How the Church can Make Disciples in 2023
We, as followers of Jesus, are called to prioritize inviting others to follow Him.
Why? Because Jesus did.
Making disciples was demonstrated to be the priority of Jesus. He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)
In light of this, how do we, as disciples, make disciples?
In recent years, while the church has been in decline in the west, much has been learned about making disciples in Asia and elsewhere. Disciple Making Movements (centered around a 7-step process commonly known as “Discovery Bible Study”) are multiplying disciples-who-make-disciples. Surprisingly, these movements are multiplying disciples throughout diverse cultures and through ordinary lay people.
The process is simple, focusing on allowing the Holy Spirit to apply the Word of God to us personally, inviting us not only to knowledge, but also, in response to insight, obedience.
Here is the simple 7-step process for facilitating Discovery Bible Study ...
Great Things Ahead in 2023
Executive Director, Craig Kraft and Board Chairman, Ray Woodard provide a brief update on the transition process and the exciting year ahead for Outreach Canada as the year begins.
Lunar New Year: How Should Christians Celebrate
How should faith impact our celebrations of Lunar New Year as followers of Jesus? Alfred Chui expands on the meaning & traditions of Lunar New Year and offers perspective on how followers of Jesus should respond…
Outreach Canada Vision for Ministry in 2023
Sharing the OC Ministry Vision for 2023, Dr. Craig Kraft expands on who we are, where we are now and where we are going...
5 Discipleship Attributes
How can you recognize a disciple of Jesus?
In some circles, discipleship is measured by activities such as reading the Bible and praying; attending church and participating in religious programs. These can be valuable, but is discipleship determined by such activities?
John B. MacDonald proposes that Jesus is the source, the substance, and the goal of true discipleship.
Here are five attributes that distinguish disciples of Christ from others...
End of the Year Giving
Our impact in Canada and worldwide is growing because of your prayers and investment in OC. In 2022 we came alongside over 100 ministries to help them serve more effectively. We continue to focus on recognizing new challenges and opportunities, responding with innovation, and rallying the church to engage in effective mission.
Please consider a year-end gift to Outreach Canada. Your generosity now will help us mobilize new missionaries in the new year. It will help us expand our impact in Canada to churches, pastors, and other Christian leaders, it will strengthen us as we provide technical support for our 140 team members, and it will help us expand our disciple-multiplying network into every electoral district of Canada, and around the world.
Thank you for generously sharing what God has entrusted to you. Merry Christmas from all of us!
A Christmas Prayer
We glorify your name this holiday season. For you alone, O Lord, are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor.
Christmas day reminds us of your majesty and grace. We are reminded of the sacrifice you made when Jesus came from heaven as a child to show us what the Father is like. How amazing that the infinite God came to live among us, and not only that, but also to be sacrificed for the punishment we deserve.
May we never presume on your kindness and take for granted what you have done; may you alone continue to receive all praise and glory.
We thank you, Father, for the many blessings you bestow on us, for we know that every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights who does not change...
OC Director's Blog: Special Announcement
A special word from our Executive Director, Craig Kraft, and from the Outreach Canada Board.
A Coffee Shop Christmas
I love the idea of sitting with family and friends in a warm, cozy, coffee shop taking in the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the taste of a scrumptious pastry. Feeling the warmth and comfort of being in the presence of those we love surrounded by a sensory-rich atmosphere reminds me of a newborn infant snuggled warmly in a soft blanket laying on my chest, eyes peering into my eyes, somehow communicating an intimate, unbreakable bond. It is all about relationships.
Christmas is like this. It is all about relationships.
The Busyness of an MK (Missionary Kid)
I love airports.
The hustle and bustle. People of every nationality streaming past me. The endless possibilities of flights to every corner of the world.
As an adult now, I can admit that in trying to get my family from one country to another, an airport can be a stressful place; endless lines, tight timelines, lost luggage, too much opportunity for things to go wrong.
But, as a Third-Culture Kid (TCK), and specifically a Missionary Kid (MK), the airport glitters like a yellow-brick road into the unknown, and it excites me, especially that hustle and bustle, that busyness of international travel.
Airports are synonymous with the word “busy”. This word, busy, seems also to be the first word used by people to describe life where I now live, Southwestern Ontario. If you have a casual conversation with just about anyone older than 20, they describe life as busy. Life is busy ... but why? I can’t speak about your particular situation, but I can tell you about my situation: there are just so many things to do. Good things. Important things.
How do you figure out what God is specifically calling you to do when there are so many ‘good’ things that need someone to do them?