Daily Archives: 2009/05/17

1) Keys to Church Planting Movements: An Interactive DVD Workshop

keystochurchplantingYWAM’s Church Planting Coaches, Brian, Joe, and Kevin, bring a collective 65 years of church planting experience in the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Urban, Tribal and Western Worlds to team teach this dynamic workshop designed to equip pioneer church planters. This 13 DVD set includes: 26 Keys taught in individual, non-sequential sessions. You get a Syllabus / note taking guide, 2 hours of learning activities per Key (skits, role plays, small group discussions, Bible studies), “Simple Church” experience, Practical tools for use on the field, and User Guide/Resource CD – all in a library case. It’s ideal for churches in any context, mission agencies, and church planters (pre-field orientation and on-field training). What’s more, here’s a Brigada Special Offer: Order now and you’ll receive two free books that enhance the training – “Keys to Church Planting Movements” by Kevin Sutter, and “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan. Get it on NTSC format $250 on Amazon.com.  Find it at…


For PAL format DVDs, additional students copies of Keys/Sheep books, or other questions contact:



Also, thanks to Asteroidea Books for pitching in $100 for boosting the item above to the front of the queue. (The item arrived on the 2nd of July and is being featured in the headliner spot just 3 days later.)

2) This Missions Video Made a Big Impact this Morning

This morning I spoke in a church in northeastern Ohio. I used the missions video, “A Thousand Questions.” Whoa. Itathousandquestions had a huge impact on this church of 220. After the video, you could have heard a pin drop… except for some lingering tears people were choking back… Someone was sobbing over at the side. I prayed, then asked if anyone had anything to share after watching the video. There was great feedback: “Overwhelmed,” “Challenged,” “Sobered,” … the feedback went on. One long-time member testified that he was at first critical of the church’s investment in missions. Now he had concluded it was the smartest thing they ever did. Highly recommended. (And thanks, Martin, for the heads-up about this resource.) Watch it on Youtube at

Then if you like it, download either a Flash or a Quicktime copy at…


This might be one of the best resources you’ve ever received via Brigada… and the amazing thing is — it’s free. Just don’t forget that you heard about it here on Brigada.

3) Family Curriculum on Children at Risk

redcard“Red Card: Standing Against Oppression, Providing Hope” is a dynamic, new curriculum from Caleb Resources that raises awareness of six different types of children at risk: children in poverty, orphans, street kids, child laborers, children of war, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Designed for a cross-generational audience, this 8-week class builds family unity and empowers kids to become advocates for vulnerable children, their own peers. Lessons include videos, simulations, family processing time, prayer, at-home activities, and practical steps for involvement. Participants gain a biblical perspective on God’s heart for the least of these and our mandate to respond. Content is age-appropriate for children grade 4 and up. Learn more or see a sample lesson:


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5) Named, Known, and Called

Ierikssonn this presentation, shares her journey as a missionary with mental health training and as a psychologist/professor working in mission/humanitarian assistance. Using the interaction of Jesus and Peter in John 21: 15-19, she encourages us to live in the freedom of who we are and the freedom of who we are called to be. Her healing words are especially addressed to those of us in leadership. Her devotional and the opening remarks to the Symposium are about 37 minutes, and available to download for free in audio/video formats at:


6) New Book on Transparency: Create a Culture

This book by Bennis, Goleman, and O’Toole is short and easy to read It calls us all to embrace honesty as we share information, relate to one another, and go about our work. The authors assert, “A lack of transparency is usually no accident. It is often systematically built into the structure of an organization.” Find it at Amazon by logging on at the link below…

7) Bump Up Your Item to the Front of the Queue

Want your item to be seen *first*, at the top of the list in Brigada? We publish all the items we receive, however, those who pitch in to help cover Brigada’s expenses are treated with special dignity — because they’re helping pay the bills. We move them to the top, so they’ll be seen first. Just follow the instructions for submitting an item (at our website, brigada.org, by reading the guidelines when you select “Submit an item”), then click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.)

8) Thanks for Remembering Brigada…

thankyouHats off to the anonymous couple in Cary, IL, who recently sent a $100 gift to Brigada. We’re totally grateful for your gift… and encouraged by it. Thanks, too, for the $100 gift from Asteroidea Books (see item #1 in this week’s Brigada).

9) How do we Say Thanks to the Long-time Partners?

Today I tried to express my gratitude to a church that has supported our work since June 1981. They haven’t missed a single month… like clockwork. And it’s mainstream support, too. One of our top 2 donors. So my question is this: How in the world do we adequately thank them for all the blessings of 28 *years* of monthly contributions? Every month, when the check arrives, I say to myself — “How do they do this?” It’s so sobering.

Do you have churches or individuals like that? If so, what do you do to say thanks?

To respond, just log on to the web and leave a message in the comment box below…

10) Closing Stuff

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