Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


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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I had to start teaching just hours after the long trip from Grand Rapids to Accra, Ghana.  I felt pretty good, but I knew it was a stretch to be my best.  It turned out well and after teaching we were to go to dinner (although I was ready to go to bed).  God’s timing does not wait for my rest!  During the dinner a key business lady began to share her excitement about the DML message and work.  It is always nice to hear from busy...

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From the Mouths of Children


Posted By on Nov 18, 2018

This past week, I had the privilege to be the speaker for the Bible Study at the Victory Baptist Church in Kaduna, Nigeria. I have to admit that it was a bit of a struggle for me to get enthusiastic about it.  You see, I had to teach Integrity and Finance with ECWA Seminary that morning from 9-12:30 pm.  Then I had to rush to another Baptist Church where we were doing a two-day workshop for pastors and church leaders from the area...

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Letting Pictures Tell the Story


Posted By on Nov 11, 2018

[Writing to you from Kaduna, Nigeria where we have DML events, as well as teaching a class for the ECWA seminary Masters students.] To say that last week in Ghana was a busy week would be an understatement.  But to say it was a successful week, with many answered prayers, would be quite accurate.  We thank God for the past week with our DML partners from West and East Africa. We spent time in prayer and worship as a team. We spent...

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This past week we had a delightful time with very thoughtful, experienced, wise pastors, church leaders, theologians, and business people. The Ghana DML Movement team carefully selected representatives from the following regions of Ghana: Northern Region, Ashanti Region, Brong-Ahafo Region, Western Region, Eastern Region, Upper East, and Central Region. All regions of Ghana, with the exception of Upper West, were represented. Then...

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