On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Michael and Andrew are joined once again by Dr. Steve Leston, president and CEO of To Every Tribe, a mission agency focused on preparing teams to church plant in complex areas of the world. Today, we focus on the importance of understanding context rather than simply replicating models that might work in one area, but not in another. The forces that Steve outlines impact models and disrupt what is perceived as success in one place yet falls flat in another. One force of importance: global migration. Steve challenges us to have a theology and ecclesiology that accounts for this force that is shaping missions today.
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Michael is the missiologist in residence with East West where he focuses on equipping and empowering church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. He is the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement.
Andrew is a pastor, husband and father who desires all to know the one true King. He happily serves at Neartown Church in Houston, TX with a vibrant and growing community. He is the co-host of the Ephesiology Podcast. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Kairos University.
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