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:
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!)