The Missions Podcast
By Alex Kocman & Scott Dunford
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The Missions Podcast exists to answer hard questions about theology, missions, and practice to help goers think and thinkers go. We are conservative, evangelical, and gospel-centered. We think missions should be about the glory of God, the salvation of people, and the establishing of Christ's church to be salt and light in every culture. Every second and fourth Monday of the month, Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman dive into questions of contextualization, the local church, strategy, the implications of our theology, and best practices for senders, and goers alike. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE International, a conservative, evangelical missions agency with a force of about 1,000 workers serving across 70 countries with a focus on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. The views expressed by the hosts are solely theirs and do in no way, explicitly or implicitly, represent the views of ABWE and its partner churches and missionaries.
||CleanChurch Planting: Multiethnic or Homogeneous Units?||Should churches aim to be multiethnic, or should we stick to the homogenous unit principle inherited from missiologists? In today’s episode, Brian (last name withheld), a former IMB missionary to the Middle East and current missions pastor focusing on||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs LGBT the Next Mission Field?||How can Christians understand individuals connected with the LGBT community a mission field—full of people made in the image of God, in need of the gospel? ABWE North America missionary Jim Childs shares his story to help answer. Jim is helping spearh||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJared C. Wilson: Why Missionaries Need the Gospel Too||Pastors and missionaries are supposed to be sharing the gospel, but inwardly, many believe that they’re justified by their own performance. In this episode, Jared C. Wilson—a “failed church planter” who “once made a mess of his marriage” (h||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndia, Sex Trafficking, and the Gospel||India is home to more unreached people groups, women and children in the sex industry, impoverished families, and idols then anywhere else on the planet. What impact could a few missionaries possibly have, and how does the hope of the gospel encourage t||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Does Hospitality Fuel Mission?||Starting gospel conversations—whether at home or overseas—is difficult in our distracted, technology-addicted world. Is returning to a practice of holistic, biblical hospitality part of the solution to strengthen our evangelism? Jeff Dalrymple, form||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Can We Prevent Missionary Burnout?||Ministry burnout is real. On the mission field, the pressures are vastly multiplied. Cultural shock, marital strain, poor team dynamics, and temptation all threaten missionaries’ spiritual, mental, and emotional health. Better, more proactive member c||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarnabas Piper on Ministry Kids, Curiosity, and Identity||How do you handle the pressures of growing up hearing “don’t waste your life,” and what lessons can missionary kids and pastors’ kids take away? Barnabas Piper joins us this week as we wander to and fro to discuss those topics along with cultiva||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanT4G Panel on Theological Training in Missions||There’s a theological famine across the majority world. How can we fix that? Are translated English resources the solution? How can we encourage more theological educators to serve overseas? And why does the chasm between the gospel-centered, big-God||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod’s Sovereignty, Human Responsibility, and Missions||Is Reformed theology antithetical to missions? Can Calvinists and Arminians partner together in gospel ministry? Today, Scott and Alex take a swing at these hotly-debated topics and provide answers from a biblical perspective recognizing that God’s so||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharles Smith on Missions Leadership “For the Church”||What does leadership have to do with missions? Everything. Although conversations on leadership are often kept separate from the realm of missiology, Charles Smith believes that now is the time to talk about what gospel-centered leadership—for the ch||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Kingdom of God and the Authority of the Great Commission||We speak so much of the “kingdom of God”—but what does that mean, and how does Jesus’ present reign in heaven impact our mission? These questions are often neglected, misunderstood, or purposefully avoided in American evangelicalism, and there||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gift of Singleness in Missions: an Interview With Lina AbuJamra||Singleness can feel like a death sentence for some—but for women like Lina AbuJamra, it’s a gift to be stewarded. How can God use singles on the mission field? Lina weighs in and shares her perspective as a Lebanese-American physician currently invo||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Understand and Reach Hindus||Of all the world’s religions that are likely to stump Western Christians, Hinduism tops the list. How can Christians make sense of Hinduism’s millions of deities, belief in reincarnation, denial of human suffering, and rigorous caste system? Better||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Should Christians Engage Other Religious Texts?||Should Christians read books the Qur’an—and if so, how? What about other religious texts? To help us answer those questions, we asked is Matthew Bennett, an experienced missionary who served in the Middle East, now instructor of missions and theolog||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere Did the Gritty Missionaries Go? David Joannes on Missionary Motivations||C.T. Studd is credited with saying, “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” But in today’s world where everyone is encouraged to “live on mission,” this classic missiona||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Everything Is Missions… (Nothing Is): A Chat With Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison||Is every Christian a missionary? Is there a difference between missions, missional, and mission? Denny Spitters and President Matthew Ellison, authors of When Everything Is Missions, answer.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaren Swallow Prior on Engaging Postmodern Culture||How can Christians in the West remain faithful to their convictions and winsomely engage their postmodern neighbors? Karen Swallow Prior, English professor, author, pro-life activist, and writer published everywhere from The Atlantic to The Gospel Coa||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuffering and Sovereignty in the Rohingya Crisis||Youve probably heard of the plight of the Rohingya people—an unreached, Muslim people group forced out of Myanmar and into Bangladesh. But you probably havent heard about the Christian workers on the ground whom God has sovereignly positioned to impac||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan DeWitt on Apologetics, Missions, and Suffering||Do all missionaries need to know apologetics? Some say yes, plenty say no. We invited our friend Dan DeWitt, an expert on the topic, to answer.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Raise Missions-Minded Children||Parenting is stressful enough—not to mention the crucial responsibility parents have to raise their children in the way of Christ. Is it worthwhile to expose children to missions, and if so, how early is too early? What are some best practices for ins||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Gospel Transforms Cultures: Vishal Mangalwadi on William Carey||Gandhis India couldnt have existed without William Carey. Thats the argument made by Vishal Mangalwadi, who makes the case that the gospel necessarily transforms culture—and William Carey is the example.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be a “World Christian”||Voices in missions today tell us we should all become “global Christians.” In this episode we answer what that means and how to do it—with all the resources everyday believers need to stay informed.||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLori McDaniel on Being a “Rebel” Like Lottie Moon||Its December, which means Southern Baptists are hearing the name “Lottie Moon” and instantly associating it with missions. Who was Lottie Moon? Why was the Christmas Offering named after her? What can we learn from her as trailblazing, single female||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Much Contextualization is Too Much?||Today in missions there’s a lot of talk about contextualization. The “C scale” developed by John Travis makes a case for so-called insider movements—professing believers in the Islamic world who follow Jesus, yet remain culturally and religiousl||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Davis on the Pastor as Mobilizer||How can local church pastors lead the charge to mobilize for missions? ABWE President Paul Davis joins us to share his insights on how pastors can spark missions-minded imagination fueled by culture and Scripture, drawing on his decades of experience in||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Dumas on Adoption, Foster Care, and Missions||Were commanded to disciple all the nations. We are also told to care for the orphan and fatherless. What do adoption and foster care have to do with global missions? Is social justice a distraction to world evangelism? Dan Dumas, Special Advisor for Fos||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Build a Sending Church Culture||Where are all the new missionaries? In the church. Join us as we explore seven ways to build a sending church and mobilize the next generation of goers God has sovereignly placed in the pews.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Should Missionaries Care About the Reformation?||We’re joined again by Jonathan Arnold to discuss another critical question regarding the Reformation—why should those involved in missions care?||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDid the Reformers Believe in the Great Commission?||Special guest Jonathan Arnold, an Oxford graduate, author, and professor as the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, joins us to discuss a critical question as we remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Did the Reformers really b||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Should Stop Sending Short-Term||Over 2 million Americans go on a short-term missions trip each year. So with more than 4,000 unreached people groups, why not keep sending as many short-termers as possible?||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s Wrong With Missions Agencies?||In our first episode, we lay it down straight about missions agencies. Are they biblical, or are they just modern constructs that exist to fill the gap when the local church drops the ball? Do they even work?||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great podcast to help pastors think about missions.
As a pastor, I know the great commission is important. I even know my church should be involved in it. But there are so many things I don’t know, such as how to care for our foreign missionaries or how to raise up new missionaries within our church. This is a great podcast to help pastors like myself, and other ministry leaders, do what Christ calls every Christian and church to do: to go and to send.
Excellent and needed podcast
Very good content, helpful and needed podcast. Look forward to learning more from these guys in future episodes.
If the first episode is any indication, this podcast will provide needed, biblical, church-centric perspectives on missions. The Great Commission must be at the forefront of every church’s purpose, and this podcast will help Christians understand how they should accomplish the mission.