My Profile

R Mitchell smallHi! I’m Russ Mitchell, and I find my true identity as a follower of Jesus Christ. Following Him has taken me places of which I never dreamed! Over the last 30 years I’ve served Him as a teacher, administrator, pastor, missionary, researcher, college professor and writer, living 20 years overseas in the Dominican Republic and Romania. My greatest passion is to see the Church of Jesus Christ mobilized to declare God’s Glory among the nations.

Presently I serve as Assistant Director of Research for One Challenge  Several of my projects involve gathering and analyzing information related to fulfilling the Great Commission, and developing our field missionary research site at and training.

My Partnerships

An important part of obeying Jesus’ Great Commission is partnering with others. Currently I am collaborating with:


Recent Posts

What we are learning about effective National Church Planting Processes

Not all national saturation church planting  processes produce equal fruit. What makes the difference? If we have limited resources, which emphases are most fruitful?
For the last six months I have been studying questions like these by surveying over 100 high level church leaders from every continent.  Several of our presuppositions were confirmed, but there were also significant surprises! The first preliminary report has been posted on the Global Church Planting Network website ( The 20 page PDF of the report is available here.

If you have been significantly involved in a national church planting process would like to share your insights, you can participate in the 2018 survey through this link.”

Earlier this week I provided an overview of the research project here.
  1. Exciting Study on National Church Planting Processes Forthcoming 1 Reply
  2. A Tribute to one of My Heroes: Chuck Holsinger 1 Reply
  3. Pursuing Jesus’ Vision for Ministry Leave a reply
  4. Os Guinness presents stirring address at Taylor University Leave a reply
  5. Want to see God at work? Start by praying the Lord’s Prayer today Leave a reply
  6. Seven Habits of People who Accomplish Great Things for God 1 Reply
  7. Fabulous Quotes from the Mission Information Workers Conference 3 Replies
  8. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 1 Reply
  9. Dayenu, It Would Have Been Enough! Leave a reply