What if we were to ask you, “What’s the best accounting software for missions (Windows or Mac)? What would you answer? Would it be Quickbooks Desktop 2015 Pro? …or is someone now recommending Quickbooks online? And what about the new crop of ‘cloud’ accounting systems like Freshbooks and Xero? Have you found something you love? Please jot a note and tell us why. Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks a bunch!
Sensing a possible call from God to serve cross-culturally? Not sure where to go or how to get started? Consider STEP — Serving to Equip People – an initiative matching mature young people with seasoned Entrust staff for a one-year term of service in Europe. It’s an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, provide meaningful service within the context of the local church and explore your gifting and calling for cross-cultural ministry. If you love God, follow Jesus, adhere to the Bible, and value mentoring, multiplication and real-life transformation, consider stepping into STEP. Entrust plans to deploy their inaugural STEP class this summer. Better act fast though: The application deadline is April 15. Call them at 719-622-1980 or visit…
While you’re at it, please click “comment” below the web version of this item and tell them what you think about STEP.
Remember that guy out on the East Coast who creates fantastic resources for missions teams like yours? Well, he’s been at it again. Here’s a 5 meg sample “Selection Team Manual,” saved as a PDF, for your review.
In it, Pastor Allen of Heritage Baptist Church unpacks his strategy and approaches for selecting new missionary candidates. He explains his mission statement, purpose, philosophy, and church strategy for missionary recruitment and preparation. You’re going to want to see this free book. And we’re all going to want to thank him. (Thanks Pastor Allen and HBC.)
For so many of us the data around global issues and missions in particular can be confusing and too in-depth. What if there was a resource that made understanding the data around mission fun and easy to share with those you are mobilizing or engaging around mission? GMI will be releasing a book just like that by April 6th. You have all heard of GMI’s Missiographics Service
and now GMI has developed a visual book of some of its best infographics. Each infographic comes with extended analysis by well-known mission researcher Justin Long and the book is introduced by EMQ Editor and Wheaton College professor Dr. Scott Moreau. Purchase your copy here:
Bethany Global University’s Center for Graduate Studies offers three compelling online M.A. degree options, crafted specifically for mission leaders, educators and trainers all over the world; Intercultural Leadership, Intercultural Education or Intercultural Studies. Each program is designed to draw upon your experience and knowledge of missions and provide practical learning applications you can begin using immediately. As a busy ministry professional, you’ll appreciate the flexibility of online learning and a cost that is less than half that of similar programs. The staff at Bethany Global University would love to assist you in meeting your academic and ministry goals. Contact Director Dr. Jim at 1-952-829-4680 or discover more at
Here’s a regional conference on caring for creation at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, July 27-31 2015. Learn more at…
then register at…
The Pastor to Missionaries Conference is said to be the one place each year at which you can network and team up with other practitioners and specialists in member care.
It’s staged each year by Barnabas International, and the 2015 conference is Oct. 6-9. Also check out their book list and other resources.
Create a budget, manage expenses, and keep track of team member contributions all in one location. Start preparing your team for a life changing experience. That’s the promise at…
Read more about the feature list here…
But in short, this baby does EVERYTHING! … even take up an offering!
“Fundamentals For Cross-Cultural Missions” videos are a great way for individuals, Short-Term Team Leaders, Churches and Faith-Based organizations to prepare for cross-cultural engagement. Now they are available online and can be watched at any time with several pricing options, starting at $7.99, to fit the specific need of the viewer. Each video session comes with a downloadable handout with notes and checklists to help in preparation.
The “Fundamentals For Cross-Cultural Missions” videos can be viewed individually or as a course. They are great for teams and cover five essential topics:
Blessed To Be A Blessing-A Biblical Basis for Missions
Culture-The signs and triggers of culture shock and how to deal with it
Bridges and Barriers-Examines worldview and bridges and barriers to communicating the gospel cross-culturally
Spiritual Preparation-Discusses prayer, spiritual warfare and sharing your story
Safety & Security-Understanding the potential risks of global travel and best practices to minimize adverse situations
See some great actors from Saltmine as they share God’s heart for the nations via dramatic readings at…
This free video would be a great addition to your next mission rally, banquet, or global outreach day. (Thanks to Marti, Publisher and Managing Editor of Missions Catalyst for pointing us to this great resource.)
Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen, Executive Director of Mission Alive, has just completed the 2nd edition of Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies now available through Zondervan/Harper Collins. This 2nd edition is much more complete with eight new chapters and the other chapters are updated/refined. The Missions text has traditionally been used as a handbook for Missions for those going to the field. Find it on Amazon at
In a recent inquiry in Brigada, we asked for additional resources for local churches who were ramping up their involvement in missions. The comments yielded a virtual treasure trove of next step resources. Thanks to all those who took time to respond. Here are a few examples:
Tradecraft, by Crider, McCrary and the Upstream Collective team
Becoming Global by Bruce Dipple (SMBC Press). To order, (VISA & Mastercard accepted), phone Australia +1(02) 9747 4780, or Fax Australia, +1(02) 9747 5053, or mail: SMBC Press, PO Box 83, Croydon NSW 2132, Australia. Cost is A$15 plus postage.
When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner (B & H Publishing)
A Task Unfinished By Michael Griffiths (MARC publishing)
Antioch Revisited by Tom Julien (BMH books)
The Team Building Kit is brand new resource that is ideal for short-term mission Team Leaders who want to unify their teams prior to departure. The kit includes 10 time-tested activities complete with instructions. Each activity has been designed to allow for hands-on experience and to help team leaders establish a platform for reflection and change. The Team Building Kit booklet, included with the Kit, provides an overarching objective, recommended group size, preparation steps, activity instructions, as well as a real-life scenario short-term teams will face on field for each activity. While designed for short-term mission teams, each activity can be modified to accommodate your specific need. Learn more at…
There’s a growing ecological crisis, particularly in East Asia. How is it impacting the people that we are called to serve, and what opportunities does it present for missions? This topic will be presented by OMF International, together with A Rocha and Missions Fest Vancouver. The date is Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:15 – 9:30 pm, with the location being The Tapestry Church, 9280 No. 2 Road, Richmond, BC. The presenter is David Gould, Creation Care Advocate, OMF International. Find this event on the web at
Remember that item, “9) Looking to Motivate Kids Toward Missions?” in the July 13th, 2014 edition? Karen, from Stand4kids, wrote in a comment for that item, “I created Stand4kids. … We are now under the Center for Mission Mobilization. Most products are found at cmmpress.org. Download lessons are at stand4kids.org/dl/. Our children and family team is called Weave and we have a new website with many free activities for families at
Check it out! (And thanks, Karen.)
This past week, Mike began wondering where to go to learn more about the role of the church in missions, now and throughout the ages. Some might refer him to Andrew Murray’s classic, “The Key to the Missionary Problem.” But we’re betting there are other options. Can you think of other such resources? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance if you can help.