1) Get the Global Gospel Book at Pre-publishing Prices

bookThe author of an important new book is eager to get it into the hands of missionaries and their donors by boosting the first print run and sharing the savings. So he has agreed to this pre-publication discount on cases reserved by missionaries during October:

- A 60% discount ($360 off each case of 24).
– AND free shipping.
– AND a $20 referral for each case sold.

So your missionary friends can save $360/case, and you can earn $20. Check out this offer and email it to missionaries you think would be interested.

The book is The Global Gospel…

The deal is described at…

1) Christmas Gifts and Breakthrough Insights


the global gospelWerner Mischke’s blockbuster book “The Global Gospel” is about to go to press, and Brigada friend Robby has arranged a 60%(!!!) case discount for those vocationally involved in the global mission effort, PLUS a $20 commission on all referrals. (If you buy a case and mention Robby or his ministry, Brigada gets $20. If someone buys and mentions you, you get $20, etc.)

This deluxe hard-back could be a great Christmas gift for your donors!

* Grab this deal to save $360 off retail (AND Brigada gets $20)!
* Refer this deal to a qualified buyer and earn $20 for yourself.
* Share the insights with leaders and missionaries to enhance their ministry.

Here’s the thesis: Individualistic Westerners don’t naturally grasp the honor/shame dynamics inherent in collectivistic societies (including those in which the Bible was written). This has led unwittingly to a blind spot in Western theology. As a result most evangelism limits gospel presentations to the language of sin and guilt. This in turn puts a glass ceiling on the gospel’s reception in many cultures, and on our own understanding of the gospel’s richness.

The deal:

The book:

4) Is your Church or Org Experiencing Mission Drift?

mission driftPeter Greer and Chris Horst seek to help faith-based organizations make sure they do not drift from their founding mission; in other words, make sure they stay Mission True (the authors use that term a lot). The authors give examples (sort of case studies) of orgs, schools, etc. that they say have drifted – Harvard, ChildFund and the Y – and others that have remained true, i.e. World Relief, Compassion, Taylor University, etc.). There is a survey to determine whether or not your org is drifting in intentionality, clarity, guidelines, suggestions to help the org remain Mission True, I.e. knowing why you exist, developing true leadership within the org from the board down, measuring what matters (it’s not always growth or money that should be the measure of success), maintaining the right culture, and (get this!) recognizing that the local church anchors a thriving mission. In conclusion, the authors wonder what would have happened if these orgs that drifted would have remained Mission True, which, in essence is standing firm on the Truth of the Gospel and not wavering from the initial purpose of sharing it, being committed to Christ above all, not hiring for technical competency alone, never soft-pedaling Christian identity. Check it out at…

(Thanks for this book review, Betty!)

4) Pre Mission Trip Devotional Now In Spanish

spanish missionAn effective pre mission trip devotional adopted by many ministries and churches has been “Before You Go” by former YWAM’er and Pastor Jack Hempfling. For ministries and churches working in Latin America, it has now been translated into Spanish. A few minutes a day in the presence of the Lord is where a heart is prepared for the cross cultural challenges that only God knows are coming your way (Team unity, servant attitudes, pride, humility towards the culture, and many more).

The “Before You Go” Spanish version, “Antes de Ir,” is for those whom God is sending from Latin America to the nations. Check it out at…

You can also email the publisher, Randy Johnson, for a quote on ministry bulk orders:
For other questions, email the author:

12) New Book will Prepare you Spiritually for Mission

spiritually equipping for missionNow you can make sure you are transformed spiritually as you seek to transform communities globally. Ryan Shaw’s book, “Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers,” becomes available literally this week in print or e-book. It’s published by IVP and is available here:

(Thanks for the tip, Millard!)

7) New Edition of “Missions: Biblical Foundations”

missions bookDr. Gailyn Van Rheenen, Executive Director of Mission Alive, has just completed the 2nd edition of Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies now available through Zondervan/Harper Collins. This 2nd edition is much more complete with eight new chapters and the other chapters are updated/refined. The Missions text has traditionally been used as a handbook for Missions for those going to the field. Find it on Amazon at

11) Good Reading about the Church in Missions

booksIn a recent inquiry in Brigada, we asked for additional resources for local churches who were ramping up their involvement in missions. The comments yielded a virtual treasure trove of next step resources. Thanks to all those who took time to respond. Here are a few examples:

Tradecraft, by Crider, McCrary and the Upstream Collective team

Becoming Global by Bruce Dipple (SMBC Press). To order, (VISA & Mastercard accepted), phone Australia +1(02) 9747 4780, or Fax Australia, +1(02) 9747 5053, or mail: SMBC Press, PO Box 83, Croydon NSW 2132, Australia. Cost is A$15 plus postage.

When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner (B & H Publishing)

A Task Unfinished By Michael Griffiths (MARC publishing)

Antioch Revisited by Tom Julien (BMH books)

8) MissionSmart: Worth Another Look

mission smartAfter a flurry of mentions in recent editions of Brigada, I have to admit — I now have three new books on my desktop. I’m looking forward to reading, “MissionSmart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas.” After mentioning this book in a recent Brigada item, one of our great friends, Marti, commented, “Recently read this myself, primarily looking for its strengths and weaknesses. Have noticed that several of the “how to become a missionary” books and resources out there reflect assumptions or biases that limit their usefulness. It’s hard to produce something that is concrete, practical and clear without becoming unduly prescriptive. But I thought he kept a good balance on that. Emphasis on the importance of not simply “sending” yourself but building a strong relationship with the church, getting relevant experience before you go, dealing with family and identity issues, etc.” Marti added that the “Book does assume we’re talking about Americans/Westerners going out as long-term career missionaries, but acknowledges a variety of roles and approaches. See the author talking about this book here:”

She closed by saying, “I have a hunch this book will find a greater audience with church mission leaders (who have seen a few people crash and burn) than with the candidates themselves (who have a stronger felt need for encouragement rather than cautionary tales).” I can’t wait to read it myself. You can order MissionSmart at:

9) Do you Think God Wants You to be a Missionary?

i think God wants me to be a missionaryThen check out the book by that title (“I Think That God Wants Me to be a Missionary”)…

A recent commenter from Emmaus Road International …

Mentioned that he had found the book very helpful. We agree and have actually taught workshops using material from it. Another job well done, Neal!

8) Get Original Version of “Send me!” as PDF — for free!

send me your journey to the nationsIn another response to last week’s item, “3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?,” Brigada participant David, of, pointed us to the fact that “Send me!” had been revised (how did we miss this? :-) ) and the original version is now available for free as a PDF. We found it at…

But it might be elsewhere as well. You can order the new version at…

11) Get Smart with “Mission Smart: Critical Questions” (the book)

mission smartWe’re still reaping additional rewards from the question on “what would you tell a new recruit.” David, of, recommended we check out “Mission Smart,” which you can find at …

Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process and offers fresh solutions for seeing less missionary attrition. It is for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agency staff. The goal is to send the right people who know their callings, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.

3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?

send me your journey to the nationsWith praise, I hope. But the specific question is — this past week, a global outreach staff person in a large local church emailed, asking for “some sort of resource/questionnaire/book to guide young minds and hearts that are considering overseas mission work. If a young person comes to you and says, “I think God might be calling me to Africa, what do you give them? What do you ask them? What do you tell them to do?” My shooting-from-the-hip response was to recommend the book, “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations.”

In this book, Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor outline a very thoughtful and intentional process for a recruit, perhaps in cooperation with the global outreach minister and the local church, can begin preparation well in advance of any actual departure date. But do you have other such resources you would have recommended? In particular, what if the prospective recruit is on the younger side? Maybe the “Send me” book is a bit too much for a very young recruit? Got a favorite? If so, please just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help!

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