Daily Archives: 2019/11/03

2019/11/03 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) “Missionaries and Bribes,” Free 225-page Book Ready For Download
2) Missionary Counseling Retreat in Chapel Hill North Carolina
3) Momentum Missionary Men’s Conference: Borneo March 2020
4) What Comes After the Digital and Social Revolutions?
5) Missio Nexus Has a New Report on Mission CEOs: Is it Helpful?
6) Missio Nexus’s Report on Church Missions Leaders: Is it Helpful?
7) Are You a Long-term Worker in the Field? Here’s a Survey
8) Team Expansion’s Member Care Person Compiles a List of Resources
9) In Case You Were Wondering if Anyone Ever Prays at the U.N….
10) When You Post a Comment to a Brigada Item, Readers Can View it
11) Your Chance to Speak to the United Nations (at its 75th birthday)
12) TESOL Training in Thailand and the Philippines.
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit:
15) Closing Stuff

1) "Missionaries and Bribes," Free 225-page Book Ready For Download

This book, with 8 chapters and 10 appendices, will not settle the bribery issue, but it does give a great deal of information.  This will help missionaries whose agencies have no policy or guidelines about facing apparent bribe situations. The book is now 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




2) Missionary Counseling Retreat in Chapel Hill North Carolina

ALONGSIDE is a professional counseling ministry in a retreat format for missionaries and pastors who desire renewal and restoration. ALONGSIDE offers 3-week programs designed to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of leaders who find themselves in a difficult season. ALONGSIDE has been caring for Christian leaders since 2000 and in January 2020, are expanding programs for one session only to Chapel Hill, NC. Visit




for more information.


3) Momentum Missionary Men’s Conference: Borneo March 2020

Here’s an event at which cross-cultural missionaries can get coaching, care and regain momentum in beautiful Borneo. Mornings will consist of worship and relevant renewal discussion, with afternoons filled by participants meeting with counselors for input, coaching, listening, prayer, etc. at their own discretion or they may choose to spend time alone with God exploring the island. Leave feeling healthy and effective.

Find out more at




or email

macgregoratfieldlifedotorg  (macgregoratfieldlifedotorg)  


4) What Comes After the Digital and Social Revolutions?

In a generation, we’ve gone from the digital revolution to the social revolution. What’s next? The future will be immersive. New worlds will shape us spiritually, teach us to learn differently, and change how we share our stories. Join others online, Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC -8.0) to learn from three experts why and how the future will be immersive.

Learn more and register at




5) Missio Nexus Has a New Report on Mission CEOs: Is it Helpful?

In a word, indubitably. How many CEOs took part? 119. Would we have liked for that to have been 500? Sure. But did these 119 CEOs give some fantastic answers? Most definitely. Their top personal priorities, their top influencers (the page on “Most Recommended Books” alone is worth the price of admission), the “annual review,” work and life, energizers, exhausters, staff effectiveness, activity assessment, external forces at work, internal forces and much, much more – they all help us put the job in perspective. These sets of answers help us see the “systems” that can influence… that ARE influencing… the jobs we do as leaders of agencies. VanHuis and his team have done an incredibly valuable service for us. You can read the entire report online for free if you’re already a member of Missio Nexus. (If you’re not — gasp.) See it here:




6) Missio Nexus’s Report on Church Missions Leaders: Is it Helpful?

In a word, absolutely. Seeing how other local church missions leaders function, how they prioritize (e.g., how they rank various concerns), what are the external forces at work in their jobs, what they consider to be key attributes of effective missions leaders, what are their key resources, what are their most helpful books, where do they send short-term teams — all these and more… they help create categories. They help give shape to our ability to analyze our own systems of thinking. Imagine a report that helps you keep short-term teams safe, or helps you collaborate. If you’re a member of Missio Nexus, this report is free for you to read online. (If you’re not — gasp.) See it here:




7) Are You a Long-term Worker in the Field? Here’s a Survey

We know, we know. Surveys take time — and your time is valuable. All we can say is that — this guy will look at your answers, draw helpful conclusions, then write good (or even great) articles about what you say. The surveyor is Justin Long. He works for Beyond — and he makes his research and analyses available to all of us. He tracks movements, he examines and curates news, and he lets us know what impacts us all. This is one survey you might want to take time to do. It’s short. Five minutes is all you’ll need, start to finish. You can even do it anonymously. He won’t tell anyone what you say. But the aggregated answers might help lots of us. If you have a moment, and if you’re a long-term worker (by your own definition), please answer this:




8) Team Expansion’s Member Care Person Compiles a List of Resources

And wow — is it ever good. The great thing is — she is openly willing to share her work with any and all. The report includes groups who do coaching, counseling, and debriefing. She lists resources for eating disorders, marriage, and MKs. There are groups and books for reentry, resiliency, teamwork, and training. And there’s a lot more than that. See the full report here:




Thank you Jenny.


10) When You Post a Comment to a Brigada Item, Readers Can View it

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11) Your Chance to Speak to the United Nations (at its 75th birthday)

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. Read more about it… and, if you want to make a difference in the future of your world, Kelly O’Donnell asks that you get involved. Most importantly, Kelly is inviting Brigada participants to *pray* for our world. Watch the video (click on the giant graphic) and learn more here…




You’ll be able to join the conversation. Contact the UN here…




For now, choose “Contact Us” in the top line menu there.


12) TESOL Training in Thailand and the Philippines.

English is the #1 platform for ministry all over the world. Don’t do a half-baked job if you are teaching English. Let your work be exemplary for Christ. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week certificate course in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including 10 hours of practice teaching to non-native speakers. For more info, click to…




or write:

infothaiatactesoldotcom  (infothaiatactesoldotcom)  


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from fantastic friends in the Great State of Texas who love and live for unreached peoples. Thank you!

…a $50 gift from Mission Network. Bless you for your regular monthly help to Jesus for unreached peoples through Brigada!

…a $30 gift from a writer who loves missionaries enough to provide published resources for the good of the Cause as a gift to the global church. God bless you!

…a $75 gift from a globally-minded Christian association who loves to help workers excel. Thank you!


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: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Since time eternal, missionaries have had trouble getting along. Paul and Barnabas had it out in Acts 15:39. Paul and Peter fight in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-14). Our good friend, Ron Koteskey, analyzed why we seemingly keep experiencing these conflicts at…




He encourages (with biblical backing) to approach the person alone. If this doesn’t work, he suggests we bring a witness or two. If this won’t work, he concludes the only way forward is to take it to the church. Ron suggests that, once the church makes a decision, if either party refuses to abide by the decision, then the church should treat that party as being “outside the church.” (See the biblical backdrop for Ron’s conclusions in Matthew 18:15-19.) Ron’s additional comments and suggestions all seem helpful. But, still we are left with questions. Why does conflict happen? We’re all trying to walk in Christ’s steps. We’re all praying. We’re all reading the same Book. Why can’t we all just get along?


If you have a magic solution… if you can help explain this… please click “comment” after this item on the web. We’d love to hear your take.


15) Closing Stuff

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