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5) Gacx Forum Coming to San Diego, Oct. 8-10, 2014

partnerships in actionThe theme for the upcoming GACX Forum in San Diego will be “Partnerships in Action.” Participants will learn about the power, practice, and pitfalls of partnerships. To register, just click to…

Organizers are hoping to engage task groups in shaping the vision and practices of church planting movements, engaging the unengaged, tracking ministry progress, long-term discipleship & training, and mobilizing the global diaspora.

9) Come to the 2014 International GAP!

gap logo“Gap” is an Uzbek term for “a regular gathering held by a group of friends”. You can get more info and registration online at …

This particular GAP focuses on Church Planting — for Planters & Coaches, and it will take place Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, 2014 on the island of Malta. It will help experienced, front-line church-planters and
coaches committed to initiating and serving CP Movements among the
unreached, regardless of where they are on the timeline. Learn more at …

4) Treasure-trove of Resources about Church-planting Movements

Are you into CPM’s — or desire to be? Then be sure to stop and see…

The wealth of resources there blows me away. For example, there’s a “RAD” booklet at…

It alone is worth the cost of admission. (Which, by the way, is zero.) There’s a concise version and a full version that is a couple of hundred pages, sufficient to tell you what to say on week by week talks at a new house church movement. Can’t wait to try these out.

9) Remember: Scoggins “Phases” and His Books are Golden

Every once and awhile, I have to remind myself to go check out Dick Scoggins’ “8 Phases of Church-Planting.” See the summary here…

With more details available here…

He’s actually got a total treasure trove of other resources there on his site, so click around until you get the big picture. I guess, most recently, he isn’t publishing his “Phases” in the PDF form, with granular detail like he did before. In some ways, that might be a loss — but I’m just GUESSING that someone told him “it never really happens sequentially like that,” and maybe by publishing it in detail, sequentially, some people were loading up with false expectations? That’s the only reason I can figure — because it was a great resource as a downloadable PDF. Just in case you missed downloading them back when they were previously available :-) , here’s a copy we’ve archived for your viewing (and church-planting) pleasure:

4) Your Thoughts on “Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to hear about this stuff. Can someone comment as to how effective (and sensitive) this book by Mike Shipman is? Suddenly, this week, I’m blitzed from 3 different directions about it. Apparently it has been quite effective with Muslims in Asia? Here’s a piece about it…

Anyone have any personal experience with this approach?

14) The BackPage: Wholistic Church-Planting

Lately, I’ve been fearing that, in our reawakening to transformational development, we’ll place a lower priority on church-planting. My own personal feeling is that we should be like Jesus, who cared for physical needs AND spiritual needs. He understood the importance of healing people, but he also made it clear that he was “all in” about making disciples of all nations. If you’ve had a question about the biblical basis of Church Planting (or whether we should even still be focusing on it), would you glance through the presentation from my workshop last week at the International Wholistic Missions Conference in Phoenix, Arizona? (I used Prezi. If you’re not familiar with it, it’ll feel something like Powerpoint or Keynote only better. :-) ) Find it here…

My assignment was simple: show the biblical background for wholistic church-planting. If I left something out, please comment below. Or if you agree or disagree, please let me know. Thanks for your time and attention on this. It’s a highly-important topic. Feel free to comment anonymously if you prefer.

2) The Multiply Movement: Platt and Chan Singing our Song

As this Brigada goes to press, I’ve just heard a sneak-peak 3-hour presentation by David Platt, author of the hot best-seller, “Radical,” and Francis Chan, author of “Crazy Love.” These guys teamed up with others to produce this streamed internet “live broadcast” and it will go live again this Saturday, Nov. 10, from Chan’s church in San Francisco. In a nutshell, these guys are claiming that they’re tired of the status quo. They say they’re not willing to stop short of anything other than radical obedience to the Great Commission. Chan begins with a kind of public repentance for how long it has taken us to fulfill the Great Commission, the Platt preaches on Matt. 28: 19-20 (and it’s a fairly good sermon, as you can imagine). During the 15-minute break in the middle of the broadcast, I called a delegation of church members in northeastern Ohio who were kind enough to watch along with me. They were definitely moved and challenged by the material. But the best part of all is that Platt and Chan have given legs to the idea. They’ve prepared a 24-lesson discipleship course so that virtually ANYONE now has a concrete plan for bringing along a friend to the foot of the Cross and beyond. In Platt’s prayer at the end of the production, he shares his heart — that they won’t quit “Until all nations know…” They’re singing our song and, if you ask me, we should get on board and back the movement. Learn more — and tune in this Saturday no matter where you are in the world (if your internet is fast enough to support real-time streaming) at…


2) Get an Advanced Copy of Any3 Witnessing Tool

Any3 is a reproducible, highly effective model for witnessing in contexts hostile to Christianity. Originally developed by a team working with Muslims, it has been tested and refined in many contexts and become a standard part of the Training for Trainers (T4T) approach to launching Church Planting Movements. A full book on Any3 is just going to press for availability in early December, with a limited quantity from this printing available “at cost” ($5 plus shipping) to those who like promoting such books. To request a copy, email

RobbydotButlerattheMissionNetworkdotorg with a brief description of your “sphere of influence,” and how you would promote the book if you like it.

2) “Novel” Training in Multiplying Churches

George Patterson’s personal experience with the “Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches” inspired the PSP lesson of same title. Now George has produced “Come Quickly Dawn,” a novel/training manual that illustrates and teaches how to apply these principles in your local context. Buy 3 or more copies at 40% discount from

to start your own discussion group.

10) We’re Grateful for Those Who Spur us On —

Thanks for the anonymous friend who sent $75 this past week, with the sole request that we lift up the work of Mission to Unreached Peoples, a group that seeks to “help equip, send and stimulate a global collaboration to raise thousands of Church Planting Movement Strategy teams by sharing Vision and Resources with the global body of Christ.” Learn more at…

God bless you and your workers, MUP!

3) George Patterson’s New Book Teaches How to Start CPM’s —

David Garrison, author of Church Planting Movements, says this about George Patterson’s new book, “Come Quickly Dawn,” a unique training novel: “George Patterson is father and mentor to us all… a pioneer in church planting …through disciples around the world. He is once again pushing the envelope… This time Dr. Patterson has pioneered a new genre: the “training novel” …in riveting prose. Missionaries, pastors, church planters, and …adventurous Christians will be gripped… by this powerful blend of narrative and wisdom that unpacks the secrets of how God is… redeeming even the most calloused souls for Christ.” Get it from William Carey Library…

(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

7) Would you Want to Help Write Stories for a Church Planter? —

Miguel is a Bible teacher and church planter working in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Like other cross-cultural teachers, he struggles from time to time relating theological principles to people of other cultures. Miguel has come up with a plan that will hopefully communicate theological principles and ideas through story telling. The project is called “The Catechism by Story Project.” He is asking for help to compile a series of stories that explain each of the 107 points of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. He is looking for about 60-70 teachers/writers/storytellers who would be willing to take one of the points of the catechism and explain it through a short story that would be understood by people of multiple cultures. If you are interested, click to…

or email


5) Wow! Incredible Storehouse of Church-Planter Training Materials

I’m still trying to figure out how in the world these folks managed to produce all this material. See the nice English page at…

But see all the translations at …

I wrote Jay, the General Editor, and received a personal note granting permission to make these materials available to the entire Brigada audience. It’s an INCREDIBLE storehouse of knowledge, well-formatted and presented in over 30 languages! It was originally pulled together for Post Communist Eurasia, but there are great lessons to be learned here for lots of other cultures too. I wish I could make it clear just how much potential these materials have — if we just get them into the hands of the people who need them. Let’s do it!

4) Creative-access Church Planting Training with George Patterson —

All Nations will be offering training this summer for anyone interested in planting churches among unreached people groups in closed access countries. The training will feature several speakers, including a week with George Patterson, who planted over a hundred churches in Latin America. Training will be held in Kansas City, MO, and will last three weeks. Visit the website for more information, or call at 816-216-1353.

8) Pocket Guide to Church Planting in English and Chinese —

All Nations has recently published a tiny, truly pocket-sized practical guidebook of the basics of church planting. The Pocket Guide is available in English and Chinese. Its principles are responsible for the planting of over 800+ house churches of new believers, half of which have been planted in closed access countries, and almost all by local leaders. It is available for $1 plus minimal postage. Call 816-216-1353 or email


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