Mobilization

1) Plan Now to Take Part in a Global PrayerCast

Global PrayerCast graphic

The stream will originate from a church in Phoenix, Arizona. But by the time the hour is done, you will have prayed side by side with believers in Central Asia, South Europe, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America, North and South Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, West and East Africa, and churches of all size in the USA. The entire hour will be packed with prayer (there’s no sermon), and you also will spend time with your family, home Bible study, or local church, praying about local and area needs too. You’ll lift up prayers along 3 major themes with others all over the globe: global suffering (poverty, human trafficking, hunger), unreached peoples and cities, and finally, revitalization of your church for the sake of our hurting world. It will be an hour you’ll never forget. I hate to use the word because maybe it introduces too big of an expectation, but I’m honest when I say — it could even be epic. And guess what: There’s no charge. Watch the video. Plan to be present with thousands of others around the globe. We hope to see you there, Apr. 30th, 9pm EDT. Learn more at…

http://www.globalprayercast.com

or catch the one-minute video at…

http://vimeo.com/87955643

2) Memo to JoshuaProject: We Love What You’ve Done with the Place

jp_siteWow. If you haven’t stopped by…

http://www.JoshuaProject.net

in the last day or two, I’m guessing you won’t even recognize the place. It’s WAY cleaner, WAY cooler, instantly responsive, and radically simplified. I’m still trying to learn some of the new push button strategies. For example, in the People Group Listings, it took me a while to figure out that I had to have at least one button turned “green” in each category or else the listing would come back zero. But I figured it out after a few minutes and I know you will too… and then, I bet these pages stay very active — and gets LOTS of looks — because it’s sure a gorgeous interface. Well done, guys!

9) Understanding those Willing to Serve

Your ministry website is the gateway to engage with hundreds of potential missionaries and volunteers. Do you know understand their patterns, preferences and searching criteria? Now you can get a powerful glimpse into your audience’s searching habits and preferences through GMI’s latest resource: Searching to Serve. This small book is a summary of GMI’s extensive research on potential missionaries’ use of the Internet. The book introduces you to individual searchers and highlights the five profiles of online ministry opportunity searchers in an easy-to-read format. You can give this resource to everyone from the president of your organization to a recruiter out in the field as a tool to start a conversation and understand those who are searching to serve. Visit …

http://www.gmi.org/searching-to-serve

for more details.

7) Mobile Ministry Consultation

The 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation will be December 9-11, in Orlando, Florida at the Wycliffe Headquarters. Learn with more than 100 other mobile ministry innovators how to reach the next generation for Christ via mobile device strategies. The consultation includes TED-style presentations, discussions, ministry field reports, workshops, and networking time.  The registration fee is $230 and includes meals. Limited housing is available on-site for $35 per night. For more information:

http://www.mobileministryforum.org/mmf-consultation-2013

14) The BackPage: What’s Your Church Missions Strategy?

Some years ago, at a Lausanne meeting, I happened to be assigned to a table which afforded me the chance to meet Ellen Livingood. If you’ll forgive the bad grammer/pun for a moment, I can tell you that she really is (living good). She’s got enough marketing/arts background to make everything look really clean, simple, and understandable, and on the whole, she generates great content. For example, if your church is seeking to determine its current missions strategy — kind of like an assessment or evaluation — try her October 2013 newsletter, available at..

http://www.catalystservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Whats-Your-Missions-Strategy.pdf

If her evaluation misses the mark at all, in my humble opinion, it seems to be skewed a bit toward analyzing one’s current approaches, then deciding how to prioritize among those. While this would be a helpful approach, from what we see in this article, we don’t really seem to be directed much at the Bible to determine biblical mandates. Without the Bible as our guide, wouldn’t our strategies be adrift, and therefore somewhat vulnerable to the latest trends or fads in world evangelism? In addition, to my mind’s eye, the work seems highly skewed toward the question, “How will we prioritize what we’re doing now,” instead of asking the more fundamental question, “What do God and the world need us to do, regardless of what our church or our leadership would prefer?” These are bolder questions and some missions teams might not feel empowered enough to ask them. But I can pretty much guarantee, God is wishing that we would. (Thanks for the tip, Marti!)

14) The BackPage: “Believing is only the beginning”

I’m reading Richard Stearns’ [relatively] new book, “Unfinished.” (It’s published 2013 by Thomas Nelson. But, since we can Google a book title and author these days, do publishers and dates really matter anymore? I guess if there are multiple editions of the same book — and you’re seeking a particular edition? Anyway, I digress.) He begins at a starting point that seems so critical for today’s era: Do we really believe? And does faith matter?

Here’s my theory: It all starts with a clarion call to faith. If we don’t sort out the belief card, nothing else matters. We can’t establish the priority of the Good News. We can’t lay a foundation of absolute truth. We can’t clarify what happens after we die.

Bottom line: If we don’t share a common faith, we’re toast.

The bad news is — we can no longer assume a common faith. Take Britain for instance. As recently as 2001, 71.7% claimed to be Christian in Britain. As of the end of 2011, that number had fallen to 59.3%. By contrast, the overall number of Muslims, taken among all ages, climbed from 3% to 4.8%. True: Much of that rise was due to an influx of foreign born. [See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20675307 ] But a closer look reveals that among younger populations, the number of Muslims has now climbed to 10%! [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10062745/Christianity-declining-50pc-faster-than-thought-as-one-in-10-under-25s-is-a-Muslim.html ]

We could provide THOUSANDS of stats to support this same trend, in so many other lands that were historically Christian. My conclusion: I’m convinced that Stearns’ beginning point must become a starting point for practically everything we do. Please understand: I’m not calling his a crisis of faith. Rather, it’s a CANYON of faith. It’s empty. Void. And we’d better address it.

Your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Just click in the comment box following the online version of this item at the link below. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

2) Practical Church Mobilization Articles

catalystAre you a church leader looking for help on specific missions mobilization topics? … A missionary who wants to help churches expand their missions involvement? … An agency staff person seeking to better resource churches? Each month Catalyst Services publishes Postings, an online article on some practical aspect of church missions mobilization. And it’s free! Here are a few recent topics:
*** Questions to help determine fit on a field team (June 2013)
*** How to involve a church’s high-capacity leaders in missions (February 2013)
*** Gifts that may indicate who God is tapping for cross-cultural ministry (July 2012)

Sign up for a free subscription and access all of our searchable past issues at

www.catalystservices.org/postings/

1) Find Full Funding in a Few Months Rather Than Years

kingdom_come_training_logoKingdom Come Training offers a low-cost full package of training, coaching and accountability that typically brings faith missionaries to 100% funding in a few months. You save the cost of meals, travel and lodging by engaging right at home, even at your field location, over live, interactive videoconferencing. Jessica, a missionary in Eastern Europe writes, “The prospect of seeking support terrified me. Yet He is rich in mercy and love. He provided KCT to train me. In spite of my fears, the weekly accountability motivated me to make calls, set appointments, and share my stories. God blew me away by providing more than what I needed, and He did so in just five months – a whole month earlier than my goal! Now I have an incredible team of partners who are also committed to seeing Jesus exalted in the far reaches of the earth. I can leave for my field in full assurance of God’s grace upon my ministry.” Get more information and registration at…

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

 

1) Mobilization Video about Unengaged Muslim Groups

Islam VideoI guess I’ve been asleep. I hadn’t presented, or even SEEN, the video at…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9mOrLq_Jmo

about unengaged Muslim Groups. It would be a great session-starter or “countdown” video before a special focus on Muslim peoples. Of course, who will be remaking these as we send new teams of witnesses to these people groups? :-) I ask because I’m assisting with one new team who has already been working in one of these [now previously-] unengaged groups for nearly two years. I guess Finishing the Task is helping with that question. Anyone else tracking this data?

http://www.finishingthetask.com/

5) Hear Some Great Missions Messages by Piper and Others — Free!

Thanks to Russell, who tipped us off to the fact that John Piper has provided some excellent missions sermons and panels, originally staged at a missions conference in 2011, at…

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/by-conference/2011-national-conference

Speakers include Louie Giglio, Jason Mandryk, Greg Livingstone, David Platt, and, of course, Piper himself. Excellent stuff. (Thanks Russell!)

9) Global Outreach Day Coming Soon to Your Screen

If your buddy in the cubicle next to you shouts that he’s seeing God on his computer monitor, he might not be joking. Global Outreach Day (“G.O.D.”) is coming up on May 25th. The inaugural event happened last year with so many amazing reports from around the world of people sharing Jesus with others and Jesus changing lives. Check these links out for ideas on getting prepped for GOD 2013.

http://globaloutreachday.com/

or

http://www.facebook.com/GlobalOutreachDay

4) Is there a Forum Specifically for Missions Mobilizers?

This past week, a Brigada participant asked if there was any specific online forum (other than Brigada, of course) specifically for Missions Mobilizers. We knew about the Catalyst e-zine at…

http://missionscatalyst.net/

But we wondered if there was some kind of regular physical gathering, or at least a regular online get-together of mobilizers around the world. If there are, and if that’s public knowledge, would you use the comment box below to share more information about it please? Thanks!

14) The BackPage: Why Does this One Local Church “Get It?”

This weekend, I’ve been speaking and leading workshops at a local church in the Great Pacific Northwest. As I wrap up the weekend, I’m left with the question — Why does this one local church seem to “get it,” without even much help? Their elders understand unreached peoples and cities and have arranged the budget in such a way that they are giving them priority. Their minister just finished a four-Sunday sermon series on the church’s responsibility for the lost. They’ve set up a special fund to adopt an unreached people group and they plan to send a survey group, in conjunction with a prayer journey initiative, in the next 90 days. There are at least 5 people who will probably step forward to volunteer to be sent full-time, even though the church hasn’t yet fully decided on which people group or city they’ll go reach. Ever since they’ve started pursuing this course, they’ve run ahead of budget — so much so that they’re now $15K ahead, which was enough to cover the cost of hosting the Wall of Unreached Peoples

http://www.U4theU.com/TheWall

as well as a special focus weekend on unreached peoples and cities. (They flew me all the way in from Louisville to speak there — in 7 sessions over the weekend, with various groups, including the elders and staff, select missions families, and 3 sessions with the entire congregation.) My guess is, Lord willing, they’ll have “boots on the ground” in a new unreached people group or city within 18 months from now.

All of which prompts me to ask — why? Why does this one church get it so well, while so many others lag behind, losing their chance to flourish and make a deep impact, both at home and abroad? Whatever they’re doing right, it makes me want to bottle it up and release it worldwide. Because if we only had more of this spirit, within one generation, the entire globe would have been exposed to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

So what’s your theory? Why do some churches ‘get it’ and others don’t? If you have an insight, please click “Comment” below the online version of this item. (And by the way, before you ask, I should probably guard the identity of the church I’m describing lest they receive 1000 requests for support from thousands of Brigada readers who are raising support. Let’s give them a chance to get out of the gate first. :-) )

Doug

6) Join a Non-profit. Skip Student Loan Payments in 10

Sound too good to be true? Check again. After graduating from college (any college), just join a non-profit. Make 120 payments then burn your mortgage. Or the student loan papers at least. Read all about it at…

http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service

http://www.ibrinfo.org/can.vp.html

http://www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml

The fine print: If you’re the type that likes to tell people about Jesus, this program might not work so well for you. The program includes this disclaimer: “However, when determining full-time public service employment at a not-for-profit organization you may not include time spent participating in religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing.” You CAN, however, include the time spent drilling wells or researching rice farming techniques.

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