2016/08/21 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) Group Debriefing Event
2) UPG-Tech Conference
3) ConnecTEFL: Get TEFL Certified to teach English
4) Mission Leaders Conference Seeks Volunteers (Discounts!)
5) Listen to Past Webinars by Garrison, Watson, Trousdale, and more
6) Are You Effectively Using Story in Your Ministry?
7) Watch, Know, and Learn — the website ( watchknowlearn.org )
8) TESOL Training in Asia
9) Jerusalem Needs an App Developer
10) Something to Watch on a Rainy Day in India
11) New GMI Book Brings Reason to Chaos
12) Could you use Media for your Ministry more effectively?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: EXISTING Churches and Disciple Making Movements
15) Closing Stuff

 

1) Group Debriefing Event

Recalibrate! is for singles, couples, or families with children over 13 who have recently returned to the United States from the field, whether permanently or temporarily. They still have openings for this year’s event to be held November 6-12 near Cincinnati, OH. Visit

http://www.recalibrateevent.com

for more information, but hurry–registration closes on August 31.

2) UPG-Tech Conference

UPG-Tech is a one-day TED-talk style conference in the Los Angeles area that showcases technology for the unreached. This year it is on Saturday November 19th and costs only $25 to attend. Speakers include Christopher Lim, Justin Long, John Edmiston and Cynthia Ware. The conference is being organized by Cybermissions and the web page is:

http://cybermissions.org/upgtech/

3) ConnecTEFL: Get TEFL Certified to teach English

ConnecTEFL is an affordable 15 week, 120 hour teaching English as a foreign language certification program. The course can be taken in-class in Memphis, TN or online anywhere in the world. The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards. Get trained to teach English to arriving refugees or to obtain genuine work abroad. See their site for more info:

http://connectefl.com

4) Mission Leaders Conference Seeks Volunteers (Discounts!)

The Mission Leaders Conference in Louisville (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016) is needing several volunteers. There will be great speakers David Platt, Ed Stetzer, Carolyn Custis James, and Luis Palau. Plus worship led by the Gettys, including songs from their new album: Facing A Task Unfinished. Those willing to volunteer will receive discounts on registration. Learn more and sign up at…

https://missionexus.org/vol-app-2016/

Better sign up soon though. These slots will fill fast.

6) Are You Effectively Using Story in Your Ministry?

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Story in Ministry” is a five-week course that delves into the essential elements of Story for those seeking to better communicate the message of Christ and kingdom. The course runs 9/21-10/25. For more information, go to:

http://www.missionmediau.org/courses/story-in-ministry/

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7) Watch, Know, and Learn — the website ( watchknowlearn.org )

I guess the St. Charles Place Education Foundation, located in Memphis, TN, is the reason we have such a great website…

http://watchknowlearn.org

but for Home Schoolers (and parents), as well as ANY family posted in a far-flung location, this site is a GREAT treasure trove full of information about our world — from multiple sources. They rely on grad students, teachers, and lots of volunteers — and it shows. It’s feature-rich.

8) TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training designed for ministry on a ministry budget. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week course leading to a TESOL certificate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get classes, community experience, and lots of guidance – and a certificate – all at the same time. And it’s cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! Contact Melody for application forms or more information: infothaiatactesoldotcom or see

http://www.actesol.com

9) Jerusalem Needs an App Developer

An Evangelistic Ministry in Jerusalem is in need of an App Developer. The first app will spread the Word of the Lord using Jerusalem as a ‘visual aid’. This first product necessitates a max of 120 working hours. Knowledge of iOS swift and Android platform is required. Note that this is a non-salaried position. Ideally we would like to host the applicant for one month in Jerusalem. Please contact:

eaiatea-israeldotorg  (eaiatea-israeldotorg)  

10) Something to Watch on a Rainy Day in India

rainy dayHaving trouble getting your third-culture kids excited about another day indoors during the rainy season? Never fear. PBS is here. Go nuts over their free educational media programs. Your kids (and you) will be glad you did — before you go nuts for real.

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org

12) Could you use Media for your Ministry more effectively?

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Foundations of Media Strategy,” is starting 9/15 and running through 10/20.
Each week in the 5-week course includes a one-hour live session with a cohort of 22 peers and two additional hours of independent work. For more information, go to:

http://missionmediau.org

13) We’re Grateful for…

big thank you… the gift of $50 from Paraceltos in Aurora, IN. God bless you all!!
… a $25 gift from the UPG-Tech conference, slated for Los Angeles on Nov. 19th. Thank you UPG-Tech! Learn more at http://cybermissions.org/upgtech/
… and for a $100 gift from a true fan of Brigada from Smithtown, NY. God bless you!!!

14) The BackPage: EXISTING Churches and Disciple Making Movements

Almost every trainer we hear says the same thing: When it comes to disciple making movement (DMM) principles, it’s a LOT easier to start with new people (those previously unreached) than it is to start with existing church members. I guess… that’s because “they don’t know any better.” They (the unreached people) haven’t been spoiled and inoculated with sitting around in church services, thinking that THAT was what would make them a Christian. The more I’ve thought about it, the more that sounds like the equivalent of walking into a GARAGE would turn you into a CAR! The truth is, Jesus said he would know us by our FRUITS. That it was OBEDIENCE he was seeking. To hear a podcast-style discussion on this, just go to Google, type in the search terms, …

More Disciples podcast

And click around until you find the episode in which I (Doug) speak with Bryan King, who is, himself, a pastor in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, trying to figure out how to interpret disciple making movement principles for his church in greater Tulsa. Throughout the hour-long discussion, hear him ache then become excited over changes in his church — and the promise of a brighter tomorrow… with DMM principles at work now in his church.

But alas, Bryan’s situation seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Trying to figure out how to GET to this point (the point in which a local church will embrace these principles) has been like pulling TEETH.

Are you seeing disciple making movement principles take off in YOUR church? If so, would you please click Comment following the web version of this item and share your story, along with any resources you might have? Regardless of your homeland, we’d love to hear your story. How will legacy-type churches (traditional churches with staff, budgets, buildings and programs) catch the disciple making movement wind and fly? That’s the question. Thanks in advance for your response.

15) Closing Stuff

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