Mobilization

6) What if We All Moved our Mission Headquarters Overseas?

In some ways, it might go better for us. Take a look at this agency in Málaga, Spain.

 

www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/may/malaga-refugees-startup-entrepreneurship-tech-hub-spain.html

 

(Thanks for pointing us to this story, Mark.) I remember Christar from years ago. They’ve found an innovative solution for relevance and social responsibility, while retaining their long-term value and direction. Love it. Setting the bar high for the rest of us. : ) What’s YOUR take on locating your mission agency HQ overseas?

 

8) We Love the Idea Behind this Collaboration in Mission Mobilization

This collaborative event that Missio Nexus is hatching out seems like an awesome idea. The goal is to figure out what are the obstacles for health church/agency relations in regard to recruiting new workers, then clarify roles for an effective pipeline. Next, the event wants to formulate win/win propositions for both the agency and the church and then build a strategic roadmap for the future. This is great stuff – and Missio Nexus is exactly the org to do it. Mark Stebbins (the facilitator) is the perfect person to facilitate and Kansas City is an excellent location. I’m (Doug) going to ask someone from our agency to be there – and we’re going to offer to pay the way for someone from a close partner church. What about YOUR agency/church partnership? Learn more at…

 

missionexus.org/events/#!event/2019/11/11/building-outstanding-church-mission-agency-relations-in-mobilization-mobilization

 

12) This Truck Tailgate Was Designed by a 69-yr-old With No College Degree

Imagine one of the most innovative vehicle inventions coming out of the motor vehicle industry in years. Instantly, our minds go to complicated millennial engineers with advanced training in post-grad CAD-cam design, right? Try a 69-year-old hardware-based guy with no college education. Interestingly, my son, Caleb, tipped me (Doug) off on this story (Thanks Caleb) and it’s nothing short of amazing. Because it took years to launch, it had to be kept top-secret. It’s honestly one of the greatest innovations of our time.

 

www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/05/18/gm-multipro-tailgate-pickup-sierra-denali/3669381002/

 

It prompted us to wonder… what innovations do we miss because we discount the potential contribution of a discounted team member. He or she might be young or old, educated or not so much, from a Global North land or not so much, holding a cup of coffee or not… you see, it really is tough to tell. Tomorrow’s innovations are sometimes trapped inside the heads and hearts of people longing for meaning, longing to contribute — if asked. Our challenge is to find them and help them unleash their ideas and imagination, along with their energy and impact. Today, while you work, please try to think outside the box about those on your team — and those not *yet* on your team. Who is your next “Jim Gobart” waiting to be unleashed?

 

6) Having A Hard Time Finding Missionary Candidates?

Brigada featured this book before but now it’s available in audiobook (for those of us who prefer to listen to a book). “Commission To Every Nation: How People Like You are Blessing the Nations,” a US and Canada based interdenominational missionary sending agency, doesn’t advertise or recruit but has found a way to find a steady stream of missionary applicants. The founder explains what they do that is working for them. Check it out at

 

https://www.amazon.com/Commission-Every-Nation-Blessing-Nations/dp/0998508594

12) Is Missio Nexus Becoming the New ACMC? Finally.

Finally, somebody might be stepping up to the plate to fill the gap for what we all used to call, ACMC. Have you seen, for example, the Missio Nexus media collection at…

 

missionexus.org/media/

 

It’s HUGE!!! And look at some of those titles! For example, “Mapping Church Missions: A Compass for Ministry Strategy.” This is *exactly* the kind of title ACMC might have produced back in the 80s. Unfortunately, as we’ve mentioned before, ACMC is no more — but Missio Nexus …. IS! : ) Hats off to Ted, Annette, and all the folks at Missio Nexus for filling this void.

 

2) What One Word Would You Use to Sum Up These Prayercast Videos?

Let’s do a contest to pick out one single word that you would use to sum up all these Prayercast videos coming out daily. See the whole list of them with links by clicking to …

 

prayercast.com/love-muslims-home.html

 

and scrolling down until you see the 30 or so videos listed. Just remember that on each of those pages, there are sometimes yet *other* videos which are equally gripping.

 

Once you’ve checked them out, please click a comment to give your one word. We’ll start with this word on our end:

 

Amazing.

 

(Just remember to pray as you watch.)

 

3) "More Disciples" (the Book) Now Available on Audible.com

Are you the type that you would rather listen to an oral retelling of a book rather than sit down to read it? Do you have blurred vision by the time you get home at night? Want to make better use of your 15-minute commute to work? Regardless of the case, we hope you’ll make good use of the new book, More Disciples, now available in audio form on Audible.com. In fact, Audible has teamed up with DMM training globally by agreeing to donate $75 for every new Audible customer that signs up at this link:

 

www.audible.com/pd/B07RQVN63F/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-151337&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_151337_rh_us

 

Let us repeat that one more time: If you’re a new Audible customer and you use the above link to sign up, you will pay the absolutely normal price for Audible. (In fact, we think you get the first month free.) But once you continue your membership (and become a paying customer), Audible has teamed up to sponsor future DMM trainings and/or the translation of the Zúme course (a web-driven online and in-life experience which ALSO trains participants in the very same DMM principles as in live trainings). If just 10 people sign up, they’ll contribute $750! And there’s no upper limit. (They must appreciate you, new customers.) And from what we understand, you get to listen to many (most?) titles on Audible.com at no extra charge. It’s… all you can eat oral-storytelling on steroids!

 

Or — you can just purchase More Disciples at the price they set. Any proceeds from the sale of the audio book (or the Kindle version or the print version) also go toward DMM trainings. Zero money goes to the authors personally. Learn more at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

 

More Disciples is published by WIGTake (“What’s it going to take?”), a publishing company launched by David Garrison. The purpose of the book is to help you figure out how to make and multiply disciples, groups (churches), leaders, and movements in the land(s) you love. It’s written by Doug Lucas, with an introduction and epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and the foreword by David Garrison.

 

5) What’s Your Take on BlessEveryHome and MappingCenter?

We’re guessing you’ve already seen…

 

blesseveryhome.com

 

and/or

 

mappingcenter.net

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting to know some of the people behind these sites. It’s actually rather amazing to see the deep-seated passion for Christ merged with tactical skill and vision. So what’s your take on what they’re creating? Can you imagine the day when we can take this kind of thing globally? Whoa. Give us your take. Can anyone see any possible downside in this? Can you briefly tell us a success story in using one of these tools at your church, outreach or org?

 

7) You Must have Just About All Registered for Missio Nexus

…because they’ve just cited the outstanding earlybird registration momentum as being reason enough to *extend* the earlybird discount to Tuesday, June 4th. And why *wouldn’t* you want to register? Just about everybody else is going to be there, including speakers like of speakers including Dr. Jay Gary, Ed Stetzer, K.A. Ellis, Preshan De Visser, James Kelly, Andrew Brunson, and many others. Here’s our dare: Ask one of your peers… a missions agency CEO, a church missions leader, a mobilizer concerned about the nation, the point person at your agency home office who deals with finances and/or legal matters… just ask them. Say something like, “Hey — I’ve been hearing about this ‘Missio Nexus’ thing in Orlando. Are you going to that?” Honestly. Try it. Studies have shown that 3 out of 4 people you ask will say they’re already registered. So our question is — how do we encourage the remaining 25% in the midst of their feelings of being left out in the cold? Answer: Send them to this link:

 

missionexus.org/future-mission/

 

(That big exhale-sound you’re hearing is a collective sigh of relief on the part of the final 25%, realizing that they can get the earlybird discount too.)

 

14) The Last Bit: PrayerCast’s Daily Videos Are Award-Winning

Well, it’s official. Brigada has to come up with a new award — and the people behind Prayercast (including OneWay, a family of media and missions ministries based in Napierville, IL, including its Founder and Executive Director, Michael Thompson, and Darrow, as well) have to win it. Their vision is “To see multitudes come to a saving faith in Christ as His people joyfully engage in reaching them,” and, we have to say, in our opinion, there is no doubt they are contributing greatly to that end. Their mission is “To activate people to exalt Jesus Christ and advance His gospel to the multitudes.” All you have to do is watch just ONE of their videos and we think you’ll be convinced. And during this Ramadan, they’ve worked hard to prepare the most amazing prayers, combined with fantastic original music sound tracks, overlaid by out-of-this-world video footage (who knows how they obtained or created all this). Please — just watch one with us. Here’s one about Muslim men:

 

prayercast.com/men.html

 

The crazy thing is — they create and give away all their content (when do these people ever make any money?), and it’s better, actually, than anything we could buy anyway. When we watch these videos, we aren’t just prompted to pray. We are *drawn* into praying. What if all 7500 of us bow right now, giving thanks for their work? What if we all join together to pray that God would bless *them* so they can bless others. We can’t *afford* to lose Prayercast. But we pray that will never happen — that God will bless them and multiply their efforts (and their resources) many times over. Learn more at…

 

prayercast.com

 

We noted that there is a “Donate” button upper right — and we decided to make a donation today in light of their quality work. We only wish it could have been more than it was. We encourage others to consider doing the same.

3) “Love Muslims” Launches May 5th: 130 New “Pray for Muslims” Videos!

The folks at PrayerCast are asking you to take part in the most comprehensive and compelling Muslim-focused prayer resource the world has ever seen. Over the month of Ramadan, they plan to release over 130 new 4-5 minute videos, all designed to lead the Body of Christ in focused, strategic, passionate prayer for the Muslim world. Each video is led by a former Muslim who now follows Jesus! They’re rallying the Church around the world to join them in prayer each day during Ramadan. Take a look…

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

Invite, share and sign up. Here’s a sneak peak:

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

4) Try this Prayer Moment at Your Next Church or Group Meeting

On April 11 the Sudanese military ousted president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. But the unrest started back in 2018, when protests over living standards and shortages led to calls for his resignation. Even now the upheaval continues, as many reject the military-led transitional council and call for a civilian administration.

 

This is yet another critical and fragile moment in Sudan’s history.

 

Conflict and war have been an almost non-stop reality for the Sudanese. Yet through decades of turmoil, the Gospel has spread, and the small Sudanese Church has matured through suffering.

 

Even so, most Sudanese remain Muslim. Over 50% have never heard of Jesus. And the nation remains less than 1% evangelical.

May this critical moment of transition open a door for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach over 20 million Sudanese who have yet to hear it!

 

Get started today at…

 

www.prayercast.com/sudan.html

1) To Understand Millennials, What if we All Read this Free Excerpt:

What if our entire Brigada family went to this link and read just the first chapter of the book, “Millennials and the Mission of God, A Prophetic Dialogue” by Andrew F. Bush and Carolyn C. Wason. Then, after reading, what if we commented our take on the free excerpt (pages 1-19). (Some of us might actually order the whole book!) Once we’re done, maybe we’ll have some helpful dialogue to understand not only how to relate to this young and daring generation, but how to help them change the world in which we live. : ) Will you accept the dare?

 

play.google.com/books/reader?id=USA6DwAAQBAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA2

11) New JoshuaProject Video will Stir Your Church/Team/Org to Pray

Extraordinary prayer doesn’t come by accident. It’s not something we stumble upon. It’s something we have to seek. Joshua Project has helped us stir hearts with their new little 3-minute video at…

 

https://vimeo.com/311331983

 

Would you consider showing it at one of your upcoming worship services? Then follow it with 2 minutes of guided prayer from the platform, followed by small group prayer in your congregation or org, perhaps for another 3 or 4 minutes after that? Yes, the entire deal will soak up 10 minutes of your sermon time but, hey — preach on “prayer around the block and around the world” and this can be your application time — and you’re already 1/3 of the way finished! : )  (Thanks for the video, Joshua Project.)

14) The Last Bit: Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming a Missionary

Howard Culbertson, Emeritus Professor of missions and world evangelism, once wrote a great piece on how, “Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming a Missionary.” We think you’ll find them entertaining. : )

 

*** 1) Ignore Jesus’ request in John 4:35 that we take a long hard look at the fields. Seeing the needs of people can be depressing and very unsettling. It could lead to genuine missionary concern.

(John 4:35 “Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

 

*** 2) Focus your energies on socially legitimate targets. Go after a bigger salary. Focus on getting a job promotion, a bigger home, a more luxurious car, or future financial security. Along the way, run up some big credit card debts.

 

*** 3) Get married to somebody who thinks the “Great Commission” is what your employer gives you after you make a big sale. After marriage, embrace the socially-accepted norms of settling down, establishing a respectable career trajectory and raising a picture-perfect family.

 

*** 4) Stay away from missionaries. Their testimonies can be disturbing. The situations they describe will distract you from embracing whole-heartedly the materialistic lifestyle of your home country.

 

*** 5) If you happen to think about missions, restrict your attention to countries where it’s impossible to openly do missionary work. Think only about North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other closed countries. Forget the vast areas of our globe open to missionaries. Never, never listen to talk about creative access countries.

 

*** 6) Think how bad a missionary you would be based on your own past failures. It is unreasonable to expect you will ever be any better. Don’t even think about Moses, David, Jonah, Peter or Mark, all of whom overcame failures.

 

*** 7) Always imagine missionaries as talented, super-spiritual people who stand on lofty pedestals. Maintaining this image of missionaries will heighten your own sense of inadequacy. Convincing yourself that God does not use ordinary people as missionaries will smother any guilt you may feel about refusing to even listen for a call from God.

 

*** 8) Agree with the people who tell you that you are indispensable where you are. Listen when they tell you that your local church or home country can’t do without you.

 

*** 9) Worry incessantly about money.

 

*** 10) If you still feel you must go, go out right away without any preparation or training. You’ll soon be home again and no one can ever blame you for not trying!

 

Do you know someone who relies on — or did you previously rely on — any of these approaches?

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