Mobilization

1) Missio Nexus Offers Super Early Bird Registration for Conference

In a matter of a handful of years, the annual Missio Nexus Mission Leaders Conference has transformed from being a blip on the calendar into a must-attend event for mission leaders when it comes to planning and understanding the challenges, opportunities, and changing trends in the future of missions and the Great Commission. It’s fitting, then, that their 2019 conference is themed, “Future Mission.” It will take place all under one roof at the Caribe Royale resort hotel in Orlando, FL, Sept. 19-21. Conference organizers are offering a “Super Early Bird Discount” on registration until March 1st, 11:59pm, for $324 (meals included). This year’s conference will feature futurist Jay Gary, author Ed Stetzer, a surprise guest that we’re not supposed to mention publicly (but that you’re going to want to hear), and many others in main sessions and workshop tracks. Learn more at…

 

missionexus.org/future-mission/

 

This is THE place to gather information about tax law and A.C.A. changes for mission orgs. It’s THE place to network with CEO’s of mission organizations. It’s THE place to pick up on the latest trends AND strategies for leading your org. Plus the setting, the food, and the worship are second to none. Oh — and did we mention that the training is outstanding too? Brigada will be there and we hope you will be too. Better hurry if you want to save bucks on this Super Early Bird deal though. Only two weeks remain.

3) Reviving Evangelism Resource Now Available from Barna Research

Barna has a new book out about expectations and definitions/models for evangelism and it’s not pretty.

 

shop.barna.com/products/reviving-evangelism

 

(Thanks Tim)

 

We’ll receive the book soon, at which time we’ll write more, but for right now, we can already tell you that there has been a sea-change in our culture about the political correctness of evangelism. We’d love your thoughts on how we manage to make a radical shift before we completely lose the whole concept to some kind of Star Trek “Prime Directive” version of evangelism. (“Observe, but do not interfere.”) Please — if you have any ideas about how we help the church be the church for the uninformed, untold parts of the planet, please speak up while there’s still time.

 

Advance tip: For more background on this, see this article, entitled, “Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials say Evangelism is Wrong:”

 

www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism/

 

5) Mountain Feet Weekend discernment retreat

Mountain Feet Weekend helps you hear and respond to God’s invitation on your life so you may humbly and confidently join God’s kingdom purpose in a way which honors who you’re created to be. The next weekend is April 5–7 on in OKC. The price includes lodging, meals, materials, and the opportunity to get to know others like you who dare to live a life of eternal consequence. Register by March 31 at..

 

beautifulfeet.global/mountain-feet

10) ECMI-USA is Searching for a new Executive Director

The Board of ECMI-USA is searching for an Executive Director to provide leadership for the mobilization of workers and raising of funds for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Europe. Ministry experience in Europe, history of self-supported ministry work, and the ability to raise funds is desirable. Please send a one page-letter explaining your qualifications, your desire to apply and your resume to

ecmisearchatgmaildotcom  (ecmisearchatgmaildotcom)  

 

Visit

 

www.ECMI-USA.org

 

for more information about the org and

 

www.ecmi-usa.org/job-detailpage/9a639942-626c-4181-8404-5f94af899b9f

 

for info about the opportunity.

4) There’s a 50/50 Chance Your Millennial Friends Won’t Share Christ

Why? Because it would just… be… WRONG to do so. At least that’s what a new Barna poll found. In spite of feeling equipped to do so, nearly half of them won’t – because they think it’s wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith. Sounds like they grew up watching Star Trek re-runs and they’re afraid of violating the “Prime Directive” or something. See the Barna summary here…

 

www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism

 

Not sure how we fix this. Somehow, though, if we’re going to win the world with the help of the upcoming generations, we’ll have to remind them that Jesus gave a prime directive too. And that He’s the one who made them. (Thanks for pointing us to a new story about this, Tim!)

 

8) USA-based Missionaries Returning: Want to Keep Serving from the USA?

Missionary to Muslims? Have to leave your field? Want to keep ministering and keep your missionary supporters when you return to the U.S.? G.R.O., near Seattle, offers blogging websites and Internet radio stations to M.B.B.’s to reach Muslims. They need missionary workers in the Seattle area to help them maintain and expand their outreach. Even if you’re not technical, you’re needed. Your contacts and help are the key. To learn more, write…

mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg  (mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg)  .

or visit…

 

www.globalradiooutreach.org

11) Don’t Forget to "Seek God for the City,"

Don’t forget — Waymakers have developed a great campaign called, “Seek God for the City,” designed to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. The forty days to Palm Sunday makes an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer, March 6 – April 14, 2019. You can invite your small group, your Sunday School class, your mission org, all the missionaries you support, and/or your entire church to take part. Multiple versions are available, including in Spanish — and via an app. Learn more at…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

 

(Thanks, Betty!)

 

1) How Do You Start Your Day for Christ’s Sake? Seriously.

If you’re really trying to live your day for Christ’s sake — that is, to serve Him — how do you start it? Betty recently bubbled up an item from Crosswalk.com that gave somewhat of a formulaic start to a day. We’ve always wondered about these formulaic procedures. But maybe when we throw out formulas, we are indeed “throwing out some of the baby with the bathwater,” so to speak. In other words, is there some good to having a daily “habit” like the Crosswalk Editorial Staff suggests:

 

www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/prayers/10-morning-prayers-to-use-daily.html

 

So we’re wondering — what’s YOUR day like? When you start the day, how do you make sure you keep your eyes focused on the God of the nations? How do you make sure you’re living for Him and the Great Commission in a “never say die” approach that never waivers, never falters, never quits? Because if we could all discover that formula (if one exists), we need to bottle it, then distribute it to the masses throughout the entire Christian world. Right? Your thoughts?

8) The International Prayer Connect Monthly Journal

International Prayer Connect is a coalition of 3,000+ Christian prayer networks and organizations who share a common vision – to mobilize and equip worldwide prayer for the blessing, healing and transformation of the nations. They have a great monthly bulletin at…

 

www.ipcprayer.org/ipcnews/international-prayer-connections.html

 

You can also sign up to receive it monthly via email. It’s always packed full of helpful resources — like, in the February 2019 edition, find items on North Korea, Turkey, and the North American Prayer Summit. (Thanks Betty!)

 

2) Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God

Hats off to the Navigators. Their document, ” Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God,” is a keeper. What’s more, they’ve priced it right (free!). It’s super-handy (front and back of one sheet). You could print it on cardstock in your office or at your church and hand it out at your prayer meeting. Imagine the extra content that your participants will feel. Bravo to you, Navigators!

 

www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/navtool-names-of-god.pdf

 

(Thanks to Betty for tipping us off on this!)

9) Check out Missio Nexus’s View of Trends In This Free 3-Hour Webinar

Curious about where we are in the status of the Gospel? Wondering where we need to go next? Wondering if we’re taking UPG and UUPG people groups off the maps? Want more innovation in missions? Want to learn more about mission strategies and structures? Would you like to hear about some unique opportunities? Wondering how in the world we’ll raise up the next generation of missionaries? These topics and more are the subject of a free (free to all) webinar being staged by Missio Nexus on March 13th, 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain / 11 am Central/ 12 pm Eastern time in the USA. Take note: This webinar is open to mission leaders, church mission teams, missionaries, and anyone interested in global missions. There is no exclusivity whatsoever. In fact, you don’t even have to be a member of Missio Nexus to listen in. It’s free. It’s virtual. There are no meals to buy, no airfares to suck up your treasury, and no excuses. Just pure and simple answers. Trends. And more. It all starts here:

 

missionexus.org/onmission-2019-registration/

 

(Thanks for drawing our attention to this, Debra!)

10) Nurturing the Missions Call

1615 is presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 12 to 1pm MT. It’s entitled, “Nurturing the Missions Call,” and the main speaker is David Jacob of the Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention. The Center believes that, oftentimes, a student will receive a calling to be a missionary, but may feel unsure or scared about what to do next. This webinar will equip Pastors and Youth Pastors to help their young people keep their passion for missions and calling alive. To register, visit…

 

1615.org/event/ntmc/

3) "Seek God for the City" Now Available in Spanish: "Clama a Dios…"

Have you been following the book at Waymakers.org called, “Seek God for the City?”

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

 

If so, maybe you’re already aware that it has now released in Spanish…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/spanish-translation/

 

This allows your church to make the same great text available, with all the same scriptures, prayers, and practical ideas as the original 64-page English version. You can order copies online at…

 

waymakers.org/product/seek-god-spanish/

 

(Thanks for catching this and bubbling it up to us, Betty!)

6) Seek God for the City, March 6 – Apr. 14 via this App on Your Phone

Waymakers have developed a great campaign called, “Seek God for the City,” designed to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. You can invite your small group, your Sunday School class, your mission org, all the missionaries you support, and/or your entire church to take part. We mentioned the Spanish version above (Item 3), but in this item, we’re highlighting the app version in particular. It’s just 99 cents and you can download it to your phone or smart device wherever you normally get your apps. Just search “Seek God 2019” and you can find it for iOS, Android, and even the Kindle Fire. Learn more at…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/app/

 

(Thanks again, Betty!)

7) Have You Discovered a Rhythm That Keeps You Devoted to Prayer?

Does your organization/church/group have a rhythm that helps to keep you devoted to prayer? Betty wrote this past week, “While we all want to pray continually, there are rhythms that can keep us going. For example, the organization of which I am a member kicks off each year with 21 days of focused prayer and fasting. We begin each day as an international services staff praying in groups for designated areas of the world, leaders of those countries, organizational workers in those fields, and for the unreached. Once a week, we devote an afternoon prayer time to praying for all of the organization’s workers around the world in one fell swoop. Monthly, we devote half a day to prayer and fasting for a specific part of the world, leaders in that part of the world, the unreached and the persecuted in that part of the world, and the organization’s workers serving in that region.” We think Betty’s on to something. Would you please share the rhythms of prayer that keep you going? Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We’d love to hear YOUR group’s rhythm if it keeps you devoted to prayer!

(Thanks again, Betty!)

14) The Last Bit: Bob asks, "What about UPGs Losing Their Identity?"

This past week, we received a great question from a great friend of Brigada working in a sensitive area. We’ll call him Bob (not his real name) to protect his identity. He asked, “Hey Doug, Thanks for this week’s edition of Brigada. I’ve got a question I’d like to pose to the Great Commission community. I haven’t really seen this addressed anywhere. The question is, ‘How should we perceive and deal with people groups that are losing (have lost) their ethnic identity?’ For example, in my country of service, many of the UPGs that are on Joshua Project and other lists have become quite assimilated to the national culture. Does that mean they cease to be a UPG? If so, to what degree do they need to be assimilated in order to no longer receive a specific focus? Also, if a people group no longer speaks a unique language (or a language has become extinct), what does that mean in terms of every people, nation, TONGUE, and tribe? By the way, I’m not as interested in the linguistic side of this question as I am the question of prioritization… Should we keep such groups on the unreached lists? What is God’s heart in this matter? Does anyone have case studies or has anyone thought through this? If you post this somewhere, please remove my real name since I’m in a sensitive area. [Done!]”

 

So how would you answer Bob? If you would, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We’ll all look forward to hearing your response (and Bob, in particular, will be glad to see it).

 

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