6) Too Few Ministries Leverage this Device

Everyone has a mobile phone and this offers an amazing opportunity for Kingdom advancement. “Using Mobile Phones in Missions,” is a 5-week online course in mobile ministry basics. Instructor Keith Williams is the director of Mobile Advance and has assisted in implementing mobile ministry initiatives in more than 35 countries. Learn more and register here: 

2) Free Missions video series entitled Pathways to Global Understanding

Pathways, a Phoenix, Arizona based missions organization, just completed a series of 12 missions videos to help Christ followers discover their part in God’s Global Story. The curriculum is designed for use in small groups, classes or personal study. The videos are available free on line at…


It looks really good. If you have participated or your group has already taken part, please click a comment and share your testimony. Thanks to those who took part — people like Jon Hardin, Meg Crossman, and many others — in making it! Pathways to Global Understanding is available to you at no charge because the people who prepared it want you to know the lessons contained in it. Meet all the speakers at…


Learn more about the people who produced it at…


(Thanks to several who tipped us off on this, including Tim!)

11) Zúme Course Rolls out in Ninth Language: Telugu

Know anyone who speaks Telugu? It’s the third-most widely-spoken language of the Indian subcontinent (after Hindi and Bengali). It dominates Andhra Pradesh. And now it’s one of nine languages already available for Zúme, the web-driven course and in-life experience that helps you be a disciple worth reproducing. It also helps you learn how to make and multiply other disciples around you and around the world. To see Telugu (and all the other languages available so far), just click to…


then click the drop-down arrow upper right (it probably defaults to English). Choose a language from that list that you recognize. If you don’t recognize any just yet, just hang around for a while. The development team at Zúme will be rolling out 31 others over the next year. And the wild thing is — Zúme is available to you free of charge because of the kindness of lots of donors who believe in the Great Commission.

11) Canada Formally to Launch Zúme Training Initiative

If you live in Canada (or know someone who does), don’t miss the kick-off for Zúme there, April 7, 3pm. Zúme Training is an on-line and in-life learning experience designed for small groups who follow Jesus to learn how to obey His Great Commission and make disciples who multiply. The official kick-off service will take place at Rexdale Alliance Church, 2459 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M9W 3X9. The entire event will be live-streamed as well. Organizers will introduce the training. They will also be looking for people whom God is raising up to help lead the Zúme project in Canada. Speakers will include Andy Smith, Jonathan and Corinna McMurray, Doug Lucas, and others. Learn more about Zúme at…

13) Zúme Online Web Training Will be in 40 Languages

It’s kind of amazing. By the time they’re done with phase 1, Zúme training (an online and in-life, web-driven experience designed to help a believer learn how to make and multiply disciples, leaders, churches, and movements) will be translated into Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi (Eastern), Panjabi (Western), Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. You can always see the latest progress by visiting:


These 40 languages are the first languages of over 5 billion people. And guess what: All 40 languages are now funded, along with an app that will make it possible for you to show the video in any of those 40 languages on- and off-line! Learn more at…

2) Course on Using New Media to Engage the Unreached

“This course helped my team and me develop our digital media strategy by looking at how people make meaningful faith decisions and ways our websites and social media can encourage that.”

Sign your team up for this mentored online course, offered through Mission Media U, that runs from February 14 to March 14. Group discounts are available.


4) Want to Sharpen Your Interpersonal Skills? Take the Class

Perhaps you were aware that there’s a course on that (Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills). Trainers have found that this skill is best learned in the context of a group in this intensive format. Learn more about the course here…


See all the locations where this course is being offered by browsing to…


Note especially the courses in Orlando (beginning March 31st) and Dallas (beginning Oct. 17), but there are courses happening throughout the year literally all over the world. (Thanks Carol!)


5) Free 30-Day Mini-Course: "Intro to Biological Agriculture"

If you’re looking for a way to optimize your soil — or if you’d like to utilize this approach with the unreached people group you’re trying to reach — get started today with this 30-Day Mini-Course that is completely free of charge. You’ll follow a sequence of emails over the 30 days that will expand your mind and enlarge your soil possibilities! Give it a try. You can always unsubscribe at any time.


If you find that you like the material, you might enjoy other offerings at…


which seeks to help you learn to make better soil, grow better crops, and, in general, steward the land more effectively on behalf of the creator.


10) Nations Course 2019 in Chiang Mai and Rotterdam

Last year’s participants said: “The Course shed light on the areas that were dark for me and through this course I got the last piece of my armor in place.” Another wrote, “I do not know how any missionary can do without it! Most helpful course I have ever attended.” The Nations Course is a six-week cross-cultural intensive. It exists to prepare people for effective cross-cultural ministry, and equip them to make disciples among least reached people groups. Organizers want to promote an ethos of life-long learning. Cross Cultural ministry is one of the most misunderstood ministries/occupations on the planet. Course leaders wish to avoid the mistakes of the past by providing experienced trainers, who will open people’s eyes to new ways of thinking, acting, and feeling when approaching different cultures. Learn more and sign up at…


3) The Nations Course

Starting in June 2018, the six week Nations Course is designed to equip missionaries for effective ministry, whether new or seasoned field workers. A cross-cultural experience in itself, the course is held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with students from many different cultures around the world. Testimonies and details are provided at:

Space is limited. Sign up today.

1) We’re About to Stage an Xplore Course; Any Tips?

xploreSeveral of us here in Louisville, Kentucky are about to stage an Xplore course on Jan. 31st. We’re using the new edition, directly from the Center for Mission Mobilization ($6.99), at…

Anyone have any tips about presenting this course? We’re hoping to do the entire course in a day. We’ve purchased the domain at…

We also hope to video the course and offer it as a distance learning option afterward. If you have any experience with the course or tips, we’d love to hear.

6) Cross-Cultural Missions Course: Great for Several Audiences/Reasons

courseThis Fundamentals for Cross-Cultural Missions course is centered around 15-25 minute videos on topics such as Biblical basis for missions, culture shock, cross-cultural communication, spiritual preparation, and safety and security overseas. Each video comes with a downloadable handout for help in your preparation. These videos are designed for short-termers and faith-based organization team members and could also be helpful for someone moving overseas. Equipped To Go is offering a 50% discount to Brigada readers on the Full-Course (only) which gives you access to all 5 videos for 6 weeks. It’s a perfect way to train your short-term team or do a missions class at your church. At checkout, just use coupon code: brigada

Before we recommended this course to you, Equipped To Go let us take a peek at what they had put together. I can tell you personally that these videos are professionally produced with two-camera shoots. If you need an online solution for training your short-term team and you’d like something off the shelf and ready to roll, this is a great choice to consider.

(Thanks to Debbie and the team at Equipped to Go for making this available specifically to Brigada readers!)

9) Learn How To Use Mobile Technology for Your Ministry

mobile websiteThe Mobile Ministry Training Course has been revised. Now, 3 two-week online modules introduce ministry opportunities using mobile devices. You can work at your own pace and do not have to be online at a particular time. By 2015, the majority of all Internet access will be through mobile devices. This presents a unique, two-way communication channel to use for Kingdom advancement. The next course begins February 10 and the cost is $55. Each week contains both theoretical and practical elements. The only requirements: an Internet connection, a computer, and a mobile phone (smart-phone or feature phone). This opportunity is offered through Mobile Ministry Forum and course information can be found at:

3) If you Love Developing Media and Want to Help Unreached Peoples…

filmakingConsider participating in an upcoming Frontier Filmmaking Seminar (FFS). They’re currently accepting applications for a training program scheduled for April 19 to May 23, 2015. This five-week seminar is designed to give you an experience of what it is like to be a production assistant on a cross-cultural film crew producing a dramatic evangelistic film for an unreached mega (1 million or more) people group on the 20/20 Vision list in India. They cover basic training in a variety of filmmaking disciplines and expose you to the unique cross-cultural methods they use to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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