You’ve probably been following the Fruitful Practice Research in partnership with GMI. Now, through this book, you can investigate 7 True Narratives of the birth of the church among Muslim communities. As you read these gripping stories, there are questions for reflection and relevant fruitful practices highlighted. Beyond these the final chapter will introduce you to all the fruitful practices gleaned from over 10 years of field based research. It’s available in paper back and e-versions. You can also get it as a bundle with Where There Was No Church.
How is the Great Commission essential for making sense of our world? Are ministries of mercy part of the church’s global mission? These are just two of many questions born out of authentic and passionate conversations between church planter Jake Taube and students serving on short-term mission trips in underground Chinese churches.
In “Send Me, I’ll Go,” Jake Taube analyzes current mission trends and challenges potential disciple-makers to personalize the decision to spread the message of salvation. With boldness and without apology, this book examines the call of the Great Commission and offers a vision for western Christians to live, uncompromisingly and sacrificially, the responsibility of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world’s unreached people groups. Check it out today:
Jesus was born in the middle of a region that is today dominated by a religion which disavows his divinity. How in the world did this happen? Now you can know the truth. Get the book, “The Lost History of Christianity,” by Philip Jenkins.
It tells the story of the Eastern church that was larger than both Rome
and Byzantium combined. Many mid-Asia Countries were Christian or
predominantly so. In a fascinating panorama, Jenkins explains that the church began to be seen as politically affiliated. So the church that was once persecuted became so powerful that a region began to fear that it would become like a super-power. Yikes. There have to be some lessons here somewhere. Get the book. Let’s learn the lessons — and change the world for good. (Thanks Ted!)
Just seems like Max Lucado has his finger on the church’s pulse. He knows what to write about and when to release it. Like his new book, “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café.” It just might help you imagine launching an internet café that makes a difference in people’s lives. Highly recommended. Find it at Amazon here..
Do you work with children at risk or in crisis? Crisis Care Training International (CCTI) will be hosting the seminar, Trauma and Crisis Care, written by Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn. This seminar addresses children-in-crisis trauma resulting from street life, sexual exploitation, war, abandonment, abuse, bullying, and suicide, and offers practical and effective intervention strategies. The seminar will be held in Orlando Florida April 8-11, 2015.
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Want to publish a book? It just got easier. In January 2014, Eddie launched a publishing company. They published 36 books the first year. And now they have an offer to missionaries, of which, the publisher’s father was one. This is 50% of his standard price, which is approximately 50% of what other companies are charging. What’s more, I don’t know of any other service which does what they do. They design the cover and interior, provide the ISBN and bar code. The author of the book owns the copyright. They publish books in paperback, hard cover, eBook and audio book. They include ebook postings on 1,000+ online sites like Kindle and Nook. And with Spring Arbor and their other distributors, the books are distributed to more than 200,000 online and offline bookstores. Check them out and let us know how they do.
Are you working in the Muslim world and striving to see churches planted? GMI’s latest resource is designed to provide encouragement and insight into the fruitful practices that are seeing amazing results throughout the Muslim world. Five years ago, Christians serving in Muslim lands told their stories of challenge and change in the acclaimed Where There Was No Church. Now, devoted workers provide even more detailed dispatches, stories of praise and imprisonment, and portraits of the spread of the Christian movement, including a growing church in the shadow of a mosque. Where There Is Now A Church features questions for reflection and discussion as well as a detailed description of the best outreach practices as determined through input from hundreds of church planters surveyed by Fruitful Practice Research.
“What Missionaries Ought to Know…: A Handbook for Life and Service” has been revised and expanded so that the e-book now has 69 chapters in its 430 pages. If you have an old edition with fewer than 69 chapters, you can download a copy of the new 2015 edition FREE. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. Find it at…
Want to learn from a church-planting movement (CPM) guru? (By the way, CPM is only ONE of the ways to refer to the concept. You might also call it a church-multiplication movement (CMM), Disciple-making Movement (DMM), and a dozen other choices of alphabet soup. For a long time, our org had settled on CPM as our favorite acronym/moniker for this concept. However, there’s so much diversity among trainers these days, it sometimes boils down to which trainer has happened by most recently with the best stories! You’re always safe calling them CPM or CMM though.) ANYWAY, if you’d like to learn more, catch him on YouTube at…
or order the book, “Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery,” on Amazon at…
The CPM/CMM/DMM concept is getting so much play these days that it’s hard to imagine ever going back (to the traditional church-planting model). If you haven’t given these principles a listen, at least get exposed to the general concepts. If you’ve already tried them, feel free to give your testimony (pro or con) by clicking “Comment” immediately following the web version of this item. And thank you, in advance, for taking time to respond.
We’re excited about the new resource by Global Mapping International (GMI) called “Seeing Your World.” It delves into 10 different spheres: Urbanization, Women and Children, Migration, Challenges to Human Development, Communications technology, Languages, Human Traficking, Literacy, Orality and Education, Religon: Growth of Islam and “nones”
(nonreligous), Religon: Christian Trends, Growth, Funding, Workers and Persecution. In each section, working from the best available data, author Andy Butcher teams up with Christian leaders from around the world to explain the huge shifts in each of these 10 areas and how those shifts are forcing global workers to rethink the ways they minister in Jesus’ name. Learn more (and/or buy) at…
And yes — it’s available as an ebook.
It was reported to be well worth the price of admission (granted: $10 for an ebook is kind of stiff).
I know. Hard to believer, right? But that’s exactly what they offer at…
On a particular day, they’ll draw attention to a real, mainline Christian book for sale on Amazon or somewhere else. I’ll make up my mind to go there later… and I’ll go back the next day, and the book will now cost $8 or $15 or whatever. So it’s a for-real marketing approach that wants to keep you coming back daily. And if you’re a reader, it will work! :-)
Check out Steve Ogne’s new book (with help from Tim Roehl) on Transformissional Coaching:
Sounds good. It’s apparently a holistic approach. “Unlike business coaching models that are only concerned with productivity or results, TransforMissional coaching engages the whole leader in transformation. Steve and Tim suggest that coaches transform leaders by helping leaders clarify calling, cultivate character, create community and connect with culture.” That’s a whole lot of C’s. Your thoughts?
Western theology emphasizes forgiveness of sins, but people in the Majority World covet honor or spiritual power. In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel for all cultures. The 3D Gospel is a concise, practical book explaining the world’s three primary culture types, and how Christians can fruitfully minister cross-culturally. Is your gospel 3D?
Jayson lived in Central Asia for 9 years, and is a missiologist of honor-shame cultures. Purchase for $3.99, at:
Jayson will give you The 3D Gospel (.pdf) for free, if you are teaching on how Christ saves us from guilt, shame, and fear (any venue: sermon, training, webinar, blog series, etc.). Just email
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: