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3 ways to guard from a major mess up in a missional lifestyle

by Ryan Jespersen — September 22, 2014

Pet training, or “obedience school for dogs,” is held in a very distracting place for your dog to walk. I am referring to the dog training class at PetSmart. In our class, the trainer is a young man who handled bomb dogs in the military. He attempts to help us train our new dog Marley. While, this is an excellent endeavor and he does a good job in teaching us to train Marley, every 7 minutes he also attempts to sell me a new PetSmart product. I guess we should have probably expected this. The problem is when the trainer tells us to walk Marley dog around the store, we are obviously walking around a pet store, which has two…

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THE BIG DOG and 5 ways to effectively knock on doors

by Ryan Jespersen — September 15, 2014

Clap, Clap, Clap, “This will make the dog leave us alone.”  This was trick the pastor of a church meeting in our building was telling me would help keep a very large, very scary, very loud dog from jumping all over us the minute we walked through the gate. At the moment we pensively walked through the gate I certainly hoped this trick, which he learned on the mission field would actually work. We lived through this one without a scratch, and a couple of thousands other doors as a major attempt to reachour neighbors with the gospel of Christ.

Some have said that knocking on doors is not the way you reach people for…

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No they’re not here

by Ryan Jespersen — September 2, 2014

No they’re not here. No they’re not here. No they’re not here.” This is the response that the folks at Grace Temple Baptist Church of Dallas received as they walked down 10th St. on a hot summer day. They were looking for the apartment managers of the many apartment buildings located on their street. Finally, when they arrived at the very last building, someone was willing to talk with them. 

Grace Temple has a dynamic AWANA Program, which reaches dozens of children each week. They desired to expand this program into the apartments on the same street as their church. They begin to pray and ask God to allow that to…

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A Church on Mission

by Ryan Jespersen — August 27, 2014

A new neighborhood, a new school, and a new place without the foundation of family and a familiar community—all of us know how hard that would be for a young person. Yet one little girl’s mother, Tasha, was praying and asking God to bring a church into her daughter’s life, a church where she could find Christ and be a disciple in that faith.

Enter the Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Garland, a Texas Baptist church whose youth group and church body had recently been renewed in its commitment to reach the surrounding neighborhood for Christ. The youth group at Eastern Hills decided that one way they could reach their…

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Beyond the Trip

by Ryan Jespersen — May 26, 2014

The following was written and compiled by members of the Missions Mobilization Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. This guide is designed to be used on a mission trip to prepare your group for what you can do when you get back to your community. For more information about this material or about how to get involved in mission work, please contact Ryan Jespersen by phone at (214) 828-5278 or by email at ryan.jespersen@texasbaptists.org. Click here to download this post as a PDF document.

What an incredible joy it has been to serve the Lord together this week. You have been a part of a wonderful journey serving…

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A Missional Legacy

by Ryan Jespersen — April 28, 2014

Recently, I attended the funeral of a good friend and former church member who had a great impact on my life and on the life of his church. When I met Gene Willard, he was about 80-years-old and had been at the church I was becoming pastor of for over 50 years. He had a close relationship with several of the pastors and that would also prove to be true with me.

Gene had his opinion on things like music, how we did church and other things. He was never afraid to share that opinion. Gene, along with a few others, also had the ear of the church. He served on the leadership team and had influence that really went throughout the…

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Truck Stop Church (at least for a few minutes)

by Ryan Jespersen — November 27, 2013

Recently, we were on a trip across Texas, something I love to do, especially with my family. Joanna was feeding Mary Kate in a Loves truck stop, sitting in the booths that were for the Subway restaurant. In this particular truck stop, the booths were right next to where all of the truckers came in. Rachel Beth was walking up and down the long bench by the windows and stopped at the other end. When she stopped, she began telling me to hurry because church was about to start.

Mommy asked her who was preaching today and she named a little boy in her class.This went on for a little while and it made me think. This was not…

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Crawling, Walking, Running with BGCT Missions

by Ryan Jespersen — October 28, 2013

Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me. As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run. The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission. Many times people need to do something small before they are ready to do something larger. Here at the BGCT we have mission opportunities for people at every level. Whether it’s you or your church looking to get started, we want to help.

We have Disaster Recovery trips for people of all ages. Next summer we will be launching a new program that gets students…

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The Main Thing

by Ryan Jespersen — October 1, 2013

Jim Collins is known for a couple of different books, Good to Great, and Built to Last. However, there is another short little read he has called “How the Mighty Fall.” This particular volume talks about the rise and fall of really huge companies.

As a pastor, and now a denominational employee, I could not help but see in this book several ways where the church could learn a great lesson. One of the biggest ways Collins points out that the mighty fall is when a company stops tending to the thing that made it great. He gives several examples of this and it is worth the read.

The church of Jesus Christ is to be a place where…

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