2014/11/30 — Brigada Today

WebCompiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion. Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org . Your gift to Brigada will help get motivation, resources, and news/trends out to thousands of Christian workers throughout the globe on a weekly basis.

 
In this issue…

1) Today Could be Giving Wednesday…
2) Free Orality Books!
3) More eBooks for Missionaries!
4) Be Equipped To Engage With Other Worldviews
5) Got Duct Tape? Build a Team
6) Educate Global Leaders in Creating Sustainable Prosperity
7) Give Your Short-term Trips a Unified Focus
8) Use Flipboard to Customize the News You Use
9) Looking for the Ideal Airfare?
10) Customize a Training Track for Each Network in Your Church/Group
11) Missionary Training International Offers Help On the Return too
12) Hang with your Peers, Share Lessons Learned, Grow your Network
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Early Christmas via Brigada: Free CRM/CMS Software
15) Closing Stuff

1) Today Could be “Giving Wednesday”

giving tuesdayThis week, you have probably received 250 email requests from other causes. But if God has blessed you in such a way that you could include Brigada in your plans today, making it “Giving Wednesday,” we’d be soooooo grateful. With one gift of $100 (or any amount you choose), you impact the lives of thousands of Christian workers throughout the world, in countries near and far. Thousands receive these resources personally, but many then redistribute it to their own networks. You can choose either of two ways to donate: To give online, just scroll to the top of our website and click “Donate.” And you don’t need a PayPal account to give online. (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!

2) Free Orality Books!

orality breakouts 2010_0Sure it’s more fun to learn chronological Bible storytelling in a one-week in-person course in Florida. But suppose you’re in a spot in which time or dollars prevent that for the moment. The next best thing might be to download free how-to books on orality via a great link you heard about right here at Brigada.org. To get your free downloads (without having to sign up for anything or be spammed at all!), point your browser to…

http://www.orality.net/node/316

The key book there, Making Disciples of Oral Learners, by Avery Willis, will definitely get you started. Thanks to the IMB, Avery Willis, and the International Orality Network (which he helped lead for so much of the latter years of his great life)!

3) More eBooks for Missionaries!

equipped_frontcover500-199x300Now you can download “EQUIPPED! Ready for Everyday Spiritual warfare” and “EDFIED!: 365 devotionals to stimulate personal worship and spark inner transformation.” Grab them at…

www.edifyingservices.com

At Amazon, I could only find print editions. But at the EdifyingServices site, ebooks are an option for 1/3 the print price. Both are perfect for recruits — and… the profits all go to missions!

4) Be Equipped To Engage With Other Worldviews

ywamEquip2Go is a one week seminar running in Perth, Australia, which will help you maximize your outreach with the knowledge and resources to share the gospel cross-culturally. The seminar will help you to understand the progress of missions in the world today, and to identify areas of greatest need. You will then be introduced to practical methods for sharing the gospel with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, including the use of media, arts, and cutting-edge digital technologies. From relationship building to using mobile and internet-based tools, the heart is to see participants increase in effectiveness in reaching unreached peoples. Find more information and apply online at

http://www.ywamperth.org.au/training/equip2go/

6) Educate Global Leaders in Creating Sustainable Prosperity

thunderbird-school-of-global-managementLet me guess: You can disciple them and teach them the spiritual side. But the tough part is… how will they make a living? That’s where Thunderbird comes in. It came to us last week, highly recommended. Check out Thunderbird’s approach at…

http://www.thunderbird.edu

Just think — without you, they’d be lost spiritually. But now, you can help them to more than just get by physically. Now that you’ve connected them to eternity-changing principles, hook them up with the life-changing principles at Thunderbird.

7) Give Your Short-term Trips a Unified Focus

SONY DSCWant to give all your short-term trips a standard feel? Would you like to save time in administrating virtually every piece of the outreach? Need help with administrating all the infrastructure? Sounds like you could use MissionMakr.

http://www.MissionMakr.com

It’s easy to use, promotes better communication and camaraderie, and, on top of all that, it’s probably more affordable than you think. Check it out.

8) Use Flipboard to Customize the News You Use

flipboard_browse_sections_620pxWhether you are a go-er or a sender, you would probably like to stay informed of the latest news and trends about your field(s) and outreach(es). I have a good friend and strong partner named Wade who supervises his megachurch’s missions ministry on virtually every continent in dozens of countries and locations. He uses Flipboard to prep his news….

http://www.FlipBoard.com

By creating a profile in Flipboard, he can maximize the relevance while minimizing his time and leveraging his potential impact as an overseer. Flipboard can send his news to his phone or his ipad — and it’s always there, sleuthing out the stories and resources he’d like to see, all for free. Wade advises, “Give Flipboard a try. You won’t regret it.”

9) Looking for the Ideal Airfare?

go airfareThe best airfare isn’t always the absolute least expensive. This past week, we were reminded of two top-notch travel agencies, Fellowship Travel and Cain Travel. Either one can help you find the best VALUE for the money. They’re quick, attentive, and well-connected. Give them a chance to win the best value bid for your next trip, be it short-term or long.

http://www.fellowship.com

http://www.caintravel.com/

Maybe the best approach is to call both agencies and see which one comes up with the best solution for your missionary dollars.

10) Customize a Training Track for Each Network in Your Church/Group

bible studyThat’s what you can do with

http://www.rightnowmedia.org/

You can customize a training track for children, youth and/or missions, and even produce your own teaching track on video. Interestingly, they’ll give a “permission to use” license for your entire group of missionaries, regardless of how may workers are in your agency or org. Imagine the training you can offer in member care, or even a set of field-by-field summaries custom-driven for your church or group. Give it a try.

11) Missionary Training International Offers Help On the Return too

MTIBy now you have no doubt heard of the great pre-field orientation that MTI can offer you, but did you know they train your workers for the trip back home, too? Check out the Debriefing and Reentry (DAR) training at…

https://www.mti.org/programs/DAR

In fact, at CODAR, they’ll unselfishly even prepare YOU to lead the same training in your church or mission org.

https://www.mti.org/programs/CODAR

In our org, we require virtually ALL our workers to do pre-field training at MTI, and we often recommend DAR in all the cases in which there are reentry issues (when AREN’T there, anyway?).

12) Hang with your Peers, Share Lessons Learned, Grow your Network

missionexus conferenceWhat do you get when you combine the best experience of the EFMA with the breadth of knowledge of the IFMA? You get MissioNexus. Regardless of whether you’re a veteran or a rookie in global outreach, someone in MissioNexus probably has the solution to your next problem (even if you haven’t encountered it yet). Just their conference alone is worth the look…

http://missionexus.org/mission-leaders-conference-2015-upward

But Steve and his staff have completely retooled to offer you a whole lot more. Give them a look and, if you like, join them and see for yourself.

13) We’re Grateful…

thank you christmas lights…for the $100 gift that arrived this week from Mission Network, based in Mount Vernon, WA. They believe in Brigada enough to make a monthly pledge of $100, partly because they want to dare other agencies, churches, and individuals to do the same. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Network at…

http://themissionnetwork.org/

…for the $100 gift from a team member at Good News Productions, International in Joplin, MO, connecting the world via media for the sake of the Good News.

…for a $50 gift from a Perspectives coordinator who wrote, “It’s always a joy to give to this valuable resource, Doug. Thank you for all you do. Blessings and joys this Thanksgiving.” God bless you and God bless Perspectives, a 15-week journey directly into God’s heart for the nations. Learn more at…

http://www.Perspectives.org

…for the gift of $25 from a Brigada participant who believes strongly in missions mobilization! (Thank you!)

…for the gift of $50 from a Brigada participant who writes books!

Finally, in honor of another recent donor, would you please take a moment to pray for Word Church in Vushtrri, Republic of Kosovo, where witnessing among Muslims is very difficult. Thanks.

14) The BackPage: Early Christmas via Brigada: Free CRM/CMS Software

christmas presentIt’s the hap- happiest season of all, right? Nothing says “Ho, Ho, Ho!” like a new full-on customer (constituent) management system combined with an incredibly powerful web content management platform all wrapped up in one, right? Well guess what: break out the stockings. You’re gonna need them. A bunch of powerful churches have gotten together and decided to give something back to the greater Christian community. The result? RockRMS. Check it out at..

http://www.rockrms.com

What is it? Like we said above, basically, you can use it to run your mega-church. In fact, several mega-churches already ARE running it. Like… one church of 25,000. Another of 20,000. And another of 8,000. And more coming all the time. But beyond that, you can also use it to run your missions agency. It will have online and offline giving solutions, prayer ministry options, and all the entry data you can imagine about people, relationships, and groups.

Is there a downside? I guess one might be — you’ll need someone to oversee and maintain the installation. You don’t need a complete I.T. department, but at the same time, you’ll need someone who knows what he/she is doing. But for this price (free?), maybe it’ll be worth recruiting a volunteer to help you — someone who can partner with you to make this whole thing work.

Is it better than something off-the-shelf? Arguably, yes. Because the installed base has a strong motivation to keep moving forward (in other words, it has definitely reached the “tipping point”), this project will not fail. It WILL go forward and it WILL be effective. Which means — YOU will be effective. No matter what. This won’t generate extra baptisms. But once you get it up and running, you likely won’t forget their birthdays. Now — price doesn’t always signal value. In other words, just because something is free, it doesn’t make it great. Now … if it’s free and if it has already been embraced by some of the nation’s largest mega-churches, now THAT is something to consider. :-)

So I like the odds. They are (literally) 100%.

Just remember — you heard about it in Brigada. :-) But… credit where credit is due… Brigada heard about it from Larrie. (Thanks Larrie!!! May God bless you mightily, brother.)

Now let’s tell the most important part of all: The designers and producers of this top-notch platform are asking for your prayers. They want this project to succeed as much as (more than?) anybody. So they’re asking that you pray for them — and their futures. Please join us in doing so this Christmas season.

15) Closing Stuff

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