Bekele Shanko is the global vice presiden for Global Church Moments at Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru), working in over 150 countries to build movements of multiplying churches and faith communities. A native of Ethiopia, he has served as Cru’s National Director of Ethiopia and Regional Director of Southern and Eastern Africa. Bekele is the President of GACX and leads the church planting focus for Finishing the Task.

Van Life and the Digital Church
Van Life and the Digital Church
August 9th, 2023

When I was traveling around the United States and doing “van life,” I recognized my need for community.

Focus on Holistic Disciple Making
Focus on Holistic Disciple Making
August 8th, 2023

Most church planters are familiar with DMM training, but what happens when community development is integrated into Disciple Making Movements?

A Map with a Kingdom Destination
A Map with a Kingdom Destination
August 2nd, 2023

I can still remember sitting in the backseat of our 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon on the way home to Michigan after a month of traveling to the west coast. Our last stop was at the Corn Palace in Iowa.

Unity in the Unlikely Places
Unity in the Unlikely Places
July 16th, 2023

What does collaboration in church planting look like among refugees in a war-torn area of the world? Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF) has discovered the joy of partnership in a most unlikely region.

What Book Has Changed Your Life?
What Book Has Changed Your Life?
July 16th, 2023

Once we graduated college, my best friend, Heidi, and I decided to start a two-person book club.

Don’t Move the Couch Alone
Don’t Move the Couch Alone
July 16th, 2023

I remember when my parents built their current home. Besides their stricter budget (including having our fridge consist primarily of frozen pizza), the biggest dread: moving.

Film as an Effective Collaboration Tool
Film as an Effective Collaboration Tool
June 19th, 2023

When I was in high school, my dad and I sat down to watch Dead Poets Society, one of his favorite movies of all time.

The Power of Church Planting Ideas in Action
The Power of Church Planting Ideas in Action
June 19th, 2023

The GACX member organization, Horn of Africa, is a brilliant organization that uses its ideas to plant churches in Africa.

New Leadership for National Alliances in Latin America
New Leadership for National Alliances in Latin America
June 19th, 2023

“If that church weren’t planted, I wouldn’t be here. It was a small, seemingly unsuccessful church, but whoever planted it doesn’t understand the depth of its impact on my life,” says Cruz Paniagua.

A Study Bible to Reach and Teach All
A Study Bible to Reach and Teach All
June 19th, 2023

Over my sophomore spring break in college, I went on a mission trip to Mississippi. It was hot, there was drama, and I was averaging three hours of sleep.

The Marketplace as a Ministry
The Marketplace as a Ministry
June 19th, 2023

In my sophomore year of college, I switched majors from Elementary Education to Business Communications. What did I want to do with that degree? No idea.

Let’s Develop Sound Missiology for International Student Reentry
Let’s Develop Sound Missiology for International Student Reentry
June 19th, 2023

Fatima was hostile to the Gospel, attending Christian events and Bible studies on her US campus mostly to argue. Then she experienced answered prayer in Jesus’ name from a Christian friend.

THE PATIO: Might this be the future of the church?
THE PATIO: Might this be the future of the church?
June 19th, 2023

“This is the first church I have ever been to where I did not feel anxious.” The middle-aged woman who spoke these words is a lifelong church attendee. She has lived on three continents.

Top 10 Benefits of Membership in GACX: a global alliance for church multiplication
Top 10 Benefits of Membership in GACX: a global alliance for church multiplication
June 19th, 2023

There are 8 billion people alive today. Of those, approximately 2.5 billion claim to follow Jesus, while the remaining 5.5 billion do not identify with the Christian faith.

Keeping it Real: Accurate Reporting of Church Multiplication
Keeping it Real: Accurate Reporting of Church Multiplication
June 10th, 2023

If you have spent any time at all in the church planting world, you have undoubtedly heard it said, “If we added up all the reports, the Great Commission would be complete.”

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