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

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. :-) )


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…

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.

8) Children in Mission to China

Some would say that culture and language are best learned through peer friendships, mission is best done through relationships, and children are a gift of God that He can uniquely use in his mission to lost and hurting people. In light of these truths, Friends4One offers an educational, missions engagement program that connects American Christian children with a child of the same age and gender in China. These 21st century pen pals use the internet to build a friendship and share Christ’s love. Check out…

to discover how you can connect more American children (12 and younger) in your family, church, Christian school or homeschool network with this unique opportunity to engage in relational, cross-cultural ministry. Write
infoatfriends4onedotorg if you are interested. (Word to the wise: In today’s environment, obviously, you’ll want to build in every safeguard imaginable so that these children aren’t misled.)

10) How Do We Simplify Our Story?

Talking with these fellow CEO’s of mission agencies, the thoughts emerged — How do we simplify the story of our organization’s past, present and future. Several of my compadres had settled on a quest to come up with harder data categories. They had come to the point that they weren’t so fond of telling the “what’s” any more. They were realizing that people (prayer partners, donors, and friends) wanted to know the “Why’s” of our work. They were now investigating time and energy in figuring out how to INSPIRE the local church. A Bible translation group had sorted out the cost of translating each verse of scripture. A missions-focused seminary had figured out how much it would cost to double its student body. Their conclusion: Everybody’s looking for return on his or her investment. Bigger donors are asking the question, “If I give you $1000, what difference will it generate?” Interesting stuff.

(Thanks for the tip, Tony!)

12) Pacific Northwest Missions Care Conference – Register Now!

Check out “Care ConneXion 2013,” April 19-20, 2013 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR. Register before April 5th to receive the early-bird rate. Care Connexion is a catalyst for mutual encouragement and sharing of best practice resources in member care. This conference is an excellent opportunity to network with others committed to missionary care and will focus on equipping and networking leaders to provide relevant and effective care for missionaries. Guest keynote speakers are Scott Shaum, Barnabas International and Senior Pastor Mark Hanke, Salem First Baptist Church.  For more information, visit

1) Join a Real-time Planet-wide Gathering: The Global PrayerCast

DSCN1099-webresNow you can join a planet-wide get-together real-time. On April 17th, 8:30pm EDT (7:30pm CDT, 12:30am UCT on Apr. 18th), the Unleashed for the Unreached initiative (the same group that is staging the “Wall of Unreached Peoples” as a traveling exhibit around the country) is coordinating a “live” prayer event in conjunction with other world Christians, no matter where they live on the planet. (Will there be dozens?… or scores? or hundreds? Or will there be thousands?) Legacy Christian Church (Overland Park, KS, USA) has graciously agreed to stream the event “live” to the entire planet, with live footage from 58 simul-sync’d remote prayer sites throughout the world. One of the sites will be located on the border of Lebanon. A network of over 1000 Syrians will be participating ‘live,’ praying not only for Syria, but for each of the other sites and for unreached peoples worldwide. Also confirmed, a worker in the mountains of Morocco. Another in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. There are mega-churches and churches of 20 people, all sizes, all shapes, all cultures. To learn more, visit…

or find the page on Facebook at…

There’s now a one-minute promo video to show at your church or group.

You’re invited! Take part in this event so you’ll know how to replicate it for your agency, church, denomination, or movement. (We’re not concerned about others duplicating the event. We’re PRAYING they will!) If all goes well, the PrayerCast concept will open a global convention at the Kansas City Convention Center in November (the International Conference on Missions). This is like a proof of concept and a “dress rehearsal,” all at the same time. The technology is there. We just need to utilize it to make it happen. “Lord, please make us one so that the world may be won!”

3) Help Get Even Better

The good friends at are in the process of surveying as many of their website users as possible to determine what they might do differently to better serve the missions and the greater unreached peoples community.  They are gathering feedback through a 3 minute survey at

They’d greatly appreciate your participation there. Thanks in advance.

5) Give the gift of insight (The Future of the Global Church)

The Future of the Global Church Digital Collection from Patrick Johnstone is packed with powerful insights that visually show where the church has been and where we are headed. Recently, Global Mapping made available a free graphic as an encouragement for you to buy the Digital Collection for your missionary, church or pastor. Honestly, it’s great stuff — possibly the most in-depth research you’ll find anywhere worldwide. Learn more at the GMI link below, which gives you the graphic and refers you to the link for the Johnstone resource…

6) Get 3 Free Missions Skits from Brigada

Maybe you’re promoting a missions conference, or a new Kairos or Perspectives class, or maybe your church has decided to host “The Wall of Unreached Peoples.” Now you can download for free the scripts for 3 skits that can promote, communicate, and inspire your church to get on board. Just browse to this link:

(These skits are courtesy Peg and Garen, members at Fern Creek Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks Peg and Garen!)

4) Posts New Offerings

The elves at have been busy. You can download free mobile apps, sign up for the “Unreached People Group of the Day,” study stats, learn about a traveling exhibit called “The Wall of Unreached Peoples,” download prayer cards, study all their new cool maps, get a multi-lingual overview, and even download bulletin inserts, videos, and presentations. Do it all here, at JoshuaProject.

6) Free Papers And New HQ Staff

Here’s an outreach literature team for Africa and Asia offering you their free papers and seeking new HQ staff. SOON Ministries, based in Derby UK, urgently needs 4-6 new full-time staff, if their ministry is to continue after 2015. Skills needed include writing, IT and database, administration and PR, and social media:

Meantime, you can request free copies in any reasonable quantity of their single-sheet outreach papers in easy-English, African French, African Portuguese, Swahili and Fulani dialects:

7) Internet Evangelism Day set for 21 April 2013

Internet Evangelism Day is an annual focus day and a year-round resource guide on all aspects of digital evangelism. They encourage churches, mission agencies and other groups to use the opportunity to focus on the growing range of opportunities to integrate digital into their ministries. A twice-monthly email newsletter and blog offer more resources and news. They can also offer personal consultation, conference speakers, or network you with others who can help you. Learn more at…

9) Is Global Great Commission Network Gaining Traction?

The Global Great Commission Network is a cooperative follow-up ministry of the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission Consultation.  The purpose and role of the GGCN can be summarized in the following three values:

***  The Global Great Commission Network exists to broadly encourage collaboration and partnership.

***  The Global Great Commission Network exists to stimulate worldwide mission efforts that promote the making of disciples of every people in our generation.

***  The Global Great Commission Network exists not to compete with, but to serve and support other networks and ministries.

Learn more at…

So my question is, is this network gaining traction at your church, agency or group? If so, please write a comment on our online web version. Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give.

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