Mobilization

7) Why “More isn’t always Better,” or — “Please Train them Well”

Steve Jennings recently wrote this blog…

http://9marks.org/article/stop-sending-missionaries-why-more-isnt-always-better/

and we’ve been seeing it get some looks lately. Do you agree with his caution that “More isn’t always better?” Please let us know you’re opinion by clicking “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts. (Thanks Eric B, as well as Dan and Meg, for bubbling this up.)

10) Get Your 30 Days Muslim Prayer Guides in March…

By preordering them now, WorldChristian.com will start shipping your order to you FIRST, in March 2016. Order now at…

http://www.30daysprayer.com/

Since 1993, this campaign has focused on helping you pray in an informed way about people who would, perhaps otherwise, only be feared or ignored. Get a 50+ page prayer guide for your church AND … don’t forget that if you’re a ministry with an initiative you’d like to promote, you can advertise in the prayer guide at…

http://www.30daysprayer.com/advertise.php

2) New Book on Global Partnerships

paul-3d-278x300“Walk This Way: a better path to global engagement” was just released by Dr. Paul McGuinness and 181 Publishing. As Dr. McGuinness writes, God is moving in unbelievable ways around the world, and the Western church has a part to play in the story. But are we in danger of missing out due to an unhealthy approach to global engagement? It’s not that churches aren’t already involved in cross-cultural ministry. It’s that, too often, we bring the wrong mindset to international ministry and move down a rocky path.” Through case studies, practical experience, and biblical principles, “Walk This Way” presents a new model for global ministry that honors the work God is doing and mobilizes the American church to greater engagement. We’re looking forward to reading this book ourselves. Check it out at:

http://www.WalkThisWay.world

Join the conversation on Facebook (WalkThisWayBook), Twitter and Instagram (@WalkThisWayBook).

3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?

send me your journey to the nationsWith praise, I hope. But the specific question is — this past week, a global outreach staff person in a large local church emailed, asking for “some sort of resource/questionnaire/book to guide young minds and hearts that are considering overseas mission work. If a young person comes to you and says, “I think God might be calling me to Africa, what do you give them? What do you ask them? What do you tell them to do?” My shooting-from-the-hip response was to recommend the book, “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations.”

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0878082948/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0878082948&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl&linkId=R7NH7XWYZQJ75LZE

In this book, Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor outline a very thoughtful and intentional process for a recruit, perhaps in cooperation with the global outreach minister and the local church, can begin preparation well in advance of any actual departure date. But do you have other such resources you would have recommended? In particular, what if the prospective recruit is on the younger side? Maybe the “Send me” book is a bit too much for a very young recruit? Got a favorite? If so, please just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help!

5) Downloadable Media Resources for Training and Mobilization

Looking for tools to train workers to share the Gospel to other cultures and languages or enhance your mobilization and prayer efforts? Create International has done the hard work by producing ready-to-go, culturally-appropriate evangelism and missions resource packages to equip workers wanting to share the Good News and train others to multiply their witness among Unreached Peoples. Now, thanks to new digital technology there is no more waiting for your product. As soon as you place your order and make your payment, you can immediately download your files. Once your media is on your computer, you can reformat it to play on all of your desk and mobile devices. Get equipped for 21st century missions. Check out their online store at

http://www.createinternational.com/store

14) The BackPage: Please Help us Build a Mobilizer’s Toolkit

If you were equipping new Missions Mobilizer, what would you put in the toolkit? What resources would be “core curriculum,” so to speak. I remember a little book back in the 80’s called “The Hidden Half.” I don’t remember the author’s name… and it seems to have vanished off the book lists even on the web. But it was a great “just add water” mobilizer’s book… to help someone aquire the fire, so to speak, then pass it on. Which books or websites would be in your list? Would any of these make your go-to books?

Life-changing encounters, Caleb Project — Originally assembled as a kind of guidebook or manual for churches and agencies who were doing prayer journeys and vision trips during the “AD2000 & Beyond” mobilization decade of the 90’s, this manual taught the church and agency how go on-sight and write a profile about an unreached people group. Great resource to this day, if you can find one.

Exploring the Land, Shane Bennett — This more academic version of the above was written to help an ethnographic researcher (or research team) prepare a more extensive booklet (or book) about an unreached people or place.

Vision of the Possible, by “Daniel Sinclair” (pseudonym) is a real keeper. It might be the best book documenting the overall on-field process EVER. How to reach an unreached people group or city, for the team leader and the on-site team.

Operation World, originally by Patrick Johnstone, now by Jason Mandryk, looks at the world one country at a time, revealing church growth to date plus prayer requests for tomorrow.

When Helping Hurts, by Corbett and Fikkert, informs the church or agency about poverty and how to help it without causing harm.

Radical, by David Platt, challenges the assumptions of local churches by advocating for a more engaged lifestyle and outreach paradigm .

Serving as Senders, by Neal Pirolo, explains how volunteers from a local church can become more engaged as sending groups for missionaries and their families.

I Think God Wants me to Be a Missionary, also by Neal Pirolo, helps a would-be missionary clarify and grow his/her calling.

In the Gap, by Dave Bryant, is an old book, now somewhat dated, but still challenges assumptions about the world in which we live, advocating a stepped-up prayer life and a more engaged outreach approach.

There have to be more that I’m not remembering right now. Which books, videos, or websites would you add? Please just click “comment” after the online version of this item, then add your favorite(s). Thanks in advance for any help you can render.

Doug

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!)

1 2 3 11  Scroll to top