Mark served along with Karen, his wife, with Fellowship International for fourteen years, doing evangelism, church planting and leadership development. He continues with his responsibilities as the supervisor and primary exegete for a Bible translation project.
Here at Northwest Mark’s responsibilities include:
- Coordinating the professional development of Fellowship missionaries and the training of national church leadership in their countries of service.
- Challenging and recruiting people connected with the Fellowship for potential cross-cultural and missions involvement.
- Assisting Fellowship churches to develop and train those who desire to serve in cross-cultural ministry through the Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Program.
- Providing support to local churches in the areas of cross-cultural outreach and the development of healthy intercultural relationships. This includes improving the effectiveness of Short Term missions teams and encouraging our churches towards significant cross-cultural ministry.
- Giving seminars and workshops on missions and cultural issues, including perspectives on Islam, Bible translation and doing missions in the local church.
- Coaching churches in the area of missions and evangelism (Significant Conversations).
- Mark’s Master of Theology thesis on Contextualized Bible Storying among the Sindhi people.
- His doctoral thesis (Doctor of Theology in Missiology) is on “mapping” a theological trajectory of believers within an unreached people group.
- See Mark’s blog: Cross Cultural Impact in the 21st Century.
- Articles and book reviews by Mark
Areas of Interest – Professional:
- How the Gospel is shaped by cultural contexts.
- How people communicate across cultural boundaries
- Bible Translation and the way this aids in understanding God’s word
- The limitations and strengths of language (especially Sindhi)
- How cultural perspectives shape theologies
Areas of Interest – Personal:
- Family (playing with grandkids)
- Hiking and walking with Karen
- Disciple Making Movements and the Discovery Method of Bible Study
- Discussions about controversial theological subjects
- Having “Significant Conversations“