For nearly half a century, EMQ has served the missionary community worldwide by providing relevant, engaging, thoughtful articles on a vast array of ministry topics. EMQ is one of the top journals for missiologists and is the premier journal for the North American mission community.
Ted Esler, Missio Nexus’ president, said, “EMQ is a perfect fit for the Missio Nexus community. Many of our programs are aimed at mission leadership and administration. We have been looking for ways to expand this and serve global field staff with a greater focus on field ministry. EMQ is the journal written by and serving the needs of these mission practitioners. It is a great fit alongside our many other membership benefit offerings.”
Missio Nexus plans to make EMQ available by:
Adding EMQ to an already extensive list of membership benefits. With over 20,000 globally dispersed missionaries represented by members, EMQ’s readership will expand.
Providing a subscription option for those who are not members of Missio Nexus.
House the archives of past EMQ journals and make them publicly accessible.
The first edition of EMQ under Missio Nexus’ leadership will be published in 2018 as a digital publication. Existing EMQ subscribers will be informed about the changes and updates to their subscription in the months ahead.
About Missio Nexus: Missio Nexus is the largest and most inclusive expression of Great Commission oriented evangelicals in North America (US and Canada) that fosters shared learning, opportunities for collaborative action, and produces increased effectiveness through its many mission-orientated products, programs, and services.
Announcement: Lausanne and Operation World Agree to Partnership
I am taking a moment to unashamedly promote a great resource that is under-utilized and generally unknown among the evangelical, missions-minded world. The Lausanne Movement has been at the forefront of developing both innovative and biblical missiology since the 1970s. I serve as the Deputy Director for Collaboration and Content at Lausanne, and in my editing/curating, I regularly discover wonderful articles and essays that deserve consideration.
On the website there are many great resources. Here are a few places to start:
The About page is a must-read for understanding the breadth and depth of The Lausanne Movement and its contribution to evangelical missions.
The Lausanne Global Analysis, published bi-monthly, describes itself as seeking “to deliver strategic and credible information and insight from an international network of evangelical analysts to equip influencers of global mission.”
The Lausanne Occasional Paper section contains scholarly papers by leading evangelical, missions-minded thinkers and practitioners addressing issues related to global mission.
In the Content Library there are other multimedia resources and tools for education and the local church.
Another great resource for global collaboration is the link for Connections. In this section there are numerous networks for global Christian leaders to find others who are serving in similar regions with like-minded ministry vision.
Here is a short video describing The Lausanne Movement in 100 seconds:
For the followers of Christ to effectively obey the Great Commission to preach the gospel into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, it is indispensable, indeed, for an urban Christian mission agent to have a cross-cultural, multilingual mindset.
We already mentioned in the first part of this discussion two of the four habits of the mind that a cross-cultural urban Christian mission agent should develop, namely:
A passionate love for the Triune God and a strong love for people. (Matt 22:36-40)
A healthy self-love and self-esteem in Christ. (Rom. 12:1-3)
Equally important with the first two traits, the next two are a must have as well.
An attitude of lifelong learning and open-mindedness is an essential attribute of a fruitful urban mission agent of change.
As a lifelong learner, he continues to develop and expand his competencies in evangelizing, establishing and equipping of the saints and re-think these ministry skills from a different cross-cultural perspective. He will learn the biblical and contextualized ways of ministering to men, women and children of different cultural backgrounds.
When the urban discipler is humble, teachable and open-minded, he’ll do everything in his power to be diligent in learning the language and studying the cultural milieu of his target ethnic groups. He will learn of their ways of thinking, communicating and doing things. In fact, he, with an open mind and a learner’s heart, can learn a lot of life lessons from these international immigrants whom he seeks to reach out and minister.
A teacher-developer-capacity builder mindset is absolutely necessary for an urban Christian ‘missionary’ to be effective in reaching the metropolitan dwellers of different socio-economic, educational, cultural, work and family backgrounds.
For the urban missionary to be able to effectively evangelize, establish and equip people, he should have the creative ability to do and teach the Scriptures from the spiritual milk of the very basic presentation of the Gospel of Christ to the more spiritual solid food of the reign of the Triune God through all eternity (Heb. 5:12; 1 Cor. 3:2).
It is only through the Spirit-empowered teaching and learning of the Word of God can lives be truly transformed. Besides the knack of teaching one-on-one, small group or a large crowd, the urban Christian worker should be passionate in developing disciplers, training disciplemakers and raising leaders from among the people of his target international ethnic groups. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Indeed, there could be more of the important traits and mindsets needed for urban Christian workers, disciplers and lay leaders to have. But anyone can’t do without these four essentials.