54. Language (Part 1)

Why is language learning important in missions and ministry? How does language learning happen? How do we persevere in learning a new language when it gets hard? Stay tuned for the dramatic conclusion…

It opens up a lot of space in a relationship.
— Chelsea Fry
53. Scripture Spotlight: Genesis 12:1-3

This week the Worthless Servants focus on a familiar passage of scripture. Maybe it’s a story you’ve heard before but how does it apply to missions? They share their thoughts and take a deeper dive into Genesis 12:1-3. 

In order to receive the blessing he had to DO something.
— Chelsea Fry
52. WEF

What is the World Evangelism Fund (WEF)? Why is it important? Although mentioned in the previous episode, this time they dive in much deeper. The Worthless Servants share personal stories of its significance and how they first learned about it. They talk about how volunteerism fits in and how we can to better at sharing and prioritizing WEF.

It’s exciting to be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves... we are a global denomination because of WEF!
— Emily Armstong
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51. 2018 Stats

One more year and the numbers are in. We take a look at some encouraging trends and we also find out where we can improve as a denomination and region. We look at things like Global membership, youth in the church, financial giving, and the growth in Africa and Eurasia. 

This just speaks to how global our denomination is!
— AJ Fry
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50. Episode 50

It’s party time! We’re celebrating the 50th episode! This episode is all about you, the listener. We answer some of your questions, both serious and not so serious. This episode is also full of surprises! 

50 episodes deserves a celebration!
— Freya Galindo
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49. Lent

What is Lent? Why is it important? The Worthless Servants help us investigate what it means to practice this tradition of fasting as well as its benefits. They share personal experiences and stories and help us re-examine what this season could mean for us. 

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48. Home Assignment

What happens when a missionary goes on “Home Assignment”? Why is it important? What are its blessings and challenges? The Worthless Servants help us understand what it is like to travel often, be with multiple churches, raise funds, and share the vision while on home assignment. And no, it’s not a vacation!

A way of confirming my call is if my family and friends are supporting me.
— Freya Galindo
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47. Evaluation

After learning about and practicing nine Characteristics of a healthy, missional church, it’s time to evaluate our ministries and how we practice those characteristics. Taken from James 1:22-25, this characteristic not only helps us be missional but helps us stay that way. Why is evaluation important? How does it make us more effective? Are we asking the right questions? 

As the community changes, the church should change as well.
— Scott Armstrong
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46. Misperceptions (Part 2)

The Worthless Servants continue the conversation about assumptions some people may have about missionaries. They talk today about saying goodbye, where “home” is, support from their local churches, newsletters, and fear. Maybe you've wondered about these aspects of missionary life; hopefully we can answer some of your questions. 

He’s called us to the dark places. And the dark places aren’t easy places!
— Emily Armstrong
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45. Misperceptions (Part 1)

What does a normal day in the life of a missionary look like? You may be surprised.  The Worthless Servants discuss some common misperceptions about missionaries and missionary life. Do we all live in a hut? How connected are we to the rest of the world? And how do we balance the moments of revival with the uninspiring routine? 

I see a missionary as someone who is a Christian that is called to be a Christian in another culture.
— Chelsea Fry
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44. Evangelism (Part 2)

In the previous episode we set the foundation of rethinking what evangelism is. This week we go even deeper. How do we evangelize in today’s society? Listen as we share from our personal experiences as well as stories from around the region. We also give some examples and tips of how to evangelize in practical ways. 

We are inviting them to have a relationship with Jesus.
— Freya Galindo
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43. Evangelism (Part 1)

Sometimes, when we hear the word “evangelism” we cringe - yes, even us Christians. The Worthless Servants have something to say about that. In the first half of this two-parter, they discuss what evangelism is - or should be. What does it mean to evangelize? How does our theology affect how we evangelize or what we think of evangelism? 

For a church that is involved in her community, there is no cold-calling evangelism!
— Emily Armstrong
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42. Generations

This week it’s all about the kids and teens. How do they fit in ministry? We look at some articles by Alvin Reid and Laura Copeland to help us articulate the need for youth in the church. How do we reach and invest in younger generations? What do they have to offer to older generations?

When we invest in [the younger generation], it creates a ripple effect.
— Freya Galindo
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41. Generously

The 9th Characteristic of a Genesis Church is all about money. Or is it? What are we saying with the way we handle finances? AJ has to try and keep his cool on this issue. They also share stories of how God can work through generosity and why it is so important for a healthy church.  And, by the way, what does the World Cup have to do with any of this?

We need to have a healthier, Kingdom response to the way we deal with finances.
— Emily Armstrong
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40. Multi-Ethnic

The Worthless Servants talk about multi-ethnic churches and ministries. What are some of the benefits and challenges? What are effective strategies for a multi-cultural context? We touch on the exciting but difficult realities inherent in leading a variety of different cultures and ethnicities and share some examples that we’ve seen throughout our region and the world.

You get a real picture of what the Kingdom of God is like.
— AJ Fry
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39. Cleon & Crystalla

 This week we interview two missionaries that have just returned from serving for two years in Grenada. We hear about what God has been doing in the islands and how God has transformed them and the community. They tell us what has impacted them the most, what they have learned, and - most important - what the food was like. Also, you won’t want to miss their advice to those who are considering a missions call themselves. 

Knowing that there are people praying for you is a constant strengthening in times of trouble and stress.
— Crystalla Williams
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38. Armstrong

You’ve heard from Freya and the Frys, but this week we interview the Armstrongs.  You may think you already know them, but in this episode they’ll fill you in on how they met and fell in love, their call to missions, and their sanctification stories. We also find out that Scott has a deep love for bagels. Chelsea is in charge for this one, so buckle up! 

[God] wanted His entire presence to be in me - to be able to flow through me - to be able to make a difference in this world.
— Scott Armstrong
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37. Comparison

This week the Worthless Servants talk about comparison. We see it everywhere: from celebrities to social media posts, and even in the Bible. How does comparison steal our joy? What is our measure of success? How can it subtlely creep into the Church and ministry? The topic provokes plenty of stories from the mission field and the local church.  Hopefully during this episode, you’ll remember where your true identity lies. 

When we spend so much time comparing, we lose sight of the Kingdom work.
— Emily Armstrong
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36. Prayer

The eighth Characteristic of a Genesis Church is: involving everyone in the congregation in interceding for the needs of the community and the world. How is this done? Is there a difference between prayer and intercession? How can we teach and model prayer that brings excitement? Freya shares some creative examples, AJ talks about a day of prayer, and Emily goes to war. 

The more that we can become passionate about [prayer], the more we’re going to be the Church [God] desires us to be.
— Emily Armstrong
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35. Burnout

This week, the Worthless Servants explore one of the possible side effects of full-time ministry: burnout. How do we identify it? How do we avoid it? How do we teach the church about it? We share some of our personal stories and Freya brings us back to the Bible. We’re not experts, but maybe we can offer some advice and hope. 

The act of fighting against burnout is an incredible lesson in humility.
— Chelsea Fry
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