Update from Jacob Via in Haiti

This just came in via Troy Cooper:

Got an update from Jacob Via in Haiti. In March they were tracking 320 new church starts only 11 months after their 4Day Training.

Just got a report yesterday they're tracking 3,148 church starts w over 24,000 baptisms! PRAISE JESUS! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

For backgournd you can watch the video above or listen to the podcast.

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Heading out

Steve Addison

Steve Addison

How to catch the flu in the summer? Have visitors from the Australian winter arrive. Back in action after two weeks of the worst suffering in human history.

I fly out today for Houston for some meetings and then the NoPlaceLeft Global Summit (July 28-29). Get there if you can. Then back to run workshops at the NewWine Summer Conference with John McGinley and Russell Godward.

Finally, for two weeks I'm at Trinity College Bristol working on my next book — the Movement LifeCycle. Off to Slovenia to train some Wesleyan missionaries to Europe. Then some time off with Michelle.

I'll set a few podcasts and videos to drop. Otherwise things might be quiet for a while.

The Gender Wars — What Really Matters UPDATED

Joan and Bruce Addison, 50th Wedding Anniversary

Joan and Bruce Addison, 50th Wedding Anniversary

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
— Paul

Somehow this past week I got caught up in a debate online about whether evangelical men are the group in society most likely to inflict violence on their wives.

The news report was a fabrication. US Research shows that conservativetive Protestant men who attend church regularly are LEAST likely to practice domestic violence. Strangely, men who are on the fringes of evangelical churches, but who don’t attend regularly, show high levels of domestic violence. It’s that later group the ABC (Australian BBC) latched onto. 

How was it pitched? Evangelical men are wife beaters. Not just by an ideologically driven ABC, but even Christian authors, bloggers and leaders who regard evangelicals as targets because some conservative evangelicals believe in male headship (Ephesians 5:21-33).

What’s interesting is the way the debate was framed. The enemy was anyone who believed in ‘patriarchy’. Rather than focus on what the Scriptures teach about how a husband should serve, and care for his wife. The focus was on accusing evangelical men of domestic violence. Despite the evidence to the contrary.

The sad reality is you can be a politically correct, pacifist who ticks all the right boxes and at the same time act as a monster towards women. No one would doubt John Howard Yoder’s credentials as a social justice warrior. Unfortunately, the evidence is clear that he was a serial abuser of women

In the post modern world of seeming, what matters is that you hold the right position. In Scripture what matters is how you actually behave.

I don’t know what my father believed about patriarchy and male headship. He was a strong leader and had a strong personality. What matters to me is that he loved my mother. I watched him care for her 24/7 in the last year of her life facing cancer. I saw the life of Christ in him. He led and he laid down his life.

That’s what matters. 

UPDATE: Great quote from Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies, “To make domestic vio­lence­ part of a culture war against evangelical Christianity does no service to the women who suffer this appalling treatment,”

Our church planting models are broken — Ralph Moore

Steve Hall, Steve Addison, Relph Moore, Rick Paynter, Dave Lawton, Lloyd Rankin, 2007 Hawaii

Steve Hall, Steve Addison, Relph Moore, Rick Paynter, Dave Lawton, Lloyd Rankin, 2007 Hawaii

Some wisdom from Ralph Moore who has a planted churches and sparked a reproducing movement around the globe.

That's him on my right with a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis I deny ever knowing back in 2007.

For decades we’ve planted mid-size to large Hope Chapels in Hawaii. Mostly shooting for 150 at start, some grew beyond it. Most stabilized around the original size. Some shrank then stabilized. And a couple failed.

But we almost always planted in public schools. Two factors pretty much killed that: A. When others jumped into church planting, the schools became filled with churches. B. A lawsuit against a large church frightened school leadership from renting to churches.

With nowhere to launch, our model is broken. But, that is a good thing. Read on and I’ll tell you why.