Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


“Church begins on Monday…


Posted By on Mar 18, 2019

“Church begins on Monday…Sunday is garage time.” This is a quote from a Kenyan Marketplace Minister.  This is one of many analogies that we hear about the need to change how we define the Church. She went on to describe that Sunday is the day for the vehicle (ourselves) to be refueled, have oil changes, or minor repairs.  But being the light of Christ begins when we leave the building and become the Church scattered,...

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On Saturday, I leave for a longer trip (six weeks) to East Africa, starting in Tanzania, then to Kenya, then to Ethiopia.  It feels like I just got home…in part because in some ways I did just get home, but also there was a good amount of travel while I was home these past three weeks. As the schedule for DML continues to intensify and the requests from churches and schools grows, it can feel overwhelming at times to try to...

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Muddy Water


Posted By on Feb 25, 2019

This past Friday was the second Work as Worship Retreat, put on by RightNow Media.  While I was disappointed that my church decided not to participate, I was thankful that across the country more than 11,000 people participated in many local churches.  I’m additionally excited that RightNow Media is partnering with Discipling Marketplace Leaders to replicate the Work as Worship Retreat in the countries where we are working in...

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Frustrated Eagerness


Posted By on Feb 11, 2019

“I want to tell you how this has changed me.  You need to hear the details.”  She said this to me with an urgency, while sitting on the edge of her chair.  “The message that my work can be worship has been startling and invigorating at the same time.  I have taken it to my staff and they too are changing.  We had never even thought about the environmental bottom line before and now all of us are involved in caring...

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This Is Your Morning


Posted By on Feb 4, 2019

I have left Liberia and am now in Cameroon.  I am writing this on the road (Sunday morning) as we are traveling from Douala, the business capital, to Yaoundé, which is the official capital.  After conversations for the first couple of hours, I spent the rest of the trip going through my notes from Nigeria, Liberia, and Cameroon, and making the updates, changes, and reminders from workshops and presentations.  This is a regular must-do...

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Man Started by Resting


Posted By on Jan 27, 2019

On Saturday we left Nigeria and are now in Liberia, where we will do a DML workshop before I go to Cameroon and Dr. Walker goes to Egypt.  The Harmattan winds were thick in Nigeria as dust hung in the air, while the humidity in Liberia hangs thickly in the air.  I haven’t been in Liberia since 2012 and I forgot how useless it is to do anything with my hair while I’m here – it just goes curly in the humidity.  Dr....

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Back to West Africa


Posted By on Jan 7, 2019

This Friday, I leave for West Africa.  It feels like we just left there (end of November).  Christmas was such a busy time with family and the days just flew by! We will start this trip working with the Baptist Seminary in Lagos, where over 300 pastors and church leaders will attend our workshop.  We will then spend a day with the faculty and staff of the Baptist Seminary to explore how the Church can begin to shift from defining...

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This is the time when many of us look at statistics from the past year, personal, national, or international. In my study, I have been reading statistics about the status of Global Christianity, especially from 1900-2050, and thought I would share some of these with you. Here are some facts from a report from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: Christianity is projected to hold its own in terms of percentage of the world.  In 1900 it...

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I have finished my courseload for my PhD and have started working on my dissertation proposal.  While the title is yet a work in process, the essence of the dissertation will be looking at justice in the Global Christian Church as it relates to the economy and the earth.  The requirements for the literature review for the dissertation is one hundred and fifty writings from different authors.  That is a HUGE amount of reading to do. ...

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An Expanding DML Team


Posted By on Dec 3, 2018

We are excited to announce that the Discipling Marketplace Leaders team is growing.  Our goal as a ministry is to stay as organizationally flat as possible, partnering with existing ministries in our partner countries.  This helps keep this ministry owned by nationals who know and understand the context the best, as well as keeping organizational overhead costs low. But as we grow, there is a need for some expansion.  Dr. Walker and I...

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