What are some of the world’s favorite bible verses? Youversion (the popular smartphone Bible App) tracked on their app, the most popular Bible scriptures by country. The results are fascinating:
Despite its nearly 550,000 shares, Romans 8:28 was only the top verse in 9 of the 88 countries and territories tracked by YouVersion, including the United States, Singapore, and Ghana.
By comparison, Jeremiah 29:11 (“For I know the plans I have for you… ”) was the top verse in 29 of the 88 countries and territories, including Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Italy.
Read the whole thing.
The entire European continent needs to be re-evangelized and discipleship re-introduced to places that were once at the forefront of sending missionaries around the world:
A new study highlighting religious differences in England and Wales shows that there are now more “nones” or people of no religion in those two countries compared to Christians. A stunning 48.5 percent of people who took the British Social Attitudes survey reported that they had no religion whatsoever, compared to 43.8 percent of those who identified as Christian. “Christian” was identified as Anglican, Catholic or other Christian denominations.
The reason the numbers are so surprising is the percentage has nearly doubled in only four years. In the last survey, done in 2011, 25 percent identified as “nones.”
We can watch this happen from the comfort of our churches, or go into all the world making disciples. God has made it clear what we’re to choose.
Karl Vaters asks, “Would Jesus have responded to the question ‘how will we measure success?’ with anything less than a face-palm?”
Metrics aren’t wrong. Measuring our progress can be helpful. But can we all admit that the idea of using statistics to measure a church’s success came from us, not from Jesus? And that measuring our progress numerically has not been considered a vital ingredient in reaching the world for Jesus until really, really recently in church history?
How did the church grow for 1900 years without anyone asking that question or taking rigorous measurements?
As important as measuring our success is supposed to be, the church should thrive in the places and times when we have accurate measurements, and it should be dying in places and times when we don’t. But any accurate study of church history and current revivals shows that the opposite tends to be true.
Read the whole thing.
John Wasem applies to ministry a rule of thumb learned from Dr. George Calver, the first appointed doctor for the United States Congress:
He was confident that if people would “give 5% of your time to keeping well, then you would not have to give 100% getting over being sick.” I would call it the “5% Rule.”
It’s not an earth-shaking finding, but what works well usually isn’t:
If as church planters we would give 5% of our time – day after day – tending to the health and well-being of our personal lives and ministries, the preventive maintenance would pay huge dividends.
So far this year, 41 disciples have registered at the One Year Challenge website.
Which sites are they most frequently matched with?
For mission churches, it’s Spain (14), China (13), Germany and Switzerland (10 each), and Norway (9).*
For campus ministries in college towns, it’s Eugene, OR (19); Pullman, WA (15); Lawrence, KS and Norman, OK (7 each); Storrs, CT (6), Auburn, AL (5) and Charlottesville, VA and State College, PA (3 each).
Just because a site has lower numbers, that doesn’t mean it’s less popular. The site may have stricter requirements, such that few volunteers are matched in registration.
Later we’ll post more data on the “other worthy sites” locations, and on where OYC disciples are actually going.
*The numbers add to more than 41 because many participants are matched to, and select more than one site.
So far this year, 40 have registered at the One Year Challenge website. Of these, most are still talking with a site, but two have committed to go to Geneva, Switzerland, one to China and one to Eugene, Oregon.