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2017/07/23 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Frontier Filmmaking Seminar coming to Taiwan & Japan
2) Learn from a Writer/Director/Producer How to Tell a Better Story
3) We asked about Jail Ministries: You Answered!
4) TESOL Training in Asia
5) Online DMM Training in English, Spanish or Russian — For Free!
6) Any Good Case Study Examples of Using Social Media for Outreach?
7) In our Ongoing Search for Missions Training Sites…
8) Are there any DOWNSides to Disciple Making Movements?
9) Get Your Start in Marketplace Ministries in this Free Online Course
10) What’s the Best “Template” for Kicking off a New Mission Team?
11) So you Have to Raise Mission Support? Get the Book
12) Suppose You’re a Cross-Cultural Worker Homeschooling Your Kids…
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What’s the State of the Church in Your Country?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Frontier Filmmaking Seminar coming to Taiwan & Japan

The Frontier Filmmaking Seminar (FFS) is a 6-week training workshop in Taipei that includes a practical field assignment where participants work together with an experienced film crew to produce an evangelistic, dramatic film in the language and culture of an unreached people group. We cover basic training in a variety of filmmaking disciplines including proven cross-cultural methods and participants serve as production assistants on the film in Japan. Learn more at…


2) Learn from a Writer/Director/Producer How to Tell a Better Story

Understand the importance – and urgency – of story for ministry effectiveness. Learn how story applies to reaching and teaching people for Christ. Mission Media U is offering its five-week online mentored experience for you and your team. Visit


to find course details, instructor and mentor bios and comments from previous students. The course runs Sept.20-Oct.18.

4) TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training designed for those in ministry set at 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 might be cheaper to fly over to Thailand and take this course than it is to take the same course at a university in the country where you live, airfare included! To learn more or download application forms write
infothaiatactesoldotcom or visit


5) Online DMM Training in English, Spanish or Russian — For Free!

Got friends who speak English, Spanish or Russian as their first language? Don’t forget about the growing supply of training materials in launching disciplemaking movements ( disciple-making movements ) at…


They’re all free — and they are indeed growing. In fact, if there are so many posts that you find the material overwhelming, the site organizers have pulled out a couple of dozen high-priority training posts at…


just so you can get started with some of the best. Many of the pages are being translated into Russian and Spanish for your friends who are more at home in those languages.

6) Any Good Case Study Examples of Using Social Media for Outreach?

We continue to be interested in the concept of utilizing Facebook and other social networking sites for outreach… or at least to filter for interested searchers. There must be tons of good examples of this. We’ve mentioned before that the folks at Kingdom Training are now offering a course in this for free. Find it at…


But today we were wondering — what are some examples of seeing this at work? Where might we see case studies in effective outreach through Facebook? Surely there are examples? Know of any?

7) In our Ongoing Search for Missions Training Sites…

What are some of the other sites you have found to be effective for good missions training, either in person or online? Today, for example, we happened across…


What have you heard about this group in Canada? Looks like they do a two-week course in cross-cultural training, another two-week course in language acquisition, and a five-day debriefing experience. Anyone have personal experience there?

8) Are there any DOWNSides to Disciple Making Movements?

Today, purely for the sake of asking the question, we did some serious Google searching on a quest of trying to find the DOWN side of disciple making movement (DMM) principles and practices. Interestingly, we couldn’t find much (any?) at all. Do you know of anyone who is saying negative things about disciple-making movements? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We couldn’t find any. At all.

10) What’s the Best “Template” for Kicking off a New Mission Team?

Today we were wondering… what’s the best template or guidebook for helping someone kick off a new mission work from scratch? Could be a church… or a bunch of college or university students. Could be an agency who just wants to reboot a new work. Where would you send them? The closest thing we could think of to a printed ‘template,’ per se, might be the book, “A Vision of the Possible: Pioneer Church Planting in Teams,” available on Amazon at…


It was written by people who are actually implementing in difficult cross-cultural settings. But what’s your best pick?

11) So you Have to Raise Mission Support? Get the Book

If you’re just decided to go into missions, you’ve been accepted by your church or agency, and then you have just learned you have to raise support, never fear: Someone who has gone before you has your back. Visit…


for support-raising solutions. Start by getting the book (“The God Ask”) and add additional help as you need it from the site. You can and will succeed. A clear vision from God never goes unfunded. Get started today. Of course, ask your church or agency for additional help and resources, along with a clear budget, and any other fundraising materials they provide.

12) Suppose You’re a Cross-Cultural Worker Homeschooling Your Kids…

Suppose you have to stay on top of everything your kids are reading, but they’re starting to read full-length books. How do you get everything done for your JOB while still managing meaningful discussions about the multiple books your kids are reading? Try …


It’s like the old “Cliff’s Notes” that we used to see in high school and college — except modern and digital. Of course, Cliff’s Notes still maintains a site too… and they even say they are the “most widely imitated.” [smile] You’ll have to decide for yourself which site to use for your own purposes. : )


13) We’re Grateful for…

…the $52.94 gift from Insurance Services of America (ISA) highlighting insurance plans purchased recently for international travel from several of their new customers who heard about ISA in Brigada. God bless you ISA! Remember, if you need insurance, check out ISA at…


…the $100 gift we received from the Create Mobile Production & Training Team. They have designed amazing opportunities for those who want to learn more about using media for the Great Commission. Learn more at…


…and the $25 gift from ConnecTEFL. Learn more about their online training in teaching English as a foreign language at…

Would you consider joining with them in empowering Brigada to the nations? It’s easy to give. Just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: What’s the State of the Church in Your Country?

We’re not sure what it’s like for you in the churches in your country, but in the USA, it seems there are opinions across the board on the importance of the church. The Barna Group opened a can of worms in the USA when they surveyed some 4500 adults between May and August of 2013. They say their research could vary in its accuracy, plus or minus 3 points. Either way, it was sobering.


It was a “good news, bad news” kind of survey. On the one hand, around 4 out of 10 said they had been in church during the past week. So that’s good. That’s basically the same answer we’ve heard for decades. Maybe the media have been giving us “fake news” about throngs of people walking out of churches for good. Imagine: Out of the next 10 people you meet anywhere in the USA, there’s a fairly accurate chance that 4 out of the 10 are weekly church-goers! Yay!

However, before you get too excited, there was a fairly telling downward trend going on in the last 4 or 5 years of that survey. And what’s more [warning: bad news], 59% of the Millennials who grew up in church have dropped out at some point along the way. And the number reporting that they haven’t attended church at any point in the past 6 months has doubled — from 25% to 50% — just in the 4 years preceding this survey. 35% say they don’t attend church because the church isn’t relevant.

For the purposes of their survey, they considered participants as Millennials if they were born between 1984 and 2002, “Busters (or Gen-Xers),” if they were born between 1965 and 1983, Boomers if they were born between 1946 and 1964, and Elders if they were born 1945 or earlier.

Learn more about their findings in the little, book, “Sacred Roots: Why the Church Still Matters, available in eBook and paperback for five bucks at…


So what’s the state of the church in the country where YOU live? Please click “comment” following the web version of this item. And thanks in advance for your input.

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