CPM

1) Free Cases of Mission Frontiers on Starting Movements

MF-Mar-Apr_2014-CoverThe upcoming Mar/Apr Mission Frontiers features five case studies of sending-base churches applying biblical movement principles to equip their members as “church-planting” missionaries to their families, relational networks and communities. This is a huge step in equipping and engaging local church members in evangelism, discipleship and church-planting, in reaching the internationals in our midst, and in preparing future missionaries to the unreached.

For those who would like to help get these into the hands of pastors and Christian leaders, a generous donor has arranged to offer 60 free cases shipped from the printer in late February to U.S. addresses (100 copies per case=a $400 value). Any surplus will be available mid-March, shipped in boxes of 60.

Preview the issue at

http://NPL2025.org/pub/2016_MA_MF_Preview.pdf

Reserve your quantity at

http://www.noplaceleft2025.org/reserve-2016-mf

3) Have a BA Degree? Get TESOL and Missions training for Asia

cpxAll Nations Family mission agency has partnered with 10 universities in Asia to provide teachers. They also offer a missions bootcamp called Church Planting Experience (CPx) in Kansas City June 5-24 which ramps up to departing for Asia in August. Also, Online TESOL training is available for those without teaching experience for $250 and CPx costs $1500 (includes housing). Families encouraged to bring their children to CPx. Learn more at…

http://allnations.us/train-and-go/church-planting-experience-cpx/cpx-faqs/

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…

http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/

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

http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=135:rad-rapidly-advancing-disciples&catid=36:the-big-picture&Itemid=78

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.

1) Experience T4T in Spain this Summer

T4TYou have read about the T4T model of Church Planting Movements in Mission Frontiers and here in Brigada. Come to Spain this summer for a mentored experience among North African immigrants. This will not only bless the nations you’ll be working among, it will give you the skills and experience to lead others in developing a Church Planting Movement in your own context. Two sessions are available: June 23 to July 2nd, and/or July 24 to Aug 2nd. The agenda is outlined here:

http://gemission.org/serve/madrid-spain-short-term-mission-trip

For more information, contact Robby
RobbydotButlerattheMissionNetworkdotorg

If you’re interested, better respond by April 16th. This trip will fill fast.

14) The BackPage: Feedback from the Field

Visiting the field helps keep one fresh and “plugged-in” to the issues affecting our global workers. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling through Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Here are three sample issues I’ve picked up on. Are these affecting your field too? What’s your take on them?

*** Living in an age of political uncertainty — It’s always been dicey out there in certain fields. However, since the terrorist bombings in Kenya and the attacks on 9/11, since Afghanistan and Iraq, and since the so-called Arab Awakenings, …is it my imagination, or are we living in a time more unstable, politically and economically, and ever before? This creates added stress for cross-cultural workers, who already had more stress than they needed just dealing with language, culture, and strategy.

*** Will community transformational ministries speed up or slow down the establishment of strong church-planting movements (CPM’s) — In the CPM’s that Garrison studied, he concluded that they seemed to swirl around the “10 universals” that he discovered. (Read more at…

http://simplechurchathome.com/PDF&PowerPoint/ChurchPlantingMovements.pdf )

At one point, he even went so far as to say that the movements that he studied didn’t result from community projects. Do you have any experience with CPM’s that DID come about by transformational service projects?

*** Paying nationals — Is it my imagination, or are more and more churches (in missionary sending lands) wanting to support the work of nationals from other countries rather than sending out members of their own homeland? In their zeal to do so, are they sometimes resorting to the equivalent of paying the salaries of national pastors and, if so, is this bad strategy for growing the indigenous church?

We appreciate your feedback and input on these issues. If you have an opinion, please click “Comment” in the online (web) version of Brigada and tell us what you think. You can always do so anonymously if you choose. Thanks in advance for participating!

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