2018/09/23 — Brigada Today

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

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In this issue…

1) New Video-Driven Local Church Missions Course Looks AMAZING

2) Get Trained to Teach English as a Second Language in Asia

3) Are You Using Your Mobile Phone for Maximum Ministry Impact?

4) People of Faith & the Importance of Morality in Tech

5) Want to Change Your Address for Brigada’s Weekly Email?

6) October Online Classes: Teach People to Read

7) How to Share “3 Circles More Disciples” in 3 Minutes

8) We’ve Been Kicking the Tires of Disciple.Tools; We Love it

9) Your Church/Mission Has been Hearing about China: So Do Something.

10) Missio Nexus “Partnership” Event Scores Huge Gains in Every Way

11) The One Easy Next Thing You Could Do: Ask a Friend to Join Brigada

12) Join Others in Praying for the Tai Dam People of Southeast Asia

13) We’re Grateful For…

14) The Last Bit: Response to Radius International’s Article on DMM

15) Closing Stuff

1) New Video-Driven Local Church Missions Course Looks AMAZING

We’ve been following the development of this course for some time. But we had no idea that it would be this engaging and this EFFECTIVE. It’s called Momentum. And boy will it create some. Inspired by courses like Perspectives and Kairos, here’s a course that is truly more like an EXPERIENCE than a class. In this case, a megachurch which loves missions has pulled together a diverse team of witnesses, combined them with years of research regarding how to motivate a church toward engaging the nations both near and far, then hired a top-notch video production crew to tell the story. This course invites everyday people into God’s mission. It will help your church members rethink God’s mission, the call of the Church, individual roles, perspective, mission, identity, involvement, opportunity, and life itself. It’s customizable to a specific group or church context. And in Sessions 3-6, the group leader has the opportunity to shepherd participants toward specific next steps. Each session includes video segments, discussion guides, and practical challenges. You can see the trailer today (and sign up to be notified the day the course goes live in November) at…

https://www.momentumyes.com/

We personally know the church behind this project. The missions leadership there is sooooo gracious, they are making this course a gift to the world. Bottom line: This course is going to be completely free of charge, no strings attached. 9 sessions. 90 minutes each. Fast-paced. Powerful. Very up-to-date. Biblical. Reproducible. Amazing. Please sign up today.

2) Get Trained to Teach English as a Second Language in Asia

Get TESOL training designed for those in ministry set at a ministry budget. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week course leading to a TESOL certificate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get classes, community experience, and lots of guidance – and a certificate – all at the same time. And it’s cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! Discover the application forms and more information at

http://www.actesol.com

or write
infothaiatactesoldotcom

3) Are You Using Your Mobile Phone for Maximum Ministry Impact?

Are you a field worker and want to accelerate your ministry through your mobile phone and social media? Learn the types of phones, apps, and media most used in your mission field culture, and how to leverage them for outreach and discipleship. Register for Using Mobile Phones in Missions, a 5-week mentored online course that starts October 30. Learn more:

http://www.missionmediau.org/courses/mobiles-in-mission/

4) People of Faith & the Importance of Morality in Tech

Visual Story Network and Mission AR/VR are hosting an hour with digital media expert Ash Greyson on October 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC -7.0). Ash will be sharing key principles of why morality is vital in emerging technologies like AR and VR. You’ll also meet 25 other leaders and share your interest in AR/VR. Learn more and register here.

http://www.visualstorynetwork.org/events/online-event-people-of-faith-the-importance-of-morality-in-tech

6) October Online Classes: Teach People to Read

Nearly one billion people are illiterate and cannot read street signs, newspapers, or the Bible. You can share the message of Jesus through the gift of reading. Join an online class and learn easy ways to teach others to read and write in 250+ mother tongue languages. Visit

https://www.literacyevangelism.org/get-involved/training

or email
InstructoratLiteracyInternationaldotnet

7) How to Share “3 Circles More Disciples” in 3 Minutes

We pulled together a team of specialists, did a bunch of research, and here was the result:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czFAdNWh6yg

You’ll always be able to find it by going to YouTube and searching for
“3 circles more disciples.” Hope it helps you! (By the way, for what it’s worth, that’s Doug’s voice-over. His price was right. AND, for what it’s worth, those are Tina’s visuals. She learns video production software quickly. : ) )

8) We’ve Been Kicking the Tires of Disciple.Tools; We Love it

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been trying out the new collaboration software called Disciple.Tools. We can sum up our response in one word: Awesome. Sure there were CRM packages that churches and mission agencies could buy, rent, or try to adapt. But prior to now, they were either too expensive, too complicated, too kludgy, or just plain didn’t quite fit. Finally, here’s a disciple-makers who just simply want to see progress made toward his Great Commission. Designed specifically for field teams, mission orgs, churches, and Christian mass media groups, this tool was developed by practitioners in the field. They say “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well the particular field team who led the way in developing this is first and foremost exactly that: a field team. They led the way in developing this software because they couldn’t find it on the shelf and they needed it. Yes, truth in advertising, they happen to be from the org of which we’re members. But we’d recommend this software if it had been developed by anyone, anywhere else in the world. It’s unique, secure, scalable, quick as a bunny, mobile, with adequate filtering and it’s even multilingual. What’s more, it’s open source, plays well with others (like Facebook and MailChimp), and it can even be customized and extended. With it, you can find seekers, track progress of your emerging disciple-making movement, collaborate, chart, and hand off contacts. There’s a great dashboard. It’s listed on Github. And most amazing of all (drum roll), it’s a gift to the nations. Because this team needed it, they paid to develop it — in more ways than one. It’s completely free of charge to you. And it improves virtually every month. Seriously. You’ll love it. Try it.

https://disciple.tools/

9) Your Church/Mission Has been Hearing about China: So Do Something.

Your people have been hearing about the stepped-up persecution there. For Pete’s sake, it’s been in the mainstream media for weeks. But what, if anything, have you DONE about it. Now you can. Pray. Start here.

https://prayercast.com/china.html

Feature this in a special prayer time on an upcoming Sunday morning at your church. Consider it at your mission organization’s next prayer time. Take it seriously. Pray with the visual images, pray along with the impassioned pray-er featured in the video. Above all things, pray. Make a difference. Change starts here.

10) Missio Nexus “Partnership” Event Scores Huge Gains in Every Way

We can’t figure out how to do an event better. Ted Esler and the folks at Missio Nexus just did exactly what you would want a network like Missio Nexus to do: They taught all of us how to do a missions conference. The speakers were incredible. In fact, you can hear them all online at…

https://missionexus.org/media/#Conferences

Now they’re making every last session available to members — and membership starts at $125. These are top-notch speakers with great main sessions and workshops (including all the ECFA and financial/IRS specialists). This Missio Nexus thing… it’s the real deal. Out of sheer gratitude alone, we hope someone, somewhere in the Kingdom decides TODAY to subscribe or join or whatever they call it. Please. Give them their $125 and help take this thing to a new level — and get all the sessions included with that one registration fee. For Pete’s sake. I (Doug) learned $125 worth of stuff in one single workshop alone, designed for CEOs of mission orgs, helping them learn how to raise funds. That alone would be worth $125. Help encourage this kind of excellence.

We salute you, Missio Nexus. Thanks for a tremendous job well done.

11) The One Easy Next Thing You Could Do: Ask a Friend to Join Brigada

The single most powerful force for expanding Brigada into the future is you. Your simple post on your org’s intranet. Your email to your staff. Your message to the pastors and missions committee at your church. Your decision to include a note in your church or organization newsletter. And it’s simple — and it’s free of charge. They never get spammed. We never sell their mailing list — to anybody. We don’t run ads on our website. We never exchange or share information with anyone anywhere. We don’t even give these addresses to the very organization that we lead. This thing… this Brigada thing… has been going since January 1995. We are so grateful for the trust you’ve invested in us. And we take that trust very seriously. Please ask a friend today. Sign up. Subscribe. Please. Let’s grow this deal.

Just tell them… Go to www.brigada.org and plug your email address into the box, upper right, then hit “sign up.” That’s it. It takes 15 seconds or less. One email a week — that could change nations. Sign up today. Thank you for your partnership.

12) Join Others in Praying for the Tai Dam People of Southeast Asia

Wow. These folks who are raising up prayer for the Tai Dam know how to put together a prayer campaign. Take a look at their powerful visuals…

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a40e4b9b221df3bfc5a97e27c/files/d81fabd9-0b01-471c-95c0-35dd91640736/Unceasing_Prayer_for_the_Tai_Dam_2018_Guide.pdf?ct=t(Thank_you_July_TD_Newsletter8_6_2017_COPY_01)

Never mind that the link is long. (Most people hide the links, but in Brigada, we believe in showing you exactly where you’re going.)

You could run this at your church — a 5-day prayer campaign. In just one week. you could make a difference among the Tai Dam. And what’s more, by taking a look at this campaign, you might pick up some ideas for the campaign that YOU hope to stage. Well done Tai Dam prayer network! (Thanks for the tip, Betty!)

13) We’re Grateful For…

…a $100 gift from long-time friends who love the Farsi people and want to see as many of them as possible in white robes on that final Day. God bless you!

…a $100 blessing given by an anonymous donor. God bless you!

…a $50 gift from a donor who believes in the ministry potential of…

http://www.smallchurchbigdeal.com

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14) The Last Bit: Response to Radius International’s Article on DMM

A few weeks ago, we mentioned an article we had come across regarding disciple-making movements. As several readers pointed out, the article isn’t really a guide. Rather, it’s a bit of a rebuke. We set about to gather input from those who implement disciple-making movement strategies. And we have seriously gathered some great input. (Thanks to all those who have participated!) Today we’ll share just one response. This input comes from the lead trainer at Send International. He said that Send International had previously been recommending Radius International to their new recruits. However, he expressed real concern about whether or not they should continue to do so, based on the kind of thinking that went into this article. So for this week’s “Last Bit,” we are simply asking that you check out Ken Guenther’s response at…

http://www.brigada.org/response-to-radius

You can also download a PDF of the article at…

http://www.brigada.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/response_to_radius.pdf

Thank you, Ken, for your sincere and heart-felt response! If you know someone at Radius International, please feel free to let them know about this response.

15) Closing Stuff

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