The Whole Great Commission

Whole. Complete. All parts present. I have been dwelling on the concept of wholeness lately. I had a conversation with a pastor the other day and we ran down a rabbit trail of discussion and concerns about holistic ministry and fulfilling the whole Great Commission. It made us both pause and reflect on how effectively […]

Read More

Fresh Start| Same Mission

Welcome to the website/blog for the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Seminary. We are glad you are joining us here. As you may notice, we are kicking off a new initiative through this website. Our goal is to develop and provide encouragement and instruction about living Great Commission lives and leading Great Commission […]

Read More

Go Engage

Event Description Conferences are filled with people who are content to listen and talk about making disciples of all nations.  If that’s what you want, you’re not going to like this!  Rather than spend all weekend listening to good theories, you’ll be engaging with guest trainers who live this, and with the people you’re sitting […]

Read More

Pure Team Church Planting

The biblical pattern of missions and evangelism is almost always a team effort (Ephesians 4, Titus 1, I Timothy 3, 1 Peter 5, James 3, Hebrews 13). It is not good for man to be alone, especially as a missionary-pastor! The demands of fruitful industrious gospel ministry in a city are intense. Therefore, while I think it […]

Read More

Feeble Prayers in Our Chaotic World

Living in a new normal doesn’t feel so normal. The word tragedy is too much a part of my vocabulary these days. I have searched for other words, but tragedy describes best the world events constantly swirling around us. Istanbul, Brussels, Paris, Boston…the list could go on. We live in a chaotic and fallen world. […]

Read More

The Narrative of a Church Plant: Why DC?

Why DC? Rather than writing a typical “do-this-and-you’ll-succeed” series of blogs on church planting, the CGCS is displaying the story of a new team; the highs, the lows, the flaws, the successes, the providence, the frustration; all of this will be present in the blogs and cover various topics.  Sometimes they will be writing blogs […]

Read More

Mission Trips: Keeping it in the Family

Q and A with Jordan Mathias: Missions and mission trips are nothing new to the Mathias family. My wife, Page, and I lived and served in the Middle East for a number of years. As a family now living in the US, we pray and look for opportunities to share the gospel with our neighbors. […]

Read More

Defining Church Planting: Part III

Last week I had the privilege to go out and do evangelism with fellow members of the church my wife and I gather with. The primary objective as stated by one of the guys in the group was for us to do “a lot of seed sewing…hopefully even get in the Word with someone… try […]

Read More

Defining Church Planting: Part II

Post 3: Last week we unpacked the first third of the definition of church planting as espoused by Dr. Mike Dodson. I took the definition, turned it into a haiku, and simultaneously chased all remaining readers away by waxing poetic about church planting. For those still reading, thank you for being the salt of the […]

Read More