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7) Verge Missional Community Conference

vergeLearn from pioneers and practitioners of gospel-centered missional community, Feb. 4-6, 2010 in Austin, TX. This meeting is for pastors, church-planters, and those interested in the redemption and renewal of their community and city. Verge offers tools to build gospel movements in any environment. Speakers include Francis Chan, Hugh Halter, Alan Hirsch, David Garrison, Dave Gibbons, Jeff Vanderstelt, David Watson. Topics include: Counter Intuitive Movement Principles, Entrepreneurial Environments, Multi-ethnic Missional Community, Incarnational Evangelism in Pluralistic Society, Social Innovation Initiatives, and more. Space is limited. Early Bird and Group Specials offered.

4) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

corecoachingEmpowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. Join more than 300 leaders who have taken the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Can lead to ICF credentialing. Learn in-person and by telephone. Programs in 2010: Seattle January 11-15; Singapore April 5-10; Colorado Springs May 17-22; and Burgundy, France in September 12-17. Save US$450 by registering early. Go to

for details. Or email

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11) The Back Page: Windfall of Training Booklets

Whoa… This looks really good. Here are five practical training manuals which each offer 26 hours of instruction, sharing a vision for saturation church planting as well as practical principles and priorities for accomplishing local church plants. They’re designed for modular instruction in a working seminar format. The training schedule can be adapted for work/ministry realities of your trainees. The price? Free. Hard to believe? Check it out. See the overview at…

Get the digital copies theallianceat…

If you’ve been reading Brigada since 1995 and this is the only resource you’ve ever garnered, this one resource just might be worth it all. :-)

The same group also offers a mentoring guidebook at…
I have a note into the author… but the main organization there (the “alliance”) has long since shut down. Either way, the copyright release says this is, for the most part, free for use. Amazing materials. Thanks to all those who took part in writing them!!!

(Thanks for the tip, Paul!)

1) Keys to Church Planting Movements: An Interactive DVD Workshop

keystochurchplantingYWAM’s Church Planting Coaches, Brian, Joe, and Kevin, bring a collective 65 years of church planting experience in the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Urban, Tribal and Western Worlds to team teach this dynamic workshop designed to equip pioneer church planters. This 13 DVD set includes: 26 Keys taught in individual, non-sequential sessions. You get a Syllabus / note taking guide, 2 hours of learning activities per Key (skits, role plays, small group discussions, Bible studies), “Simple Church” experience, Practical tools for use on the field, and User Guide/Resource CD – all in a library case. It’s ideal for churches in any context, mission agencies, and church planters (pre-field orientation and on-field training). What’s more, here’s a Brigada Special Offer: Order now and you’ll receive two free books that enhance the training – “Keys to Church Planting Movements” by Kevin Sutter, and “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan. Get it on NTSC format $250 on  Find it at… 

For PAL format DVDs, additional students copies of Keys/Sheep books, or other questions contact:



Also, thanks to Asteroidea Books for pitching in $100 for boosting the item above to the front of the queue. (The item arrived on the 2nd of July and is being featured in the headliner spot just 3 days later.)

5) New Comprehensive Church Planting Book

discovering church plantingDiscovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting by J. D. Payne releases soon. This comprehensive introduction addresses the biblical, historical, and missiological principles of church planting, while challenging missionaries to focus on applying such principles to their contexts. Read the forward by Hesselgrave:

 You can pre-order it from Amazon….

6) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

Empowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, is a unique training for church multiplication leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Learn in-person and by telephone. There are courses in London in February; Seattle in March; and Burgundy, France in June; Melbourne in August; and Annapolis, MD in September. You can save US$450 by registering by registering early. Go to

for details. Or email

5) New And Unique Church Planting Book

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Characteristics of Church Planting Team Members was recently published by Missional Press. Author J. D. Payne, Director of the Church Planting Center at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, challenges missionaries across the globe to consider Barnabas as a model for healthy church planting teams. The Factors include: Walks with the Lord; Maintains an Outstanding Character; Serves the Local Church; Remains Faithful to the Call; Shares the Gospel; Regularly; Raises Up Leaders; Encourages with Speech and Actions; Responds Appropriately to Conflict. A guide is also provided to assist team leaders in evaluating potential team members. This work is available through Amazon.

5) Christian Light Foundation Provides Light For Philippines

We’re grateful to the work of CLF in Philippines, on the web at…

They give their all to provide child care, medivangelism, Bible Studies, church planting, film evangelism, and a tape lending library to the lovely people of the Philippines. Now, their partnership and vision have not only supplied the needs of people in the Pacific, but also on a global basis through their partnership with Brigada. Thank you!

7) Get Useful Ideas On Evangelism & Church Planting

Here’s a site where you can pick up useful ideas on what others are doing that maybe you can use or adapt to reach your world. It provides helpful links to resources, tools and information to assist in winning the world for Christ (mostly free or low cost). The Outreach Files is published by Beautiful Feet Task Force and edited by Australian pastor/evangelist Howard Sands. It provides sermon outlines, illustrations and quotes to assist preachers in raising their churches to the challenge of winning their world. It’s a must for every church and mission leader, evangelist and church planter. Archives and subscription at

For email subscription send an email to

Write “SUBSCRIBE” only in the email subject line (without the quotes)

7) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

Empowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. Introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Learn in-person and by telephone. They’re offering courses in Singapore October 13-17, 2008; Anaheim, California in November 10-14, 2008; and Burgundy, France in June 2009. Save US$450 by registering by registering early. Go to

for details. Or email

7) House2Harvest – Networking House/Simple Churches In Missions

On August 29-31, House2House ministries will be hosting their yearly National House Church Conference in Dallas, TX.(See

for more information) The theme this year is House2Harvest. There will be several tracks of interest. Brigada readers might be interested in the Missions Track focusing on reaching the unreached. There will also be a “roundtable discussion” following the conference on Sunday (31st) afternoon at 3:00 pm. This roundtable will be the launch of a new ministry established to serve house/simple church networks. There is valuable dialogue regarding the development of this new network at

This dialogue will lay the foundation for the roundtable and beyond. For more information email Don at dratgoasianetworkdotorg

6) Harvest Multiplication Training

It’s slated for 6-17 October, ’08, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Harvest Multiplication Training course, also known as Strategy Coordinator course, will train you to look at a whole people group, 4K zone or city and equip you to answer the question: “What actually needs to be done for *all* of this people group, 4K Zone or city to have access to the Gospel and have multiple Church Planting Movements (CPMs) among them?” This course is not a series of lectures to endure, rather a learning environment where you can interact in response to material and case studies presented, develop plans and run with the vision the Lord is giving you to reach the lost. You will be equipped to “Move from Vision to Harvest and from Mobilization to Implementation”. This training is suitable for: new Strategy Coordinators (SCs), trainers, regional and area leaders, people engaging 4K Omega Zones, existing Strategy Coordinators, anyone focusing on large population segments and needing tools to focus on reaching the lost. For more info email

The organizers strongly encourage couples, if applicable, to attend the training together.


The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by field internship opportunities to apply what you have learned. The purpose of the SOFM is to give the candidates the most essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. As students grow in their understanding of missions and God’s heart for the lost, the organizers desire that a commitment to reach those who have never heard the Good News will deepen. School starting dates: August, 2008 For more information please contact Jose at Sofmcmthai (at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the addresses back onto one line.] Or check out the website at


Chapin Living Waters exists to help poor people in third world countries grow vegetables when there is insufficient rain. They serve development groups, relief organizations, and mission groups working with people in third world countries. Their “Bucket Kits”, consisting of 100 feet of drip hose, fittings and connecting tubing, are ideal for poor families in communities where running water and pumps are not available. The family connects the kit to a 5-gallon bucket elevated at least 1 meter above the ground, and fills the bucket with water twice daily. This simple, inexpensive, gravity fed system will provide enough moisture for a vegetable garden large enough to feed a small family during periods when there is absolutely no rainfall. If you are a pastor, missionary, or NGO, and you feel you can use this technology, please contact Dick to obtain a bucket kit to be used as a tool for outreach. Find them on the web at

or dial 315-788-0891 or email rchapinw(at) [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]


“Striking the Match: How God is Using Ordinary People to Change the World through Strategic Short-term Missions” by Missiologist, practitioner and Professor George G. Robinson, (D.Miss) is based on the premise that like a match, short-term missions must ignite something beyond themselves or they are a wasted resource. In an age when the concept of church planting movements is buzzing among mission sending agencies, this resource will help everyone involved in the process to discover how strategic short-term missions can be catalytic when used to assist long-term indigenous church planting efforts. Using quantitative, qualitative and case study research methods, Robinson unpacks how short-term teams have ignited evangelistic fervor and church planting vision helping nationals around the world to establish healthy, reproducing churches. Available now at

20070812 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY — Handpiece is a small, viral, ministry of short term dental mission trips where we train nationals in primary dental care. Mike, the dentist behind this ministry, has three grown children who are not dentists. Mike’s children have other gifts, talents, and training, that would be valuable in missions. Should Mike continue to do dental discipleship with other like-minded, like-trained dentists, or should he give thought to coordinating his efforts with the mission interests of his children? If you have heard of fruitful mission work that cross generational lines within the same family, I’d be very interested to hear about it. Sadly I have heard more stories of missionary parents “abandoning” their children for their mission. What is the balance here? To add your comment, click to:

    Just click on “Add Comment” to brainstorm with “Mike” in the item above.

  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Check out upcoming training dates and additional information at

    or email Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org

  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS — This new booklet describes in 24 pages the inspiring life and work of a missionary leader in Chennai, India. Stephen Thankappa has served the people in slums successfully and fruitfully for 20 years. Edited by Dr Ms Masilamoni, and written and published by Mr Sam Arackal and Dr Daniel Sathiaraj. The cost (a donation) for 3 copies is just $10 (postage free). Sathiaraj can be reached at dsathiaraj(at)gmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Disclaimer: Dr. Sathiaraj offered in an unsolicited email to send a follow-up gift to Brigada, according to how many booklets were distributed.)

  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — The Church Planting Institute of Japan (CPI) will be sponsoring “CPI Onward the Japan 2007 National Conference to be held November 6-9 in Hakone near Tokyo. The theme of this bilingual (Eng & Jpn) national conference is “Fellow Workers for the Kingdom of God: Advancing church planting movements through Kingdom partnerships.” This conference is for pastors, church planters, evangelists, tentmakers working to establish church planting multiplication among the unreached people of Japan and among Japanese worldwide. Also at each conference there are several leaders from other countries wanting to learn about CPI and how it can work in their countries. The emphasis of each of these conferences is gospel renewal and church multiplication. The conference contains complete training on church planting with 16 modules taught by over 12 training teams in Japanese and in English. This is the largest interdenominational (over 120 agencies) church planting conference in Japan. Information and registration for this conference is at


    or email with your specific questions to JCPI2007(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO — While traveling through Hereroland recently, this anonymous Brigada participant remembered, “We met several people at a store in a small town called Okondjatu. After carrying on a light conversation, we began to share with them about the Lord and His plan for all of our lives. Several of the people left, but others stayed and listened. One woman seemed to be particularly interested in what we were saying. After talking with her for a while, she was asked if she would like to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said she would like that very much but that she had been drinking that day and felt that she could not make such an important decision while drunk. We continued to talk with her and though she was heartbroken she felt she could not do such a big thing in her condition and we agreed. She wanted the group to come back the next day. How we wished we could have, but we had to leave. We talked to a local believer and asked her to follow up with the lady the next day. Please be in prayer for this lady in Okondjatu. Pray that the local believer followed up with her. Pray that the decision is still important to her in a sober condition. Pray for the Herero people, many of who have succumbed to the influence of alcohol. Pray for workers among these Forgotten People. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’ll never know ’til you ask. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click “Donate“.

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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