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2016/04/24 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Catch the Archived Versions of 4 Webinars — for free!
2) Liam & Ruby 2016
3) Panoramic History of Missional Member Care
4) Are You Prepping for Succession? This Book/Author can Help
5) TESOL training course with Asia’s Center for TESOL in Chiang Mai
6) WordPress plugin to add Bible reading plans to your website
7) More on “Help Your Missionaries Thrive” (The Book)
8) Church Planters in Europe Will Want This
9) Great Feedback on Olive Tree’s “Brigada Bundle”
10) “Healthy, Resilient, And Effective”: the book
11) Try the ServantCARE Network
12) Wayside B&B for those 50+ in age
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Your Website in Other Languages?  How?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Catch the Archived Versions of 4 Webinars — for free!

daretobeadisciple-postcardWant a ‘big picture’ view of Disciple-making Movements in 4 easy webinars? Just click on over to

and watch the entire set of 4 recorded programs there for free. Hear Harry Brown, Curtis Sergeant, David Watson, and George Patterson as they address the over all theme, “‘It’s not my job!’ How can I get my church involved in disciple-making?” This series of four webinars took place over the past four months in conjunction with There are tons of other resources on the site. Please click around and see what else you can find. In fact, sign up for free for the 30-Day Challenge and you’ll receive one email per day for a month, documenting how you can begin multiplying your life in Christ today.

3) Panoramic History of Missional Member Care

We loved Kelly O’Donnell’s article in the International Bulletin
of Missionary Research last year around this same time, entitled, “The Missional Heart of Member Care.” In it, he chronicles the development of the member care paradigm. If you haven’t followed the development of this global focus, this is a great article to catch you up:

4) Are You Prepping for Succession? This Book/Author can Help

leader shiftLeader><Shift (the book) is all about getting you prepared for transitioning to a different role, away from the leadership role you’ve held previously. The book is available here…

but what I really LOVE is that the author, who is a friend, is willing to answer questions personally (to the extent that his time will allow). He’s offered to supply his email address here. Please use it with discretion, but, at the same time, he’s that passionate about helping others sort out this difficult problem of handing off the baton. Contact Gary c/o

It’s a great book — but of course, that’s logical, because Gary is a great thinker. Citing a variety of principles, the book details a process for developing an effective succession plan. Discussion questions appear throughout the fourteen chapters, enabling leaders to explore this vital issue together.

5) TESOL training course with Asia’s Center for TESOL in Chiang Mai

There are just 5 seats left in Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), September 5-October 7 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Fly to Thailand for the course, pay the missionary rate, or pay $2000 to take it in the United States/Canada and not have an international experience! Contact Melody for application forms or more information:
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see

for more prices and other information.

7) More on “Help Your Missionaries Thrive” (The Book)

We mentioned in last edition, GMI’s new book, “Help Your Missionaries Thrive,” asks 1,771 North American cross-cultural field workers 74 questions each about their job satisfaction, field-role fulfillment, agency support, and agency leadership. Since last week, we’ve actually been able to read the book and, it lives up to its name. Granted, there’s a lot in here about the “Engage” survey — so parts of the book will prompt you to wonder whether or not you should engage with Engage. But we don’t think it’s an advertisement. Instead, we think it’s just a matter of the authors letting the data speak for themselves. Besides — there is a TON of application suggestions that leap farther than the survey data will take you. Basically, the book is all about telling, in a lay version, how the survey informs professionals regarding how to help your mission org be the best it can be. Learn more at…

8) Church Planters in Europe Will Want This

We appreciated MissioNexus in their “Book Look” last week. They bubbled to the surface, “Church Planting in Europe: Connecting to Society, Learning from Experience.”

Which sounds pretty much like a must-read if you’re trying to multiply churches and disciples anywhere in the “old country.” The bottom line: This book helps answer the question of how churches can become more relevant to the societies in which they exist, especially if those societies are European.

9) Great Feedback on Olive Tree’s “Brigada Bundle”

olivetreeWithin minutes of sending out the Olive Tree Bible Study “Brigada Bundle” last week, we started hearing some really nice feedback. One gentleman responded within minutes by saying, “In all my days, I’ve never seen the NIV included in a free iPhone bundle. Thank you! You made my day!” Another said, “Wow — NIV and Holman both — for free. I’m in.” There are several other titles included — and the whole package is free. Options are also available for just about every digital device you own.

Please let us know how you like it.

10) “Healthy, Resilient, And Effective”: the book

Dr. Laura Mae Gardner (SIL/Wycliffe) has written extensively on caring for missionaries and cross-cultural workers. Now, she has prepared a member care guidebook that just might set a benchmark for the state of the art. We promoted it previously, but we were given a production-level website that had since been unhooked. Fortunately, of all things, Marti, one of the editors at Mission Catalyst (our great friends ans sister publication), happened by and provided an updated link. (Thanks Marti!)

It’s a kind of manual which defines the vision, the challenge, and a host of practical case studies and tools to help us get started. It is now ready for purchasing.

11) Try the ServantCARE Network

Caring for those who serve is the heart and mission of ServantCARE. They have a network of 250 hospitality homes around the U.S., Scotland, Germany, and Canada for only $15 nightly. Check out their website for details on Regional CARE Locations available for personal ministry and The Dwelling Place, a retreat in a quiet little village in S.W. Wisconsin.

13) We’re Grateful…

thank-youTo Bellevue (the church) in Cordova, TN, for sending a $100 gift to help get Brigada out to thousands on a weekly basis.

… to the volunteer from Lindsay, CA, who sent $30 to help boost Brigada. She wrote, “Just wanted to show in a small way how much I appreciate what Brigada does to share resources to expand the kingdom.
Also appreciate all you and your team does through discipleship training, U4theU, … and prayer mobilization.” This volunteer happens to be leaving in May for a month’s trip to Indonesia to support a training there and encourage workers. What a great missions booster!

Thanks to these gifts and others like them, Brigada has been a weekly publication since January, 1995. See all those years of archives (and search them all instantly) at…

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14) The BackPage: Your Website in Other Languages? How?

We’re moonlighting on a website called MoreDisciples. See it at…

By God’s grace, it’s reached a kind of “tipping point” in which participants from several languages around the world are starting to ask for the site to be in their original language. When we first pondered such a thought, it seemed nearly insurmountable to imagine. Would we have to launch other domains? … and how would we handle the permissions? And how would they all stay straight (connected/sync’d). Fortunately, as is the case with many such questions these days, the answer came in the form of a WordPress Plug-in called WPML. See the features at…

WPML makes it relatively easy to run a multilingual website with a single WordPress installation. Choose languages for your site and start translating content. Bam. You’re in business. Now granted, we’re taking our time rolling it out, but the infrastructure, thanks to WPML, is already in place now — so it no longer looks overwhelming. What’s more, if you’re a non-profit, you can apply for a grant for a complimentary subscription here…

so you can use what is arguably the best multi-language web content management system on the entire internet — for, essentially, free!

Now you just need to learn to SPEAK some of those other languages. (Or recruit a ton of helpers to place the material in all of their respective languages.)

15) Closing Stuff

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