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5) What’s Your Take on BlessEveryHome and MappingCenter?

We’re guessing you’ve already seen…

 

blesseveryhome.com

 

and/or

 

mappingcenter.net

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting to know some of the people behind these sites. It’s actually rather amazing to see the deep-seated passion for Christ merged with tactical skill and vision. So what’s your take on what they’re creating? Can you imagine the day when we can take this kind of thing globally? Whoa. Give us your take. Can anyone see any possible downside in this? Can you briefly tell us a success story in using one of these tools at your church, outreach or org?

 

4) "Never a Cold Call:" The Importance of Prayer to Power What We Do

This past month, while traveling among 11 very unreached people groups in a Muslim West African nation, a couple of church leaders and I (Doug) studied a movement that is beginning to spread like wildfire across the plains. We met with some of the movement’s leaders to try to discover what’s powering it. One of them put it this way: Speaking of the power of prayer, he quipped, “We never have to make a cold call.” His point was simply this: By investing most of their time in prayer for their neighbors (both near and far), they are seeing God go before them in everything they do. One gentleman — we’ll call him Ibrahim — told a story about a man who recently knocked on his door, literally asking, “Can you tell me why I felt such a strong compulsion to come and knock on your door? Is there something you’re supposed to tell me?” Ibrahim assured the visitor that, yes, most definitely, there was a particular story that the visitor was supposed to hear. A few days later, Ibrahim baptized the new believer in Christ. When we pray, heaven fights our battles for us. We have the benefit of “high ground.” We never have to make a cold call again.

1) The Book, "More Disciples," Dropped Yesterday on Kindle

You can find it at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

 

or just search “More Disciples on Amazon” to find it from your favorite search engine. More Disciples is written by Doug Lucas, with Introduction and Epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and Foreword by David Garrison. The Kindle version has Worldwide enabled and also comes with enhanced typesetting. Page Flip is enabled and you can also read it on Kindle Unlimited, if you’re a subscriber. What’s more, if you’ve already purchased the print version, you can pick up the Kindle version for just 99 cents. One reviewer (L.E.) wrote, “This thorough yet easy read is the one book you need to understand and participate in a disciple-making movement (DMM). Of course it is God who works on hearts and draws people to Himself, but this book is a handy tool for being part of what God is doing in the world and making His name known among the nations.” Chris Galanos is author of From Megachurch to Multiplication: A Church’s Journey Toward Movement. He wrote, “More Disciples is a must-read for every Christian! Making more disciples is the mission that Jesus left us with and should be a major focus of our lives. Doug does a great job articulating how every Christian can be a fruitful disciple-maker. Perhaps you question if God really can use you to make more disciples. Perhaps you assume that only pastors and missionaries can make more disciples. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This book will set you on fire as you realize that God not only CAN use you but WANTS to use you to make many more disciples!” Now, with the Kindle version available, you can take More Disciples with you in an encrypted folder on your hard drive to be a companion in your multiplication journey.

12) Where Can We Learn to Share the "3 Circles" Presentation?

The book, More Disciples, trains readers how to share the 3 Circles Life Conversation (originally developed by Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida) on page 118-122. In frame-by-frame storyboards, the book helps readers easily learn to share the Good News using this readily-adapted format. See More Disciples here…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

You can watch a video version of this colorful 3 Circles presentation online at…

https://vimeo.com/289340874

1) Engaging Islam Institute

An incredible training opportunity to grow in your ministry to Muslims is coming to Dearborn, Michigan this Spring. Horizons International will be putting on their well-known Engaging Islam Institute in both a weekend and week-long format. Dates are May 24-25 and May 27-31 respectively. Check out Horizons International at…

www.horizonsinternational.org

Learn more about the Dearborn Weekend Training at…

www.engagingislam.org/events/2019/5/24/engaging-islam-weekend

Learn about the Dearborn Weeklong Training:

www.engagingislam.org/events/2019/2/12/engaging-islam-institute-2019-dearborn

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…

 

zumeproject.com/

14) The Last Bit: Barna’s "Reviving Evangelism" Study is Disturbing

This past week, I (Doug) read through every word of Barna’s report on the “Reviving Evangelism” survey results. In a word, it’s a disturbing commentary. According to their data, nearly half of Millennial practicing Christians say it is wrong to evangelize (47%). Almost two in five practicing Christians (of all ages) say they have no non-Christian friends or family members (30%). More than half of all practicing Christians report having two or fewer conversations about faith in past year (56%). Overall, the study revealed a general erosion in understanding and motivation for evangelism, especially in the hearts and mind of younger generations. Where have we gone wrong? The study tries to guess (making it clear that they’re only guessing). To us, these are some of the most disturbing trends of our day. We could probably survive if political figures stop treating one another with adequate civility. The truth is — we shouldn’t fixate on saving faith for the next generation. But if, as the years tick by, we “forget” (or stop caring) about evangelizing (as it appears we are) and if, in the process, we forget how to tell the Good News (as it appears we are), we would be placing the Kingdom of God in a precarious position. What do YOU think we should do about the study? How would YOU guess we respond?

3) Reviving Evangelism Resource Now Available from Barna Research

Barna has a new book out about expectations and definitions/models for evangelism and it’s not pretty.

 

shop.barna.com/products/reviving-evangelism

 

(Thanks Tim)

 

We’ll receive the book soon, at which time we’ll write more, but for right now, we can already tell you that there has been a sea-change in our culture about the political correctness of evangelism. We’d love your thoughts on how we manage to make a radical shift before we completely lose the whole concept to some kind of Star Trek “Prime Directive” version of evangelism. (“Observe, but do not interfere.”) Please — if you have any ideas about how we help the church be the church for the uninformed, untold parts of the planet, please speak up while there’s still time.

 

Advance tip: For more background on this, see this article, entitled, “Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials say Evangelism is Wrong:”

 

www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism/

 

6) Do Agnostics Every Try to "Convert" Us?

Joe wrote this past week, musing about the fact that, although he had encountered many agnostics over the years (those who don’t really care for God — so they decide not to make a decision about Him, exactly), none of them had ever tried to persuade him to embrace their view. This prompted him to wonder — do agnostics ever try to “convert” us to their mindset? There’s always the triple-A. You know… The Agnostic Association of America.

 

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Agnostic-Association-of-America-AAA-128863920525400/

 

That’s about the best I could do. Anyway, Joe was thinking — they must not have very much to offer him? Anyone have any experience with being “evangelized” in this way? Take Clarence Darrow for instance: “I am an agnostic. I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”

 

3) This DVD Curriculum Will Help You Build Friendships with Muslims

Mike and the rest of the workers at the Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America have done a great job with their DVD training program, “Journey to Jesus: Building Christ-centered friendships with Muslims.” Just to be sure, we took a look at it ourselves and it’s the real deal. You’ll feel 100% more equipped and ready. And when you feel equipped and ready, you’re lots less likely to wimp out at the last minute because you’re afraid you’ll offend (or worse). This should be required material for every new worker among Muslim unreached people. Thanks, COMMA Network for a job well done. And just think — you get the entire course for $10. Learn more at the Next Step Resources site…

 

nsresources.com/products/journey-to-jesus-dvd-curriculum-9781414394039?variant=61951579339

 

8) Digital Media Strategy For Making Meaningful Faith Decisions

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Foundations of New Media Strategy,” is starting February 14 and running through March 14. Each week in the 5-week course requires 3 hours of work per week including a one-hour live instruction session. For more information, go to

 

www.missionmediau.org/courses/foundations-of-media-strategy/

 

2) Is This the Most Powerful 4-Minute Video You’ve Ever Seen?

Wow.
That’s all I can say. How does a four-minute video pack so much emotion, so much power, and so much purpose? Somebody, somewhere, is a genius. How in the world.
If you’ve got four minutes to experience this power-packed video, then we have a feeling you’ll want to share it with someone else. Please do. If you don’t have four minutes, well, that’s just really… sad. : )

http://www.fallingplates.com/

(FallingPlates.com is a tool that can be used to share the story of the gospel. See what you think. And Kyle, thanks for sharing this!)

9) Check out The Good News Coloring Book (In scads of languages!)

coloring_bookhttp://www.goodnewscoloringbook.org

This coloring book is a Bible tract/coloring book for adults and children in over 100 languages, many of which are dual language, e.g., French/English, or French/Somaali, or Arabic/Italian. And get this: They’re all available for free… and you don’t even have to sign up for a mailing list or anything. Hats off to the makers for ‘freely receiving, and freely giving away!’ (Thanks Jamie!)

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