Need a Christmas gift that will bless your ministry donors, grow their heart for the world, and expand their vision for how God is at work? From New Tribes Mission’s Jim Jobe and the Center for Mission Mobilization comes “Hudson on A Mission,” an illustrated children’s book that provides a peek into an unreached tribal culture. Using animal characters, Hudson on A Mission introduces one model of church planting and multiplication from a child’s viewpoint. Includes discussion questions. It’s a wonderful resource to put into the hands of ministry partners, parents, and children’s workers at your local church. Books are $4 each with a purchase of 10 or more. Use coupon code: HUDSONCHRISTMAS when ordering. Preview and purchase the book here:
Nathan and Kari Shank have done a superb job in their new revision of “Four Fields of Kingdom Growth: Starting and Releasing Healthy Churches.” In these 155 pages, the Shanks not only describe the model of the Four Fields, but also touch on just about every other metaphor in church planting movements (CPM’s). This is more than a book: It’s a manual. It’s more than a guide: It’s a programmed learning tool. You can take this book… and ten days studying it… and perhaps do more to revolutionize your ministry than any other tool outside of the Bible. These authors could have copyrighted this work and sold it to make themselves a handsome income. Instead — they released it to the world. Why? Because, I think, they knew that they really don’t own it: God does. And by releasing it, everybody wins — especially people who are missing from the Kingdom.
So don’t walk. Run. Grab this book. And let’s memorize it. More importantly — let’s implement it.
Best I can tell, Nathan’s “home” on the web is here:
You can find their book here, free for downloading:
Here’s a new book by Larry Maxwell, “More Than 500 Proven Ways to Reduce Expenses.” It is jam-packed with common sense based on biblical principles. Find it at…
in either paper or Kindle version.
The 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…
Now you can sign up to receive a free book, “Reconsider Poverty,” at this website….
This ebook is derived from When Helping Hurts. It definitely looks worth the read!
Interested in sending missionaries or going to them yourself? Study…
You can get your small group or church involved, then choose to go later if you feel called. Either way, it’s a great resource to help you get started.
Werner 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.
Peter 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!)
An 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:
That’s the dare from the book by Rob Rienow…
Figure out your family’s purpose. Learn how to frame up your family using the Bible and build a legacy for tomorrow.
The author suggests, “The early church was a prayer meeting.” Using the book of Acts, this book looks at the role of prayer in the early church and how through prayer and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, this praying church changed the world forever.
Now 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!)
Dr. 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
In 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)
After 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:
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!