In the last few years, there have been dramatic shifts in our understanding of the scriptures — not so much in terms of doctrine as in how to live the doctrine. David Lipscomb’s service during the Nashville cholera epidemic is a great example of the kind of Christian living that people are looking for. Teach mission.
Let orthopraxy (right actions) be just as important as orthodoxy (right teaching) in your articles. Get practical. Teach more about living as Jesus lived. Tell the stories of men and women who sacrificially serve their neighbors.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had as many articles telling the stories of the lives of missionaries as articles arguing the proper way to support missionaries?
The Churches of Christ have a desperate need to do a better job of recruiting, training, sending, and supporting missionaries. Most Churches do this the way they did it 50 years ago, when times were very different. Our churches — conservative, progressive, and in between — desperately need training on these things.
Open your pages to Missions Resource Network, the Continent of Great Cities, Eastern European Missions, and like organizations to give instruction on how we can work together to do a better job.
The Churches of Christ have long believed in church planting, but recent research has done much to improve the likelihood of success. We now know how to do it better. The independent Christian Churches are one of the few denominations that are growing, and they do it through church plants. And they take advantage of the latest research.
Talk to Kairos and Mission Alive and let them teach your readers how to participate in domestic church plants.
The dramatic loss of our children when they graduate from high school is well known, and the problem crosses denominational lines. Recent studies and thought show that part of the solution is the “Orange” concept in which youth ministers work with parents to help them be better parents and examples. The youth minister must be transformed from an entertainer and devo leader to a partner with parents in raising Christ-like children.
In addition, as I’ve covered here many time, churches struggle with age-group segregation. Our churches often so separate the young from old that the young don’t get to see the olders members living for Jesus. We need for our churches to help adults, not just parents, live missional lives in the presence of our congregation’s children so that they see that adults live what they preach.