2) How Do You Communicate Vision to Your Team?

Kelly and Ben Decker have some great ideas at…

but we’d be interested in hearing your take as well. What methods have worked for you? How do you avoid the trap of creating a vision statement that stacks on the shelf and is never viewed again? We’ve recently become interested in metrics and dashboards as a component in helping our teams and our org stay on track (see below). But what has worked for you? Just click “Comment” please — and testify. (Thanks, Mindy.)

6) Thank you, University of Kansas, for Your Community Toolbox

We know. It’s NCAA Basketball tournament time here in the USA. “March Madness.” Everybody gets hoop happy. But the University of Kansas does more than produce basketball players. They also try to help those who are helping communities. Take, for example, their Community Toolbox.

It’s packed full of helpful resources for all of us who want to make a difference in our community and our world. Just the 46 chapters of “Learning a Skill [in Community Development]” alone are worth the price of admission (which, by the way, is FREE!):

We would do well to MEMORIZE the entire 46 chapters!!! (Thanks for the tip, Mindy!)

How to Learn About 25 Of The World’s Largest Cities

Suppose a local church came to you asking for help in making an impact on 25 of the world’s largest cities in 2018. Maybe the first thing you’d want to do is sharpen your geography skills so you can quickly point to each of those 25 cities on a map, right? Never fear. Seterra is here. 3 or 4 attempts at this online map-quiz game will help you get started in your quest.

Once you figured out where all the top 25 cities were located, your next challenge would be to learn about them. Where would you go? Wikipedia? Smithsonian Magazine?

In other words, where are the best sources for learning about mega-cities? If you’ve got a thought, please click “Comment” following the web version of this article. And by the way, this is a real scenario. So we’re for real interested. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Curious About the Origin of the Term, “Member Care?”

There’s been a great discussion since we asked the question in Brigada a few weeks ago. Posts include memories from the likes of Neal Pirolo. Some cited trainers such as Sam Rowen and Ken Harder. Read the entire thread at…

One friend (Randy) wrote with some private memories. “I’ve skimmed through my ’91 copy of Neal Pirolo’s book and did not quickly see the term member care. I also searched the digital copy he had posted in Blue Letter Bible and it did not appear there. However Kelly’s 1992 Helping Missionaries grow uses member care extensively. I suspect that Kelly who was then an up coming networker in missionary care was pushing the term member care because of his contacts in limited access countries where terms like missionary care and pastoral care could not be used. Kelly also had a broader view than his own discipline of psychology and mental health which is reflected in that ’92 book. I’ll probably ask him about it, if I remember, the next time I see him.”

He continued, “In Clyde Narrimore’s radio broadcast which I mentioned he would mention how he served missionaries on furlough. It seems the precurser to what we now call debriefing. I was only a child then, but his perspective on missionaries needing care was so different than the monthly missionaries we heard in church were missionaries were still veiwed as sort of spiritual superheros.”

He finished off with a reflection, “It is interesting to now see the explosion of missionary care that is now taking place over a half a century later.” Indeed. Thanks Randy. Do you have other memories about the exact origin of the term?

Remembering Those Struck by Disaster

As this Brigada heads out the door, it goes without saying that we ought to pause to pray for those suffering from the effects of hurricanes, flooding, and more. Apparently 90% of the housing on the island of Barbuda has been leveled.

We’ve heard that one-third of Bangladesh is under water? Houston has $180 billion dollars in damages. Many are trying to escape Irma. Some in other parts of the world have nowhere to go and no way to get there. The list goes on. Please join us in lifting up those impacted by these horrific disasters.

The Last Bit: Let’s Make a Reading List for Marketplace Ministries

Some refer to it as “business as missions” or “BAM” while others use the term ‘marketplace ministries.’ Some still just say, “tentmaking,” in a throwback to the apostle Paul. Regardless, the idea is the same: How can I integrate my work and my witness as one, regardless of where I serve in the world. Can I be INTENTIONAL about merging the two? Can I actually PLAN my career in such a way that it provides the best avenue for multiplying disciples and churches in answer to the Great Commission? Those are tough questions. They deserve serious answers. Let’s pull together some of the best resources here. If you know of others, please mention them in comments following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

First, there are several resources listed on the Antioch Journey website. See

There you’ll find resources like these (we’ve pulled some additional ideas from a friend named Allan and added a few ourselves):

First, to keep in mind the eventual goal (making disciples):
*** Contagious Disciple Making by David L. Watson and Paul D. Watson
*** Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
*** Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott
*** The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges

Then, books which specialize in marketpace ministry:
*** The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russel
*** Business for Transformation by Patrick Lai
*** Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen
*** Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice by C. Neal Johnson
*** Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer

Can you think of others? If so, please click comment following the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give!

If You Live in These 7 States in the USA, The Clock is Ticking…

If you live in WA, MT, MN, MO, KY, PA, or ME, the clock is ticking on your driver’s license. After January 22nd, 2018, the TSA will no longer accept driver’s licenses from these states unless something changes in the next year. So you’ll literally need a passport to fly – even domestically! Check it out at Homeland Security’s website…

Learn more here as well…

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