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2017/07/30 — 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) A Brilliant Way To Engage Millennials?
2) What Missionaries Ought to Know… (Revised): Free Download
3) Epic Documentary Celebrates United Jerusalem
4) Got a Home-Schooler in Your House?
5) SRS Public Support-raising Bootcamp Schedule
6) Churches and Agencies, TIMO is an Option to Train Your Recruits
7) Please — Stop Inviting People to your Church
8) Where to Find Training Materials for “Purity Sponsors???”
9) What is “Member Care,” Really?
10) Everything You Need To Manage Traveler Risk On One Dashboard
11) What If We Fall Short of the Goal? Like Neymar, Don’t Give Up
12) Why Does Brigada Still Spell Out the Entire URL of Links?
13) We’re Grateful to…
14) The Last Bit: Business as Missions vs. Missions as Missions
15) Closing Stuff

1) A Brilliant Way To Engage Millennials?

While some North American agencies struggle to find missionaries, Commission To Every Nation is steadily growing. They don’t advertise or recruit but regularly have applicants calling to apply. A new book by the founder explains what they do differently. Check it out and decide for yourself – is this a new wave in missions, a way to finally engage millennials, or is it just plain crazy? It’s available on Amazon:


2) What Missionaries Ought to Know… (Revised): Free Download

“What Missionaries Ought to Know….: A Handbook for Life and Service” has been revised and expanded so that the e-book now has 74 chapters in its 450 pages. If you have an old edition with fewer than 74 chapters, you can download a copy of the new 2017 edition FREE. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


3) Epic Documentary Celebrates United Jerusalem

In honor of the Jerusalem Jubilee, documentary filmmaker David Kiern is releasing “I Am Israel” for free to any church or small group.
“I Am Israel” is an epic film which takes Believers on a cinematic journey through the Land of the Bible. Now screening in over 1000 churches on six continents. To preview the film for your church, Sunday School class, or small group Bible study, visit


Wow — we’re watching it right now and it is INCREDIBLY well-produced.

6) Churches and Agencies, TIMO is an Option to Train Your Recruits

Have you heard of TIMO? It’s a two-year training program that blends learning and doing, giving new workers the chance to learn about and serve unreached people groups in Africa! Most TIMO Teams have Africans on the team as team members and all team leaders/mentors are experienced cross-cultural workers with 5 or more years of experience. The team goes through a guided but flexible curriculum and focuses on learning heart language and culture and on building relationships in the host community. It is designed for those called to long term cross cultural missions, and gives team members a chance to try new things, make mistakes, be mentored, learn how to engage the unreached… all the while doing ministry among a UPG! Check it out at


Think About It from AIM On-Field Media on Vimeo.

TIMO is a ministry of the Africa Inland Mission, but TIMO partners with many other mission orgs and runs multi-organizational teams.


8) Where to Find Training Materials for “Purity Sponsors???”

Surely someone has prepared a course to train people how to help those who are addicted to looking at things on the internet that they shouldn’t view. (If we say the word, the filters for your will kick in and you won’t see this edition of Brigada, so we have to talk around the issue, which is so metaphorical about the church, too.) In other words, suppose you’re a mission agency with 100 applicants per year for new full-time work. Our guess is that 65 of those will either be addicted to looking at things on the internet (that they shouldn’t) or they will be doing it in hiding, without telling you. You can’t help the latter crowd (because they’re keeping it hidden), but the honest folks are crying out for help. Who trains the folks on your staff who are willing to coach them out of this bad habit that is driving a wedge between them and God? We’ve done a quick poll and we can’t find ANY training whatsoever. How is that possible. We can get online training for running a video camera, starting a discovery Bible study, and changing the oil in our lawn mower even. Surely *someone* has developed materials for those who are charged with coaching people away from this destructive habit?

9) What is “Member Care,” Really?

Who coined the term, “Member Care?” Was it Kelly O’Donnell, in his 2002 book, “Doing Member Care Well?” (He used it again in his 2011 book, “Global Member Care.”) These are valuable “best practices” books containing resources and input from people all over the world. (Thank you Kelly.) But we wonder who first used the term? Who made them famous? Either way, what are YOUR favorite books about Member Care? We’ve attended the “Pastor to Missionaries” conference (Thank you Barnabas International


(They also have a set of free downloadable tools at…


But where do you get your best help for Member Care? In short, who guides you? If you have a tip or an answer, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

10) Everything You Need To Manage Traveler Risk On One Dashboard

Morton Security is once again working to keep non-profits and faith based organizations in business by providing safety and security resources at an affordable rate. They now have an online platform that manages traveler itineraries, emergency contact information, provides critical information, intelligence reports, access to security assets onsite and includes travel insurance/evacuation coverage. They give you the ability to avoid a crisis and react to crisis efficiently. Learn more at…


11) What If We Fall Short of the Goal? Like Neymar, Don’t Give Up

I understand PSG has offered something like 1/2 billion Euros for Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (who has played for Barcelona since 2013). I don’t even know what 1/2 billion Euros looks like. To put things into perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to the 2016 entire national budget for Sierra Leone (or Belize). Now… Neymar is good, mind you. But even he sometimes misses. If you don’t believe it, just watch him trying to kick a goal across rooftops on Jimmy Kimmel, ‘live.’ The trouble is, he misses the first two times. But he keeps trying. Just because we haven’t accomplished the Great Commission yet, it doesn’t mean we should give up. We should keep trying. Maybe “third time will be charm” for us too. : ) (See for yourself.)


12) Why Does Brigada Still Spell Out the Entire URL of Links?

In a day and age when seemingly *everybody* links long URL’s to innocent words in the middle of sentences, why does Brigada continue to spell out links on a separate line, with the “http://” in front of the URL? There are several answers:
a) First (and the shortest answer), some (many?) of our readers still print their Brigada editions and hand the paper copies to friends and colleagues in their offices. Did you ever stop to realize that when you print a webpage or email, the link *behind* that bold word is completely invisible? We’ve always believed that, contrary to popular opinion, at least when it comes to web pages and emails, the printed page isn’t very powerful — if the links are all missing. So we spell them out — every time — on their own separate line, so they won’t get mixed up with periods or other punctuation or get mixed in with other words or text. But just as importantly, …
b) Secondly, there’s a philosophical reason too. We’ve always thought it was weird that people would just *blindly* click on a link without paying attention to where they’re going. So we made a commitment long ago that we’d provide the link, regardless of how long it is, and that the link *behind* the link would be exactly the same as the printed link on the page. In other words, unlike other pages, we *SHOW* you exactly where we’re going to send you when you click. Now granted… you could make the argument that one can always hover one’s mouse over the link to verify (since modern browsers then display the link hiding under the link), but we just always thought it was more honest to be straight with you — about where you’re about the fly.

c) Finally, we just like the idea that this “full disclosure practice” would hopefully help people name links logically, if at all possible. Why wouldn’t it be possible that if you go to


it should take you to the world news summary page? (And it does, by the way.) If people would just be a bit more logical about naming their webpages, then the world would be a friendlier place ANYWAY. I mean, what if CNN had named their page, cnn.com/1359799/july/2016/fkdlsifl ??? That just wouldn’t make any sense, eh? So we love letting you SEE the link because it helps the world see how (hopefully) orderly web page creators can be.

That’s all we’ve got to say about that. : )

14) The Last Bit: Business as Missions vs. Missions as Missions

How do your workers deal with it? This past week, the question came from one of our Brigada participants, “Do people doing ‘Business as Mission’ struggle (with) balancing business and mission? Having a bifurcated focus was always hard for me as a “bivocational pastor”. What resources exist to help people deal with it?” Now, leaving aside the fact that I had to look up the word, “bifurcate” to make sure I knew what it meant (I could GUESS by the context, but wow — who uses that word? Now I’ve decided… I have to use “bifurcate” in a sentence at least ten times today to add it to my vocabulary), what do YOU do to help your workers understand this dual-edged life thing? Of course, the best teaching is that we would have incorporated Christ into our lifestyle to the point that merely by living and working a normal life, we just bring Him up regularly as we walk and talk, right?

I appreciated the fact that this inquirer, whom we’ll call “Charlie,” also cc’d Justin L. on the same email. Justin responded (copying us), “The big challenge I have often heard is the paradigm shift away from bifurcation. That the business IS the mission. In other words, people who run a business in order to make disciples of workers, families, and customers – who model how Christianity is lived out in the context of business, work, social, home life, etc. … There are several BAM networks out there and some literature about it. …

Justin” [Thank you Justin!]

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But how do you prepare YOUR workers — in your church or organization — to sort this whole question out effectively?

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