[27:43] Idolatry, Diversity and Unity[29:56] When to Be Silent[30:30] Lunch with a Former Bomb Making White Supremacist
#92. Celebrating Christmas with an Easter Perspective
Jan 3 2024
#92. Celebrating Christmas with an Easter Perspective
Dr Alfonse Javed, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Metuchen, shares a Christmas message on Jesus, God's Message of Love.Only by celebrating Christmas with an Easter perspective do we experience how Jesus, God’s message of love is what angels said on the first Christmas, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14, ESV).WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:The link between Christmas and EasterJesus is God, King, and LordJesus is God’s message of loveABOUT THE GUEST: Dr. Alfonse Javed, the Senior Pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Metuchen, has planted a church abroad, has been a missions pastor and has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.Born in Lahore, Pakistan — the son of a pastor — Pastor Javed began serving in church at a young age. He has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. He has also planted a church in Greece. In the 1990s, a providential relationship formed when Calvary Baptist Church started supporting his ministry efforts; he would later serve as the missions pastor of that congregation. Eventually, in 2009, he moved to New York with a new vision — mobilizing churches to engage Muslims in the NYC metro area.Dr. Javed’s advanced theological training is from the Greek Bible College, Davis College and Liberty University. He has earned three undergraduate, three graduate, and three doctoral degrees. His dissertations have explored various subjects from religious influence on the American school system to evangelism and church planting, to Islamic madrases and the treatment that Muslims students have received in the post 9/11 New York City school system. He maintains a blog, www.alfonsejaved.com, and is the author of The Muslim Next Door: A Practical Guide for Evangelism and Discipleship. Dr. Javed and his wife, Sarah, have four children.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Revelation 5: 1-7RELATED LINKS:Dr Alfonse Javed's Recent BookOur Urban Voices PodcastFirst Baptist Metuchen WebsiteFather's Love LetterEmail Dr Alfonse JavedTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:33 - Should we celebrate Christmas and Easter?00:59 - Christmas and Easter tells the complete story02:06 - Jesus as the Lion of Judah and the Slaughtered Lamb02:46 - We experience Jesus, God's message of love when we celebrate Christmas with an Easter perspective03:35 - worshiping the Creator God the Father and the Redeemer God the Son04:51 - The Magi brought the message of Easter on Christmas07:22 - Jesus is the Redeemer God09:30 - Jesus is the Royal King11:31 - Jesus is the Rightful Lord13:43 - Are you looking for peace, love, healing, and restoration?14:48 - Jesus is God, King, and LordDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or...
#91. Churches Embracing Change: It Starts With the Leader
Dec 19 2023
#91. Churches Embracing Change: It Starts With the Leader
Pastor Mark Lee sharing on pastoring a church to change and grow in a culturally diverse community.Churches are declining in the United States. What can be done to replant and grow a declining church?Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is leading his congregation in embracing and engaging the ethnically diverse community around them.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Characteristics and Tenants of Biblical LeadershipPaul's Model for Church LeadersIdentifying and Implementing Change to Reverse Decline in Church AttendanceABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is a Graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Mark is married to Minah and they have three adult children– a daughter and two sons.RELATED LINKS:Central Steele Creek Presbyterian ChurchEmail Pastor Mark LeeTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:49 - The group reflects the leader02:01 - Characteristics of Biblical leadership02:18 - Humility, Selflessness, Shepherd's Heart,02:32 - Key in today's church: Willingness to Collaboration04:05 - Willing to listen04:14 - Tenants of biblical leadership04:22 - Paul as an example of leadership04:39 - Humility is a huge part of Christian leadership04:48 - Servant to all people04:55 - A pastor is not going to be liked by everyone in the church05:12 - Maintain spiritual discipline05:36 - Daily habits05:45 - Open to the Holy Spirit05:54 - Willingness and desire to submit to God06:05 - Live among the people06:22 - Rely on and be obedient to the Holy Spirit06:30 - Selflessness and never about personal gain06:58 - Do all church leaders follow the model that Paul has set?07:25 - Greed08:11 - Paul on growing churches in ethnically-diverse communities08:30 - Certain churches have grown in the last 30 years08:43 - Big churches have problems also09:11 - Perseverance for the sake of God's glory09:52 - Opposition and failure is part of ministry10:57 - Expanding our experiences and understanding of other cultures11:02 - Willing and open heart and mind11:32 - Efforts to reach the community13:04 - Online church vs In-Person Church15:04 - Intentionally trying to engage the congregation to join in person18:16 - Steps needed to identify and implement change to reverse decline in church attendance19:01 - We've allowed politics to be an issue19:25 - Make God the priority20:08 - Churches have gone away from Scripture, preaching God, Jesus, the Good News23:33 - Practical things a church can do to incorporate multicultural understanding23:43 - Training within the church24:07 - Cultural intelligence training26:43 - Training brings confidence to talk to people27:08 - Welcome new visitors28:33 - Pastor Mark Lee's email address: mark@cscpc.org29:12 - Importance of understanding the cultureDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#90. Churches Embracing Change: Ethnic & Cultural Diversity
Dec 5 2023
#90. Churches Embracing Change: Ethnic & Cultural Diversity
Pastor Mark Lee sharing on pastoring a church to change and grow in a culturally diverse community.Churches are declining in the United States. What can be done to replant and grow a declining church?Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is leading his congregation in embracing and engaging the ethnically diverse community around them.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Contributing factors to the decline of traditional American churchesMaking diversity a focal pointChallenges for churches in embracing diversityABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is a Graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Mark is married to Minah and they have three adult children– a daughter and two sons.RELATED LINKS:Central Steele Creek Presbyterian ChurchEmail Pastor Mark LeeTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:53 - Pastor Mark Lee introduction03:55 - Doctoral dissertation is the background of this conversation04:24 - Disturbing trend in traditional American churches04:37 - Biggest trend: membership and attendance below 50%04:56 - Membership and attendance declining for the past 30 years06:07 - Churches can't afford full-time pastors06:43 - These trends are on a national level07:12 - Major contributing factors to these trends08:14 - Refusal to change08:23 - Change to attracting younger families08:42 - Move from a heavily liturgical worship service09:06 - to a more blended worship service09:22 - One of the main reasons is that churches are not willing to change09:35 - Change and adapt10:18 - Change needs to take place10:33 - Homogeneous Unit Principle: helping or hurting church growth?11:45 - Transformation of community demographics12:22 - but, the church did not change with the community changes12:35 - Need to embrace the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community13:09 - Making diversity a focal point13:41 - Tried and True no longer effective13:58 - Churches not just declining, but closing14:47 - Build it and they will come - church was the center of community fellowship15:10 - Families changing time commitments and priorities16:03 - Life is more difficult and faster18:07 - Commitment levels changed19:45 - Today's busy lifestyle20:27 - Challenges for churches in embracing diversity20:41 - Historical perceptions21:20 - Younger families21:52 - Slow process22:28 - Start new church vs Rebuild old church24:37 - Physical church appearance27:58 - Short-term and long-term implications of a church embracing diversity28:07 - Short-term30:16 - Long-term
#89. The Key to Understanding Prophecy About Israel
Nov 21 2023
#89. The Key to Understanding Prophecy About Israel
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum discusses Israelology — a key to understanding prophecy and Jesus' earthly ministry.The systematic study of Israel also provides context for understanding the rapture, end times and Jesus' second coming. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum unpacks Jesus' example of leadership and what that means for modern day discipleship. Bonus Content:  Come and See, Ariel Library ResourcesWhat You’ll Learn:What Israelology is and why it matters in the study of the BibleHow to apply Jesus' example of discipleship What scripture says has to happen before the rapture or Jesus’ returnAbout the Guest: In 1943, Arnold was born in Russia into a Jewish family that had fled Poland. After being allowed to go back to Poland in 1945, the family escaped the Iron Curtain with the assistance of the Israeli underground. They spent several years in a British Displaced Persons camp in Germany. While there, Arnold received Orthodox Jewish training from his father. And, the family was befriended by a Lutheran minister. While Arnold was still a boy, the family migrated to New York City. The contact with the Lutheran minister, led Arnold and his mother to the American Board of Missions to the Jews (which would eventually become Chosen People Ministries). Through this ministry, several years later, Arnold came to a saving knowledge of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was 13 years old. Despite his father’s disapproval and harsh treatment, Arnold’s faith endured. After high school, he enrolled in a Christian college. He would go on to transfer and graduate from Cedarville College and later from Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his PhD from New York University. He is the Founder and Director of Ariel Ministries. The ministry offers intensive Bible teaching from a Messianic Jewish perspective with both in-person and online instruction. Tyndale Seminary students may be able to apply some Ariel coursework toward their degree. The ministry’s online library has resources available in English, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Hungarian and Russian.Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum wrote the groundbreaking book, Israelology: the Missing Link in Systematic Theology. He is a prolific author. He has written several Bible commentaries including a recently published commentary on the book of Isaiah. He has authored or co-authored many books including The Feasts and Fasts of Israel: Their Historical and Prophetic Significance and Footsteps of the Messiah. Scripture Related to Episode:Matthew 12-13; Jesus Shifts Ministry Focus to His DisciplesZechariah 13-14; Persecution of the Jewish People, the Abomination of Desolation and the National Salvation of Jewish PeopleEzekiel 38-39; Prophecy about Gog and MagogLinks Related to Episode:Ariel Ministries - Phone: 210-344-7707Arnold Fruchtenbaum, AuthorIsraelology: The Missing Link In Systematic TheologyTimestamped Show Notes:01:19-Topic: Israelology...
#88. A Woman's Place is in the ...
Nov 7 2023
#88. A Woman's Place is in the ...
Pastor Peter Pendell re-thinks women and their calling and role in complementarian Christian ministry.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Has the evangelical Christian community reflected Jesus' attitude about women?Complementarian vs Egalitarian (definitions, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses)Women in Ministry (ordination, leadership, teaching, authority and headship)ABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Peter Pendell has served in pastoral ministry for almost 50 years. His passion is to help people connect with God and with each other. He has given much prayer, thought, and discussion about the call and role of women in complementarian Christian ministry.RELATED LINKS:Email Pastor Peter PendellTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:02:49 - Has the Evangelical Christian community reflected how Jesus gave women a voice?03:04 - Women lead in missions out of necessity03:08 - vs churches in the US03:23 - Why churches are slower about women in ministry leadership?03:27 - Resistance to women in ministry leadership04:04 - Egalitarian defined04:12 - Complementarian defined04:46 - Understanding "in value and dignity"05:02 - Men given leadership05:08 - Women are those who help05:17 - What is the definition of "helper"?05:26 - Thoughts on complementarian theology and male leadership05:48 - God-given role for male leadership applied poorly06:01 - No consistent line for women in ministry06:36 - Belief that godly women should be permitted to do anything under the authority of the elders07:30 - Confusion and tension come from differing definitions of terms08:29 - Ordination and pastoring10:07 - Leadership11:18 - Teaching11:46 - Authority & Headship12:15 - Are titles just semantics?13:05 - Recent changes in defining roles for women in ministry14:16 - C&MA had a process of ordination and consecration14:38 - C&MA new position14:58 - SBC decision leads to two losses15:33 - Consecrated vs Ordained16:39 - Women in the mission field17:30 - I don't have a man so I'm going to let a woman do it...17:50 - Marge Shelley18:52 - Equipping women to lead while adhering to biblical leadership19:28 - Starting talking together, listening well, as flexible as possible20:23 - Draw boundaries20:32 - Formulate training for men and women21:00 - Practical things that church can do22:17 - Open the door as widely as possible22:32 - Peter Pendell's contact information - plpendell@gmail.com23:15 - Humor: Simple solutionsDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#87. MALESTROM Part 2: Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural
Oct 24 2023
#87. MALESTROM Part 2: Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural
MALESTROM: men lose sight of who God created them to be. God's design for men is countercultural.Book Link: Malestrom: How Jesus Dismantles Patriarchy and Redefines ManhoodWHAT YOU'LL LEARN:The church has veered off from Jesus' model of manhoodAuthority vs ResponsibilityThe Christian life is bigger than Sunday morningABOUT THE GUEST: Carolyn Custis James is an award winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world.  Her speaking and writing ministry is dedicated to addressing the deeper needs and issues confronting both women and men as they endeavor to extend God’s kingdom together in a messy and complicated world.RELATED LINKS:Website: Carolyn Custis JamesEmail: Carolyn Custis JamesTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:35 - Beginning of MALESTROM Part 2 : Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural01:48 - Our society embraces patriarchy02:04 - Power is intended to used for God's good purposes02:10 - Biblical examples of power used for God's good purposes03:46 - Where and how the church veered off from Jesus' model of manhood04:01 - Authority vs Responsibility04:31 - We don't think like Jesus04:58 - The gospel is about becoming radically different05:46 - Every human being is important in making a difference07:18 - Culture and Power07:32 - Better decisions are made with collaboration13:07 - Jesus' example of masculinity benefits the church13:44 - Not competing, but teamwork14:54 - Everywhere you are is a kingdom frontline15:15 - Power of a life given to God16:19 - Power of the gospel in a human life16:48 - Our work matters17:43 - Become part of something much bigger than Sunday morning18:31 - Carolyn's contact information - carolyncustisjames.com19:39 - A message of hopeDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#86. MALESTROM Part 1: Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural
Oct 10 2023
#86. MALESTROM Part 1: Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural
MALESTROM: men lose sight of who God created them to be. God's design for men is countercultural.Book Link: Malestrom: How Jesus Dismantles Patriarchy and Redefines ManhoodWHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Patriarchy as seen in the BibleJesus as the model for manhoodExamples of TransformationABOUT THE GUEST: Carolyn Custis James is an award winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world.  Her speaking and writing ministry is dedicated to addressing the deeper needs and issues confronting both women and men as they endeavor to extend God’s kingdom together in a messy and complicated world.RELATED LINKS:Website: Carolyn Custis JamesEmail: Carolyn Custis JamesTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:34 - Beginning of MALESTROM Part 1: Jesus' Model for Men is Countercultural03:08 - Did I miss God's calling for me?03:40 - What is God's vision for HIs children?04:20 - Bible teaching is for men and women05:56 - God's vision for His children in Genesis 1-206:23 - Cultural Rites of Manhood06:42 - Cultural differences in evaluating manhood07:19 - Men in the Bible stories embody manhood that reflect Jesus09:25 - Patriarchal system has impacted every culture09:57 - Patriarchy crowns the firstborn son with double inheritance10:34 - Patriarchy tears apart brothers' relationships11:01 - Patriarchy exists today11:36 - Patriarchy played out in Scripture11:46 - Women begin to move to the margins after Genesis 312:03 - Patriarchal system lead to all kinds of violence12:26 - Hierarchical system with little room at the top and is not secure13:21 - The calling of every human being is to image God14:17 - Male and female is a blessed alliance14:40 - The enemy breaks up this alliance14:51 - Divine revelation on how to treat each other15:04 - Humanity empowered to care for the world15:54 - The language for the woman is "ezer kenegdo"15:59 - ezer - God as the helper of His people17:16 - ezer examples that are not husband and wife17:30 - Ruth as an "ezer"19:04 - Jesus taught a countercultural calling for men19:46 - Jesus taught about justice, truth, emulating God's character20:16 - Emulating models other than Jesus21:08 - Paul and the Philippian women22:31 - Jesus and Mary of Bethany23:57 - the call for our Christian brothers25:28 - Judah as a model for manhood30:39 - End of MALESTROM Part 1: Jesus' Model for Men is CounterculturalDID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#85. Complete Transformation in Addiction Recovery
Sep 26 2023
#85. Complete Transformation in Addiction Recovery
Alex Willis is the Intake Coordinator for Brooklyn Teen Challenge. His main objective is to introduce broken people to Jesus, get them enrolled into the Brooklyn Teen Challenge program, and help them cultivate a life free from addiction.Brooklyn Teen ChallengeWHAT YOU'LL LEARN:A typical day in the program3 phase approach to recoveryTransition back to societyABOUT THE GUEST: Alex Willis was born and raised in a small town called Shell Lake, WI and served in the United States Marine Corps from 2009 to 2011. He is a full-time student at Regent University, attaining his bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Care. He serves on staff at Brooklyn Adult and Teen Challenge, the flagship program that began in 1958 by Pastor David Wilkerson, and is also a graduate of the program.RELATED LINKS:Brooklyn Teen ChallengeTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:03:23 - Mission and Vision of Teen Challenge03:57 - Healthy Spiritually leads to Healthy Physically04:02 - Pastor David Wikerson convicted to speak to boys on trial in NYC for murder04:21 - Wilkerson stayed in NYC meets gang leader, Mickey Cruz04:51 - Mickey Cruz convicted and gave his heart to the Lord04:58 - 250 Teen Challenges centers in the US05:00 - 1400 Teen Challenge centers worldwide05:15 - Pastor Wilkerson also the founding pastor of Times Square Church05:47 - Process of the Teen Challenge Program05:54 - Duration: 1 year live-in program06:17 - Phase 1 of 3 (6 months): Basic introduction to scripture and Christianity06:43 - Brooklyn Teen Challenge caters to adults06:59 - Phase 2 of 3 (3 months): Learning hermeneutics and how to read scripture07:07 - Teen Challenge is a Discipleship program07:13 - Learn skills in the workplace & Work therapy at the center08:08 - Phase 3 of 3 (3 months): Develop next steps to transition back into society08:44 - Some may have a calling to serve at Teen Challenge08:53 - Internship program09:17 - Criteria for the internship program09:34 - Plan for success at the 12-month mark09:47 - Pastor Winston Trumpet helps formulate exit plan10:06 - A typical day in the program14:22 - Steps to take after completion of the program16:18 - Alex's personal testimony of Teen Challenge19:28 - Sent to the Brooklyn school of ministry25:44 - Teen Challenge outreach opportunities28:09 - How can my church come alongside Teen Challenge?30:55 - Success rate of Teen Challenge upon completion32:23 - Alex Willis' contact information (917-982-8448, alex@brooklynteenchallenge.org)DID YOU APPRECIATE THIS PODCAST? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#84. Establishing Legitimacy for Missionaries
Sep 12 2023
#84. Establishing Legitimacy for Missionaries
Establishing Legitimacy for MissionariesLegality vs Legitimacy of Missionaries in Foreign CountriesSteve Schirmer is the President of Silk Road Catalyst, a ministry family committed to ending gospel deprivation, ensuring all peoples in all places have gospel access. Legitimacy in Missions Matters Book LinkWHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Equipping local population and foreign missionariesBalancing Truth vs Safety 8 Steps to establishing legitimacyABOUT THE GUEST: Steve Schirmer is the President of Silk Road Catalyst, a ministry family committed to ending gospel deprivation, ensuring all peoples in all places have gospel access. Steve has served as a missionary in various capacities for 23 years, beginning in China. Since 2013, Steve has been leading Silk Road Catalyst where they invest in multiple countries from Eastern Asia to the Middle East.RELATED LINKS: Steve Schirmer's Twitter Page Silk Road Catalyst website Silk Road Catalyst YouTube channelTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:02:56 - Vision of Silk Road Catalyst03:06 - Primary focus is disciple-making and church planting03:17 - Secondary focus is compassion ministries03:46 - DNA of Silk Road Catalyst03:57 - National Population Participation04:00 - Foreign Missionary Participation04:10 - National Participants as Part of Leadership Team05:41 - Issues with the term "Unreached People Groups"06:23 - Definition of "Gospel Deprived"07:49 - The Gospel will go everywhere08:02 - Mobilizing the whole church for the whole world08:06 - A lot of work done in Latin countries, Africa, Asia08:35 - Challenges in funding08:40 - Greater effort needed in empowering the church08:49 - New challenges 09:16 - Need for Church in the west to partner with church in the global south09:35 - Mobilize in both partnership and team members10:21 - The need to empower local Christians to share the gospel10:41 - Empowering local Christians to lead10:58 - Equipping the local Christians to lead12:04 - Commonly known challenges12:36 - The biggest hurdle is the church itself12:42 - What is my role if I am not called to go?14:10 - Fear slows down gospel advancement14:34 - Not letting security issues dictate the entire ministry14:54 - Every Christian to be following Jesus to the end15:03 - The "Navy Seals" of Missionaries15:25 - Book: Legitimacy in Missions Matters15:42 - Audience for the book16:08 - Legitimacy in the public context of missionaries16:23 - Purpose of the book is to address "deception"16:35 - Is lying okay for the sake of the gospel?18:41 - Presenting to the local community19:02 - Legality vs Legitimacy19:30 - Forming business that benefitted the culture19:57 - The Rehab Approach20:37 - Who does the Rahab Approach protect?22:24 - Balancing safety and the truth22:52 - Fight or Flight?23:10 - Safety cannot be our priority23:16 - The gospel is the priority25:32 - Two of the Five Marks of Legitimacy...25:34 - ...Beneficial to the Community27:18 - ...Reasonable Lifestyle29:33 - Two of Four things legitimate presence does not do30:28 - The breaking point in proclaming...
#83. Supporting Our Missionaries Well is Not Just Financial
Aug 29 2023
#83. Supporting Our Missionaries Well is Not Just Financial
David Thomae, the Director of Mission to the World's Member Care Department shares about caring for our missionaries well.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:Proactive ways to support missionariesVarying missionary needs in urban or rural contextsHow to build relationships of careABOUT THE GUEST: David and Jan Thomae work with Mission to the World’s Member Care Department, supporting and encouraging MTW’s efforts to care well for every missionary.David and Jan joined Mission to the World in 1988 and have experience ranging from rural Africa to urban Europe, including more than 10 years of leading member care for MTW’s Muslim-focused ministries. David’s appointment as director fulfills MTW’s longtime goal of having a missionary leading its care efforts.RELATED LINKS:Mission to the World WebsiteTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:02:59 - member care for missionaries03:22 - working with unreached people group03:27 - reaching people in health centers03:31 - working at the community level04:56 - working with Pakistani and Iranian Muslims in London05:30 - Muslims are interested in talking about religion06:55 - member care helps people grow ministry08:15 - multi-faceted care08:32 - understanding the necessity of care08:47 - equip and train missionaries for self-care08:55 - encourage sending church to care well09:21 - offer conferences, counseling09:46 - network of care10:09 - care in different contexts11:31 - building relationships of care12:04 - missionary agencies without a care initiative12:13 - proactive care12:52 - local congregations to provide care13:28 - sending church to provide care14:48 - easier to talk to a Muslim than a secular person in England15:58 - specific care for missionaries in Muslim-focused ministry17:36 - Presbyterian (PCA) missions organization viewpoint19:26 - how can sending churches care for missionaries19:38 - pastoral visit to missionary20:10 - generous financial support20:17 - extra assistance that missionaries need during during life transitions21:10 - take interest in missionary visits to the church22:14 - challenges that missionaries face23:42 - no guilt in prioritizing self-care24:56 - sources for careCheckout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#82. Rediscovering the Early Church's Vision for Global Missions
Aug 1 2023
#82. Rediscovering the Early Church's Vision for Global Missions
Pastor Matt Burden on rediscovering the early church's vision for global missions and what today's church can learn from that.His new book is Missionary Motivations: Challenges from the Early Church IN THIS PODCAST,How did the New Testament churches do missions?New Testament Missiology and Impact on the 21st Century ChurchPractical EvangelismMatthew Burden is an author, pastor, and scholar, currently serving a church in eastern Maine. His research focuses on the intersection of church history and missiology, with a focus on understanding the missional ideas that motivated previous generations of Christians. He is the author of several books, including "Missionary Motivations: Challenges from the Early Church."SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:John 3: 16Luke 10Matthew 28RELATED LINKS:Calais Baptist Church Pastor Burden's BlogTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:46 - The early church's vision for global mission01:20 - Introducing Pastor Matthew Burden02:20 - More on Pastor Matthew Burden03:59 - Why the Book, Missionary Motivations08:12 - What and when was the "Early Church?"11:43 - New Testament doesn't give much on how to do missions17:13 - Commanded to share the gospel18:40 - How did the early church share the gospel?24:22 - The most famous Bible verse28:04 - How should we do global missions today?34:36 - Missions and evangelism on a practical level43:03 - Pastor Matthew Burden's contact informationCheckout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#81. Innovative Funding Options to Support Global Missions
Jul 18 2023
#81. Innovative Funding Options to Support Global Missions
Tim Welch — a veteran missionary — has researched some of the inventive ways missions is funded in the Majority World. For decades, he served with SIM in Cote d'Ivoire. But, he makes a case for missionaries relying on more than once source of funding. He outlines several ways churches around the world fund missions from his recently released book, New Funding Models for Global Mission.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:5 reasons the Western models of funding missions don't work in the Majority World5 innovative models that make missionary support accessible in the Majority WorldHow raising missions support impacts funding for the local churchABOUT THE GUEST: Tim Welch (DMin, Université de l'Alliance Chrétienne d'Abidjan) served as a missionary in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire for 31 years with SIM, including 22 years as national director. Currently he serves as the SIM Ministry Point Person for Literature. Tim has written five books in French and two books in English, with a third book - this one for African children - due out later this year. Tim and his wife Janet live in Colorado. They have two children and four grandchildren.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:3 John 6-8; Support MissionariesActs 18: 3; Paul a TentmakerMalachi 3:10; Bring the Entire TitheRELATED LINKS:New Funding Models for Global Mission by Tim Welch, DMinSIM USAEmail Tim WelchNew Funding Models for Global Mission - On FacebookTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:00:37 - Topic: Tim Welch, Multiple Models for Missions Funding in the Majority World02:16 - Family on the Mission Field03:42 - 3 Reasons Why Missions Funding Matters04:21 - Funding for Missionaries in Closed Countries05:24 - Missions in NYC with Non-Traditional Funding08:15 - Unique Funding Challenges of Majority World Missionaries08:37 - Majority World, Terminology in Perspective09:07 - 5 Reasons the Western Models of Funding Missions Don't Work in the Majority World10:11 - Cultural Appropriateness10:25 - Reliance on Individualism11:02 - Some of the 18 Predominant Funding Models for Missions11:30 - 5 Alternatives for Missions Funding, Pros and Cons11:47 - Individually Sourced Funding12:54 - Employment Sourced Funding, Tentmaking14:12 - Missions Agency Funding15:29 - Congregational Funding16:30 - Multiple Funding Sources17:01 - Missions Funding Models from Around the World17:17 - From Peru and Bolivia, 12 Church Model18:34 - From India, Handful of Rice Model Supported Over 1,800 Missionaries in 201020:17 - From Papua New Guinea, the Designation Model21:40 -...