9) Good Reading About The Role Of The Church In Missions

what is our missionThis 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.

4) How to Introduce Your Friends to the Nations

Girl's hands holding globe --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisSometimes, I’m lucky enough to teach a Perspectives class the week before Shane Bennett. Whenever that happens, I ask the class to pull some kind of prank on him. Like… as soon as he begins teaching, they’re all supposed to start coughing endlessly. But now I feel really guilty. Because his article, “21 Easy Ways to Introduce Your Friends to the Nations (and Five Ways to Ensure They Stay Away)” is actually really good. (Sorry — didn’t mean to sound so surprised.)


If all of us followed his advice, the world would be a lot more reached.

10) Howard is my Hero

heart with mapWe need more guys like Howard Culbertson. Check out his page, “World Evangelism viewed by two churches:”


Click on the drop-down arrow upper right, “Other great pages to visit.” (There really are several.) I wish more of us would take time to be so thoughtful, creative, and prolific in writing about missions. He’s raised the bar high when it comes to thinking, motivating, and leaving a legacy. Hats off to Howard.

9) New Bonk Book Explores Families in Missions —

family missions bookJonathan Bonk’s new book, “Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (2013: Editor: Jonathan J. Bonk; Associate Editors: Dwight P. Baker, J. Nelson Jennings, Jin Bong Kim, and Steve Sang-Cheol Moon), contains case studies regarding the nurture, care, and education of children, as well as MK identity issues, marriage, culture and language, education, roles, finances, resilience, corruption, retirement, and transcultural kids. Get the English paperback here…


Korean speakers will want to start here for the Korean version:


(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for sending a heads-up about this new book. Learn more about their work at http://www.membercare.org)

10) We Love Missions Catalyst —

SubscribeIn those early days, Missions Catalyst operated as a part of the Brigada family of email conferences. (See the Missions Catalyst “About” page for more info at…


I can remember midnight exchanges with the then-editor, Nate Wilson. Later, when Shane and Marti picked it up, I could see it would only become better with each passing year. Though I’ve never met Pat, she adds a great service with the international news briefs. They’re a great team and we highly recommend subscribing. Just click “Sign up for our emails,” in the middle of the page at…


Until the next issue comes out, you can read their stuff in a web version at…


12) Is There An Organization That Sells Books For Missions?

Not that they sell missions-related books, but they resell used books in order to raise money for missions. Mert’s parents already take Christian books for distribution in developing countries to


But now they are wanting to find a place that will sell other books in order to raise funds for missions. If you know of any, please click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

4) Speaking of Missions Appraisals

propempo-missionsWe recently asked if anyone had improved or developed a missions self-assessment tool. Fortunately, there were some great responses. For example, see the diagnostic tool at…


by Propempo. It’s adapted from the ACMC form, still available via Pioneers at…


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…


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


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


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


Valuable stuff.

14) The BackPage: How Will the Megachurch Impact Missions?

Curious about the growth of megachurches worldwide? Just visit…


About halfway down the page, click the link, ” Click to View the World Megachurches List,” and you’ll be taken to a list of the world’s largest attendance churches, according to Warren Bird, Ph.D. If you’d like to see megachurches in the USA, browse to…


To see megachurches in Canada, visit…


OK — so now that you have the big picture (of big churches), here’s the question: How are all these megachurches going to affect missions? What impact will they have on reaching the globe? How will they change the way we “do missions,” send missionaries, and finish the task. It’s a question worth asking. To give your opinion, click “Comment” at the online version of this item. Check back to see what kind of responses we receive. And thanks, in advance, for any resources, summaries, and/or opinions that you’ll take time to share.

12) Free missions series starts March 14

These weekly tutorials are designed to cover all the basic elements of world missions. Each blog will feature a different subject, like countries, religions, languages, peoples, terminology, missionaries, and agencies. Further blogs will discuss ways to get involved, like supporting, praying, volunteering, traveling, etc. Participants can add comments and dig deeper using assignments and links. Sign up (free) to get the whole series at


3) A Missions Wiki

A long-time Brigada reader thinks that someone or some mission organization in the greater missions community ought to start a missions wiki.  Modeled after Wikipedia, it would allow many registered users to contribute articles on a variety of relevant subjects, which are then subject to editing and correction by the community.  Think of the knowledge that could be shared freely among a very large group of people.  The submitter has no idea how to pull this off, but believes that someone out there does. There have been a couple of attempts at this. Could we please list them in the Comments following this item in the online version of Brigada?

8) New Book, “An Adventure in Missions” is a Practical Guide

Stanley Foster’s new little book, “An Adventure in Missions” is indeed a “Practical Guide to Missions.” The book starts as though it will become a collection of stories from the author’s life. But before we know it, he’s transforming these stories into helpful, practical, every-day tips in categories such as “Things I’ve learned,” “Your Call,” “Evaluating your call,” A Plan to help you get started, and “About Cultural Sensitivity.” It’s clear that the author has lived out what he’s articulating. He not only describes broad strokes, he also zooms in with remarkably finite approaches. Worth the read. Learn more from WestBowPress.com, where it is priced at $11.95…


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