11) The BackPage: How Would You Set Up This Mobilization Event?

Suppose you were asked to head up a mobilization component of a large convention of churches, pastors, and church members. During the event, the president of the church conference wants you to help him roll out a 350′ scroll listing the world’s unreached peoples. Suppose he wants to dare conference participants to do something radical — to ‘adopt’ one of the world’s unreached peoples and make it an urgent passion to get good news to each man and woman in that culture. Suppose the president arranges for you to have an “adoption center” front and center of the whole convention, which might attract 10,000 people.

  • Where would you recommend printing such a long banner at a bargain price (to be purchased with mission dollars)?
  • What would you put on the banner (to be viewed by 10,000 people in the main auditorium)?
  • How would you set up the “adoption center” itself?
  • How would you arrange follow-up?

Keep in mind, the emphasis is not on channeling the churches and individuals to any one organization or ministry. Instead, the focus would be toward unreached peoples. But how would you recommend maximizing the impact for the world’s unreached?

If you haven’t guessed, we actually have to *do* this. Click comments below… and maybe all 10,000 Brigada participants will learn from your input. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

3) Tunisia: Do Something About it —

With all the government shake-ups happening in Tunisia, if you’re like me, you’re wondering, “Well, yeah, but what can one little person do to help a whole nation come to peace?” Well now, there’s an answer.

Register in the upper right and you’ll be able to make a difference, with God’s help. Use these promos to help the cause:



I know the people running this. It’s the real deal. They *love* the people of Tunisia and want to help. They’re searching for, as John Piper put it, a “whole mob of people” to pray for good things to happen to this struggling land. Join them.

5) Mobile Ministry Strategy Network Formed —

The first-ever “Mobile Ministry Forum” assembled 16 mission strategists representing 15 organizations for two days in early December 2010 to focus exclusively on the mobile platform’s potential role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  Outcomes included plans to develop a mobile ministry training curriculum, establish a global “mobile practitioner” community and expand an existing database of mobile research.  Read the Forum’s report at

View a slide show of the forum at

Indicate your interest in joining this network by writing

9) “The Waiting World,” = the Best New Missions DVD —

See if you agree: This DVD on the 10/40 Window and the major world religions are destined to become best sellers. I just hope they don’t sell out too soon. Just to get Israel Houghton’s “We Speak To Nations” would be well worth the $12.95. Shew. At that price, this DVD is a steal. Best thing since those Urbana videos from the turn of the new century. Finally, they’re refreshed. Yes!

2) Guidebook for Churches Wanting to Bump Up Missions —

Here’s an inspiring guidebook for every church that wants to be effective in mission! David Mays has drawn on his twenty plus years of working with churches to pull together best ideas and practices for leading your church in mission in today’s world. “The Mission Leadership Team – Mobilizing Your Church to Touch the World” [David Mays, The Mission Exchange, 2010, 131 pp., $12.95] is a workbook that is small enough you can work through it. You will find a stimulating overview of the job, practical suggestions, specific tools, a fresh list of resources, and space to work in this book.  See the Contents, Introduction and Chapter One at

Purchase the book from

Get a package of six for $9.50 each +s/h.  Click on the visitor’s link, create a profile and go to the online store. For larger orders contact David at

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3) Get David May’s New Book, “Mobilizing your Church…” —

It’s available. Snag, “The Mission Leadership Team: Mobilizing Your Church to Touch the World,” authored by David Mays (2010, 131 pp., $12.95 + s/h) in single copies or bundles of six from

Click on the “visitor link,” create a profile, and go to the online store.  For larger quantities contact the author directly at…

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The book asks and answers questions like, “Who leads the mission ministry in your church? A pastor? A leadership team? Multiple teams? Are they organized and equipped to lead with wisdom and excellence? Your mission leaders can find a good overview of the job, practical suggestions, additional helps, a fresh list of resources, and space to work in this book.”

6) National Missionary Convention Ready to Roll —

Starting Thursday evening, some 7,000 students, church members, mobilizers, college reps, missionaries, and aid workers from all over the world will gather in Lexington, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena (where the famed UK Wildcats play). Learn more about the program by checking out the website…

and even peruse the program book at…

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9) How to Mobilize Next-Generation Churches for Missions —

Just attend the “Interchange 2010” workshop! It’s scheduled for December 1-2, 2010, at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, Wilmington, DE, easily accessible from the Philadelphia airport. It’s designed for anyone with a passion to see the church of Jesus Christ mobilized to reach the ends of the earth, with a goal of helping you maximize the missions role of next-generation church leaders, use business-as-mission to mobilize the whole church, leverage short-term missions, maximize your missions budget, and more. Learn more at…

6) UPG Thinking – Mobilization or Missions? —

It has been interesting to note recent Brigada dialogue regarding Unreached People Group focus. Barb recently wrote to remind us of two articles that may be of interest.

One article written in 2007 by Dr. Kent Parks, is still relevant in answering misconceptions about people-group thinking. Even the statistics seemed to have changed little in the past few years.  The article is “What Happened to People Group Thinking?” by Dr. Kent Parks of Mission to Unreached Peoples. Find it online at…

In addition, “A Comparison of Global People Group Lists” by Dan Scribner of Joshua Project, will help explain and define some of the more commonly used people group lists:

(Thanks Barb!)

5) CrossGlobal Link Personnel Conference is a Winner —

Emily wrote recently to familiarize us with this conference. “This is designed for those of us who work in missions home offices. This year, it’s in Rockville, VA (just outside Richmond) at an IMB base and is from December 1-3.  There are lots of breakout type sessions–6 of them in each area of Mobilization, HR, Training and Member Care. If you’ve never been to one of these, I highly recommend it. It’s a great place for learning from others who do what you do, plus have a component of personal development.” More details are on their website at

(Thanks Emily!)

1) “If you have a choice, then mobilize!” (R.W.)

Angela wrote this past week, recalling, “Ralph D. Winter once mused that you can go, send or mobilize, but if you have a choice then choose mobilization because it’s a strategic contribution to missions if you can mobilize ten people to go in place of you as one.” She went on to remind us that Perspectives on the World Christian Movement has several opportunities for alumni and graduates who are interested in mobilizing Christians to become world changers. If you are interested in these opportunities, check out

for ways in which you can create new courses in your church or venue.  And check out the front page at

for Perspective’s newest promo videos now online! (Thanks Angela!)

8) “The Harvest:” A Missions Video about Partnering for the Task

theharvestBecause it portrays a story in one man’s childhood, it really isn’t showing much age, even though it’s been around for awhile. At 17 minutes, it’s a bit on the long side, but it’s also extremely engaging. It’s the true story from the early childhood experience of a Campus Crusade Student Venture director.

It’s a powerful and moving analogy that vividly communicates the urgency to work together to bring in the spiritual harvest. Pick it up at…

3) Retreat For Prospective Missionaries

journeydeepens“The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary coaches from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The fall 2009 retreat will be in Atlanta Oct 16-18. It is presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Missions coaches/recruiters may apply online

or email


5) Southern Nazarene Wants Recruited by Your Org

southernnazunivAre you a mission organization seeking to recruit on college campuses? Southern Nazarene University’s Fall 2009 “mission week” ( will be September 28 to October 2. Thursday, Oct. 1, will be a “missions fair” day with organizations invited to set up a recruiting table in the university Commons (at no charge!).  For more info, contact Howard:

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7) Sort out how to Expand the Kingdom in an Unjust World

Cat109261-Burmese-Muslim-girl-0ch this conference in Villa Park, IL, USA. It promises a set of unique interactive learning experiences that should give participants hands-on training from field practitioners experienced in holistic and indigenous church planting in some of the world’s most difficult places for ministry. For more information, contact

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