Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


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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In 1945 a book called Toward the Conversion of England stated this: “We are convinced that England will never be converted until the laity use the opportunities daily afforded by their various professions, crafts, and occupations.” In 1945, 30% of England attended church. In 2018, less than 7% attend church in England. In Europe, fewer than 3% of the population attend church weekly. They have become secularized and now...

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Ethiopian Economics


Posted By on Oct 1, 2018

Ethiopia is considered to have one of the fastest growing economies in the world, for GDP per capita growth from 2000-2016 (IMF).  It has been lauded in many arenas because of this and it is believed that their GDP will continue to show great growth for the next five years at least.  Additionally, while much of Sub-Saharan Africa found the number of people in extreme poverty going up in the last fifteen years, Ethiopia decreased from...

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Today we start our last week of this trip.  It started in Ethiopia, then Uganda, on to Kenya, and finishing in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.  This week, as with the previous five weeks, will be packed with training pastors and business people.  There is a deep weariness setting in but God has been good as we have been able to reach deep to summon the strength to finish well. Last week, we were in Eldoret with pastors from 27 different...

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