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Brigada Today — 2013-02-17

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In this edition:
1) Study TESOL in Prague, CZ and Get the Real Certification
2) Learn how to do Neighborhood Transformation (CHE) in the Field
3) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013
4) Your Thoughts on “Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”
5) Australia Tentmaking Course
6) The Christian Commons – A Free Ebook For Missions
7) Do you want to be better at loving Muslims?
8) Historic Global Congress on Business as Mission in April
9) Is there an information worker in your ranks?
10) Need Training in Crisis Management? Get it in May
11) Great Sign-up Option for Prayer Vigils and Similar Meetings
12) Take in the International Orality Network Conference
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: CHOPS Adjustment Inventory Focuses on Strategies
15) Closing Stuff

1) Study TESOL in Prague, CZ and Get the Real Certification

Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University

The Master of Arts in TESOL program at Cornerstone University combines the flexibility of online learning and the personal connection of a week-long summer residency, available in Prague, Czech Republic or in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This fully accredited, 33-credit program boasts outstanding faculty and competitive pricing with courses taught from a distinctly Christian worldview. Also available are the ESL Endorsement (22 credit) and Graduate Certificate (24 credit) programs. Registrations must be submitted by March 15, 2013 in order to study in Prague. To learn more about the TESOL program and overseas study opportunities, email Heidi at
tesolatcornerstonedotedu or visit Cornerstone University’s website

http://www.cornerstone.edu/tesol-program

Thanks also to Cornerstone for partnering with Brigada — to undergird the sending out of thousands of Brigadas all over the globe! We appreciate you!

2) Learn how to do Neighborhood Transformation (CHE) in the Field

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Here’s your chance to learn about Neighborhood Transformation (think “Community Health Evangelism” or “Community Health Education” or “CHE”) in one of the USA’s most ethnically diverse towns ever. Some 300,000 Arabs live in Livonia’s backyard. Now you can figure out how to serve them, and others like them, most effectively. The dates are Apr. 11-13 and the site is Memorial Church of Christ, 35475 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154. Sessions will run Thursday + Friday evenings 6:00-9:30PM, Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM and costs just $70. The organizers have kindly offered to attempt to arrange homestays for a limited number of participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at

https://atm.webconnex.com/NTT1411MI

or, for more info, write Caleb at

calebjlucasatgmaildotcom

3) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them.  Visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

4) Your Thoughts on “Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to hear about this stuff. Can someone comment as to how effective (and sensitive) this book by Mike Shipman is? Suddenly, this week, I’m blitzed from 3 different directions about it. Apparently it has been quite effective with Muslims in Asia? Here’s a piece about it…

http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144:any-3-on-kindle&catid=50:books&Itemid=96

Anyone have any personal experience with this approach?

5) Australia Tentmaking Course

Here’s a tentmaking course in Australia, Feb 20-24, hosted by Canberra International Church. AZTEM, Global Opportunities and TENT are working together to bring this training down under. It’s a two week curriculum on the realities of using your profession or business skills in closed countries to bring the Gospel to those yet to hear. The GO Equipped Course will not teach you how to do your work or how to run your business, but it will help you to integrate your faith with your profession and business. The focus is on ministry development and preparing well before you go. There will also be training for trainers on the last day of the course.

http://www.globalopps.org/news.htm

or email

goemailatglobaloppsdotorg

6) The Christian Commons – A Free Ebook For Missions

For 300 years, world missions has been built on a foundation of “all rights reserved.” This is both legal and ethical, but has limited reach. The missions task is immense, and millions of people in thousands of people groups are still waiting to receive even one discipleship resource in their own language. There is another way to equip the global church for spiritual growth. Christians all over the world can use 21st century technology to openly collaborate in the creation of unrestricted discipleship resources in any language. This free ebook, The Christian Commons, explains the conceptual shift we need to make:

http://distantshoresmedia.org/thechristiancommons

or get a copy at

http://thechristiancommons.com

7) Do you want to be better at loving Muslims?

“Good News for Muslims” is A gathering Hosted by Carl and Chris Medearis. It’s all about loving Jesus and helping others love him too.  Anyone who serves Muslim friends, or is hoping to, is welcome.  Spend time with Carl and others to be encouraged and empowered to love openly. The dates are July 11-12 at MountainView Community Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. The space is limited. Registration and more information are at this link – pay through PayPal (which is your registration):

http://www.carlmedearis.com/conference2013/

http://www.mountainviewfamily.org

Registration is $100 per person or $150 for a married couple.  No childcare, so please no kids – unless they’re old enough to be involved.  This price includes one meal all together. The rest of our meals will be at nearby restaurants.

8) Historic Global Congress on Business as Mission in April

The Global Congress on Business as Mission, BAM, will be a unique gathering of leaders and practitioners from all continents. It is the culmination of a yearlong think tank process engaging hundreds people from all over the world, addressing key strategic issues related to Business as Mission. Over 30 national, regional and international working groups will present cutting edge BAM practices and models and bring strategic recommendations during the Congress. The Global Congress will provide a unique ‘one-stop shop’ to meet and interact with BAM leaders from all over the world, on an unprecedented scale. It will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 25-28, 2013.  For more information, visit:

http://bamthinktank.org/congress

Spaces are filling up fast, so if you’re interested, better register soon to ensure your place.

9) Is there an information worker in your ranks?

Are you a leader or administrator of a mission agency, a seminary, a missions training center or sending structure? Are there people in your organization that organize, manage, retrieve and/or disseminate information for strategy purposes and/or prayer mobilization? The CMIW (Global Community of Missions Information Workers) wants to extend a warm welcome to join in their efforts to promote the sharing of encouragement and information. Would you serve your information workers by forwarding this invitation to them? They can join the CMIW’s current 400+ members through their web portal

http://www.globalcmiw.org

through their facebook page (Community of Mission Information Workers CMIW) or by sending an email to
cmiwatworksmaildotnet . They can begin to become connected by receiving the quarterly bulletins, which are humbly entitled “Correct Me If I’m Wrong.” CMIW is a community of practice that seeks to strengthen its members in what they do and in who they are.

10) Need Training in Crisis Management? Get it in May

Child Evangelism Fellowship (at their facilities in Warrenton, MO) is hosting a Crisis Management Seminar (CMS) in May. This 3-day leadership-oriented course which provides participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop a competent security and crisis management program. Learn more at…

http://www.cricon.org/2013/crisis-management-seminar-may-6-8-2013-warrenton-mo

Note that they’re also doing a Field Security Seminar immediately prior.

13) We’re Grateful…

… for the friend in Little Rock, AR, who sent $50 to undergird Brigada. We’re inspired and encouraged to go on! Thank you!

… for Cornerstone University and their TESL program for an encouraging gift of $100. Learn more about them at…

http://www.cornerstone.edu/tesol-program

If you’d like to join in with a gift or gifts to undergird Brigada, just navigate to …

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Team Expansion (Brigada),
13711 Willow Reed Dr.,
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14) The BackPage: CHOPS Adjustment Inventory Focuses on Strategies

In our organization, we have ‘infused’ member care to every single worker, from the person who answers the phone at our home office all the way to the caring teammate in the deepest jungle of Africa. “Every eye, every ear, and every heart…” they’re all seeking to be tuned to hurting co-workers who could use a helping hand in the journey of life. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell have given us a leg up on that challenge by making available for free their CHOPS Adjustment Inventory, recently revised (Dec. 28, 2012). What I like about the CHOPS Inventory is that it doesn’t focus merely on the struggles, nor does it try to soft-peddle the difficulties by focusing only on the successes. In fact, it looks at BOTH, along with strategies that might help the worker better manage stress in the future.

It would make sense to me to circulate the CHOPS Inventory widely. Since the O’Donnells have negated cost from the equation (by making it available at no charge), even smaller organizations and those which have infused member care among all workers (like ours) have no excuse. The CHOPS Inventory could be done organization-wide as a “spring cleaning” assessment. In additional to English, originals are available in Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Thanks, O’Donnels, as always, for your caring approach to cross-cultural work and ministry!

Find the CHOPS Adjustment Inventory here:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxtY2FyZXNvdXJjZXN8Z3g6NzRjMTAxYWE2OGUxNDQ3Mg

15) Closing Stuff

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