Daily Archives: 2019/03/10

2019/03/10 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion

______________________________________________________________________

In this issue…
1) “More Disciples” (the book) is Out on Amazon
2) Free Missions video series entitled Pathways to Global Understanding
3) Save The Date for Training in How to Raise Mission Support
4) Engage Unreached Refugees with a Dynamic Team at GoTEN
5) Fikkert & Kapic (and Chalmers) Release New Book, “Becoming Whole”
6) Free Music Video: Spiritual Warfare Lullaby
7) International Conference on Computing and Mission Conference
8) International Day for the Unreached Offers Action Guide
9) Emmaus Encounter: Missionary Individual/Couple Debriefing
10) It’s Not Really A Visa; More like a Registration (to enter Europe)
11) Zúme Course Rolls out in Ninth Language: Telugu
12) Where Can We Learn to Share the “3 Circles” Presentation?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: We Loved This Response to Critics of DMM/CPM
15) Closing Stuff

1) "More Disciples" (the book) is Out on Amazon

We’ve mentioned a couple of times that you’ll soon be able to order the new book, “More Disciples,” published by WIGTake Resources (the same group that brought you “Church Planting Movements” (Garrison) and “T4T” (Steve Smith and Ying Kai) and several other books. The book showed up on Amazon this past weekend. Find it at…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166/

Because Doug is the primary author, he didn’t want to say anything about the book himself. (That would be awkward.) So we’ll just feature what others have said about it. As a follower of Jesus, what’s the one thing you can take with you from this life to the next? The answer: more disciples. More Disciples is a practical, how-to guidebook that lays out a clear path for learning and implementing church-planting movement (CPM) and disciple-making movement (DMM) strategies and life principles. It includes in text form all of the concepts of the web-driven course, ZumeProject.com. In addition, readers can go deeper at a companion website, MoreDisciples.com (currently being revised to mesh with the book). Author and researcher, David Garrison, wrote, “More Disciples addresses head on the fundamental question: What’s it going to take to bring the world to faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ? More Disciples takes the centuries-old-challenge and, through the grace of God, places it within our grasp.” DMM specialist, David Watson, added, “More Disciples is a book well done being published at a critical moment for the church and those who wish to see all nations as brothers in Christ. There are several major take-aways that will touch every audience. The book addresses one of the weaknesses in disciple-making movements by supplying curricula that is culturally adaptive and ready for those who are interested.” Author Jerry Trousdale went on to say that, “More Disciples is truly an excellent resource for people wanting to get started, or get better at, catalyzing multiplying disciples. But it will also be a very useful reference resource for CPM/DMM veterans.”

2) Free Missions video series entitled Pathways to Global Understanding

Pathways, a Phoenix, Arizona based missions organization, just completed a series of 12 missions videos to help Christ followers discover their part in God’s Global Story. The curriculum is designed for use in small groups, classes or personal study. The videos are available free on line at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org

 

It looks really good. If you have participated or your group has already taken part, please click a comment and share your testimony. Thanks to those who took part — people like Jon Hardin, Meg Crossman, and many others — in making it! Pathways to Global Understanding is available to you at no charge because the people who prepared it want you to know the lessons contained in it. Meet all the speakers at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org/meet-the-speakers/

 

Learn more about the people who produced it at…

 

www.harvestmediaministry.com/

 

(Thanks to several who tipped us off on this, including Tim!)

4) Engage Unreached Refugees with a Dynamic Team at GoTEN

GoTEN (Go to Every Nation) is seeking men and women to join a team that lives and works among unreached refugees in Phoenix, AZ. Receive training in building relationships with neighbors, helping them assimilate to life in the US, and engaging families with oral Bible storytelling. The Phoenix region has three GoTEN ministry sites and focuses on six majority unreached peoples. Write ReganatGoTENdotorg  (ReganatGoTENdotorg)   for a full job description.

 

www.GoTEN.org/careers

5) Fikkert & Kapic (and Chalmers) Release New Book, "Becoming Whole"

From the author of, “When Helping Hurts,” comes a new book, “Becoming Whole.” Learn more at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Whole-Opposite-Poverty-American-ebook/dp/B07G2WLLJY

 

Perhaps it would make more sense if we included this snippet: “We keep trying to live out the story of Western civilization, even though it doesn’t fit who we are as human beings. And we keep asking poor people to join us in the story, giving them roles to play that don’t fit them either… We need a better story, one that fits who we a really are as human beings…

 

“You see, the story of poverty alleviation shouldn’t be to turn Uganda into the United States or the inner cities in the suburbs, for all of these places are fundamentally broken. Rather, the right story calls for all these places to become more like the New Jerusalem. That’s God’s story. It’s the only story that is actually true, the only story in which we can actually play the roles for which we’ve been created. It’s the only story that actually works.

 

“That’s what this book is all about; helping us to change the story of our lives in general and of our poverty alleviation efforts in particular.” You can actually download an entire chapter for free at…

 

becomingwholebook.com

7) International Conference on Computing and Mission Conference

ICCM-Americas meets in Hannibal, MO, June 26-29, 2019. The gathering brings together both leaders and technical practitioners in Information Technology/Information Security from multiple organizations with common interests in collaborative technology, learning from the strengths of others, cross-cultural mission, and fulfilling the Great Commission. Included are times of worship, prayer, panel discussion, plenary sessions, technical sessions, and networking opportunities.

Registration is currently open,

 

americas.iccm.org

 

See

 

iccm.org

 

for conferences on other continents. Discounted early-bird registration will likely end March 31, so better act fast. We’ve participated in these previously and they’re ALWAYS helpful.

9) Emmaus Encounter: Missionary Individual/Couple Debriefing

Emmaus Encounter is a debriefing ministry located in Montana (near Glacier National Park) for those in Christian ministry including missionaries, pastors and lay-people. It is a 5-day program offering listening space, time, and exercises that help you see Jesus in your journey, in the midst of pain, loss, injustice, confusion, disappointments, transition and weariness. This is a private, personal and sacred time together with only you (couple/single) and the debriefers.

 

EmmausEncounter.org 

11) Zúme Course Rolls out in Ninth Language: Telugu

Know anyone who speaks Telugu? It’s the third-most widely-spoken language of the Indian subcontinent (after Hindi and Bengali). It dominates Andhra Pradesh. And now it’s one of nine languages already available for Zúme, the web-driven course and in-life experience that helps you be a disciple worth reproducing. It also helps you learn how to make and multiply other disciples around you and around the world. To see Telugu (and all the other languages available so far), just click to…

 

www.ZumeProject.com

 

then click the drop-down arrow upper right (it probably defaults to English). Choose a language from that list that you recognize. If you don’t recognize any just yet, just hang around for a while. The development team at Zúme will be rolling out 31 others over the next year. And the wild thing is — Zúme is available to you free of charge because of the kindness of lots of donors who believe in the Great Commission.

12) Where Can We Learn to Share the "3 Circles" Presentation?

The book, More Disciples, trains readers how to share the 3 Circles Life Conversation (originally developed by Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida) on page 118-122. In frame-by-frame storyboards, the book helps readers easily learn to share the Good News using this readily-adapted format. See More Disciples here…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

You can watch a video version of this colorful 3 Circles presentation online at…

https://vimeo.com/289340874

13) We’re Grateful for…

… the $100 gift from a pair of great friends in Texas who LOVE Farsi people in the Lord! Thank you and God bless you!

… a $100 gift from Mission Network. You’re amazing. God bless you!!!

… the $18.34 thank-you gift from Insurance Services of America, given because multiple churches like Rocky Mountain Christian Church purchased insurance from ISA (Thank you ISA and Thank you Rocky Mountain, for mentioning Brigada when you purchased your trip interruption/cancellation insurance!!). Learn more about ISA at…

 

missionaryhealth.net/shortterm/

 

Want to join these partners in helping Brigada through 2019? If so, 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: We Loved This Response to Critics of DMM/CPM

Recently, we found ourselves in the middle of an exchange of emails aimed at designing rebuttals toward some critics who were casting stones at disciple-making movement (DMM) and church-planting movement (CPM) approaches. In the midst of no small amount of wrangling scriptures and forging powerful responses came a mature voice of tranquility. It was David Garrison. His reply seemed so balanced, we asked his permission to reprint it to a wider audience, volunteering to remove all proper nouns. Somewhat embarrassed, but at the same time, convinced his approach was prayerfully true, he agreed. Here’s what he essentially said:

 

“What we’re now hearing from these various critics (of DMM/CPM) is not new, though it is coming out of a new front. I’ve seen this for years from various naysayers. The good news is that these brethren are brethren, and do have contributions to make to our own thinking and understanding. We should listen to them and see what positive things we can take away from their critiques without getting sidetracked by these skirmishes.

 

“On the one hand, they are attempting pioneer church planting, and for that we can be grateful. Many who begin with them may some day migrate over to more fruitfully exponential paradigms. In one particular region, some years ago, we had a whole cadre of folk who seemed to have all come from one common stream, who were no friends of CPMs, but these young missionaries quickly came to see that “planting a church” among a particular people group (as some would advocate) does little to impact the exponentially compounding lostness of the world’s UPGs. These young missionaries, over time, saw for themselves that DMM/CPM was, in fact, occurring among many UPGs around them. It didn’t take them too long to ask for training in more fruitful practices, and the great majority of them (at least in our region) have gone on to become highly fruitful DMM/CPM catalysts.

 

“It’s important that we be Christlike in our interaction with these who cast doubt and questions on our claims – while making sure we are not inflating any claims ourselves. They, the critics, are not the real enemy; lostness is the enemy, and we must not yield to the temptation to become distracted by those who find it so difficult to grasp the CPM/DMM paradigm. Missionaries are feisty people; let’s keep our feistiness focused on lostness.

 

“In summary, let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends: the knowledge of the glory of God (which is Christ in us) multiplying exponentially until it covers the earth “as the waters cover the seas.”

 

Blessings,

 

David Garrison

[end of David Garrison’s comments]

 

When we grow up, we want to be like David Garrison. This balanced response doesn’t invite the formation of roots of bitterness. What’s more, it promptly ends cat fights. The roar of flame-mails soon dies out when one party refuses to spar in response. We would all do well to learn from Garrison’s patience, even if we wish for more disciples and more disciple-makers. Maybe the secret to multiplication isn’t really in our arguments and logic. Maybe it has rested in God all along anyway. Do you agree or disagree?

15) Closing Stuff

Subscription Information –

 

Want to unsubscribe? Just click the “Unsubscribe” link at the end of this email. It’s one touch – so easy.

 

Want to change your address? That’s easy too. First, use the unsubscribe instruction above to get rid of your old address. Then just click to www.brigada.org and enter your new address in the one-click subscribe box in the upper right. That’s it! If necessary, verify the new address by watching your inbox for the confirmation from our email sending service. Be ready to click on (or copy and paste) the link into your browser. That’s it! It’s that easy!

 

To Submit an Item – We love to feature your news & resources! To find out how, read our submission guidelines and use the web form at:

 

www.brigada.org/submit-an-item

 

Disclaimer –

We can’t screen ’em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information!

The web is constantly changing. We’ll do our best to scout it out in advance, but if the sea changes after we visit a site to check it out, please forgive.

 

Please Don’t Subscribe Us To Your List Without Asking –

Sorry, nothing personal, but we’re already deluged.

 

Warning About Forwarding Emails –

Just say no! :-) Read our thoughts about forwarding emails at

 

www.brigada.org/opc

 

Donate to Brigada –

 

To give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right at www.brigada.org. Or if you’re reading this via email, scroll to the bottom to find a handy link. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!

 

Privacy Information –

 

We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You will NEVER be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. Life is good. :-)

 

Copyright – This issue of _Brigada Today_ is Copyrighted 2019. However, permission is granted to freely redistr87ibute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

 

When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this

phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at www.brigada.org.”

 

 Scroll to top