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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!)

4) Hope International University Offers “Open Class” on Evangelism

EvangelismJohn Hendee and Hope International University have teamed up now to bring you what they’re terming an “Open Class” (for just $50 — as opposed to the $300 price tag for undergrad credit) in personal evangelism. “It’s All About Relationships” just might be the vehicle YOU need to help you sail through some of the stigma you’ve had about sharing your faith. Learn more about the open class by emailing Phil at
pbtowneathiudotedu or contact John directly at…
johndothendeeatcoxdotnet

1) Engaging Islam Intensive

EIGo deeper in your understanding of ministry to Muslims with these interactive and exciting week-long courses on Evangelism and Discipleship featuring material from Georges’ soon-to-be published book. Whether you are in full time ministry, or simply have a desire to learn more about ministry to Muslims, don’t miss out on these incredible training opportunities. But space is limited, so better register now at…

http://www.engagingislam.org/events/intensives

9) Infographic: 3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism

Global Mapping’s new series of mission-related infographics are very helpful. In their latest, they have summarized some vital trends and opportunities for digital evangelism in a ‘missiographic’ entitled 3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism. Missiographics can be widely shared and reused, terms shown on the GMI site.

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/11830

4) Two New Mobile Apps For Evangelism And Discipleship

africaappThe Kola Africa app is a portal for video clips from the JESUS Film, audio clips and Bibles from Faith Comes By Hearing, all in multiple languages, plus text discipleship materials. The YesHEIs app accesses their click-to-share curated and categorized lists of video shorts in multiple languages and regions.

And it is not too late for your mission team to send a representative to the Mobile Ministry Consultation, Florida, 9-11 December, and take back valuable strategies to leverage mobile for your ministry.

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/11750

6) A New Evangelist Tool For The Christmas Season

greatestgiftEarly in 2009, Reaching Beyond Borders, an organization which assists local churches in spreading the Gospel, partnered with Forgiven Films to bring a unique new evangelistic tool to life. Strictly adhering to Bible accounts of the prophecies, life, and the redemptive work of Christ, this 25 minute film reenacts Biblical scenes that tell the reason for the coming of our Savior. Follow His life from the miracles and the cross all the way to His ascension. Over 115 verses are quoted from the King James Bible as the true Christmas message is told. The movie can be viewed in its entirety or ordered on DVD at:

http://www.thegreatestgiftever.net

 

 

6) Library of Missions and Evangelism

The Library Missions and Evangelism brings together more than 100 items (magazines, books, brochures) on Missions and Evangelism, only material released by their authors, all in English. For samples, see…

http://pt.scribd.com/collections/4228198/Missions-and-Evangelism

Already Footpaths Library brings together more than 200 items (only in Portuguese) on the same topics:

http://pt.scribd.com/collections/3658226/Biblioteca-Missionaria-Veredas

The Library also keeps a library on Human Trafficking, with over 140 resources in English, Portuguese and Spanish:

http://pt.scribd.com/collections/3928801/Biblioteca-Trafico-Humano

There’s even a missionary blog (in Portuguese):

http://veredasmissionarias.blogspot.com/

Valuable stuff.

8) Children in Mission to China

Some would say that culture and language are best learned through peer friendships, mission is best done through relationships, and children are a gift of God that He can uniquely use in his mission to lost and hurting people. In light of these truths, Friends4One offers an educational, missions engagement program that connects American Christian children with a child of the same age and gender in China. These 21st century pen pals use the internet to build a friendship and share Christ’s love. Check out…

http://www.friends4one.org

to discover how you can connect more American children (12 and younger) in your family, church, Christian school or homeschool network with this unique opportunity to engage in relational, cross-cultural ministry. Write
infoatfriends4onedotorg if you are interested. (Word to the wise: In today’s environment, obviously, you’ll want to build in every safeguard imaginable so that these children aren’t misled.)

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