5) Need Business as Mission Resources? —

thinktankThe ‘Global Think Tank on Business as Mission’ has been bringing people together to learn more about the strategy of business as mission since it launched in 2012. The Think Tank is now releasing a series of equipping papers and reports for those interested in Business as Mission. Each of the reports covers a particular topic or geographical region and has involved collaboration by BAM leaders worldwide. Topic-focused reports published so far are: Business as Mission and Church Planting, Franchising, BAM and Human Trafficking, Hostile Environments, BAM at the Base of the Pyramid and Biblical Foundations for BAM. Geographically-focused reports include: Mongolia, Iran, Nordic countries, Haiti and the latest, “Business as Mission in and from China”. The next report to be published will be on metrics for BAM companies, looking at how we can measure spiritual, social and environmental impact, as well as the economic bottom-line.

Download reports and see all reports in series here:

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14) The BackPage: ION’s Thoughts on Best Practices; Let’s Join Them

ionI think Samuel E. Chiang is doing a great job leading the International Orality Network. I usually always glean something from each of his monthly ION Newsletters. (Learn more at

For example, his latest newsletter carried a brief article by Jerry Wiles on “Discovering Best Practices” in the field of orality. Much of his summary you can read in sites like


where you’ll find many links and resources. He reminds us that there is no single method that is the best for all people and every place. And, fittingly, in the same issue, Mark Snowden’s brief article suggested five research techniques that one can utilize to learn more about what’s working and what’s not in a particular culture or sub-culture:

*** Existing research — what’s already been done and what bearing does it bring on the Main Thing
*** Observation research — looking specifically for literate media, oral media, who reads what on the bus/subway
*** Quantitative research — random sampling as much as possible
*** Qualitative research — dialogue groups filtering the survey data
*** Interviews with leaders

Since the days of Donald McGavran and the Church Growth Movement, I’ve been fascinated by the simple concepts of trying to study how God seems to be moving in and among a certain people group and/or nation. It just makes sense that, in each sphere where we work, we ought to be looking for those common threads to find out what will help knock down obstacles for the Spirit to move among the people He wants to reach.

Your thoughts? Just click the link below to get to the web version of this item, then use the “Comments” below to share your own thoughts, opinions, or objections. We’d love to hear your view.


14) The BackPage: Feedback from the Field

Visiting the field helps keep one fresh and “plugged-in” to the issues affecting our global workers. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling through Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Here are three sample issues I’ve picked up on. Are these affecting your field too? What’s your take on them?

*** Living in an age of political uncertainty — It’s always been dicey out there in certain fields. However, since the terrorist bombings in Kenya and the attacks on 9/11, since Afghanistan and Iraq, and since the so-called Arab Awakenings, …is it my imagination, or are we living in a time more unstable, politically and economically, and ever before? This creates added stress for cross-cultural workers, who already had more stress than they needed just dealing with language, culture, and strategy.

*** Will community transformational ministries speed up or slow down the establishment of strong church-planting movements (CPM’s) — In the CPM’s that Garrison studied, he concluded that they seemed to swirl around the “10 universals” that he discovered. (Read more at… )

At one point, he even went so far as to say that the movements that he studied didn’t result from community projects. Do you have any experience with CPM’s that DID come about by transformational service projects?

*** Paying nationals — Is it my imagination, or are more and more churches (in missionary sending lands) wanting to support the work of nationals from other countries rather than sending out members of their own homeland? In their zeal to do so, are they sometimes resorting to the equivalent of paying the salaries of national pastors and, if so, is this bad strategy for growing the indigenous church?

We appreciate your feedback and input on these issues. If you have an opinion, please click “Comment” in the online (web) version of Brigada and tell us what you think. You can always do so anonymously if you choose. Thanks in advance for participating!

1) Free Strategy Design Resource —

Wow. I’m serious. If you have anything to do with putting together plans to reach unreached peoples, RUN, don’t walk, to this site:

This Orville Boyd Jenkins dude has amassed a TON of resources for us. I’m thinking… who DOES this??? Where have you seen a broader stack of tools for learning about a country, a people, a worldview, and how to reach them???? (Thanks to Eric and Jeff for this tip.)

1) “Leading a World Missions Church” Seminar —

With 7 billion people now living on earth, what can churches do to most effectively reach them with the gospel? The “Leading a World Missions Church (LAWMC)” seminar is designed to help the local church do what it has been commissioned to do, strategically and significantly. This 2-day seminar will emphasize the responsibility of the local church in world missions and provide practical suggestions for implementing a church strategy, strategically selecting locations, proactively selecting missionaries, significantly supporting in finances and missionary care, educating the church through missions conferences, planning and leading short term missions trips, and much more. It’s designed for pastors, lay leaders, agency representatives, and everybody else and will take place May 7-8, 2011 at Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA. Register and learn more at


or email


4) Breakthrough!: Field Research for Kingdom Gain —

I’m loving my study of the book by Stan Nussbaum, entitled, “Breakthrough: Prayerful Productive Field Research in Your Place of Ministry” (published by GMI). In this 2nd edition, Nussbaum outlines how to get into position for insight, frame your concern, brainstorm and guess, get strategy right, prepare great questions, hunt & gather, draws insights from information, convert all the above into conclusions and recommendations, take inspired action, and watch God’s glory break through. You can learn more at…


Stan and company will even come and help you “live and in person” on sight. This is a great idea for workers that are having trouble adapting, but didn’t want to admit it. Hats off to GMI for creative problem-solving, which has generated a new realm of information-sharing.

10) Wish I Could Attend this Strategic Partnership Meeting… —

I’d learn all I could about how to stage them, then try to replicate what I learned (for all the other projects for which I’m praying and working). Unfortunately, it comes at a time when I can’t attend. Would someone participate in it, then write up a 5-page or so report on how they stage it?… that we could post here on Brigada? Obviously, we wouldn’t want to publish anything secure. I’m talking more about the framework, the organization, the session layouts, etc. Anyone willing? Anyone already going?

2) “Your Focus on the World” 3-ring Notebook —

Hats off to Catalyst Services for producing their new 3-ring notebook, “Your Focus on the World.” Learn more at…

Using this guide, you’ll be able to Launch/Join powerful, strategic global initiatives that will achieve exponentially more because they connect churches to expanding efforts around the world, avoid some costly mistakes—such as choosing the wrong partners or going it alone, assuming unrealistic expectations, creating dependency, etc., multiply involvement of lay members, especially younger generations whose interests and motivations do not connect with traditional missions, and increase the recruitment of longer-term missionaries and the funding of strategic projects. (Thanks to Catalyst Services for undergirding Brigada with a $100 gift this past week!)

7) Missions Strategy Resource on the Web

You can now access for free on the web all the materials you need to help a church develop or rethink their missions strategy. This may be especially timely if the church is changing or moving toward becoming more missional or outreach oriented.

A Leader’s Guide, Participant Workbook, Strategy Template, PowerPoint Presentation, and 60-minute webinar overview are included. Additional supplemental materials can be accessed for a cost. Or you can purchase the whole shebang on a CD.

To access these materials go to

Send your feedback by clicking on “Comment” below.

6) Connecting with Jesus’ Mission

connection2010One of our core human needs is to be connected. For this reason, FollowOne International is hosting a gathering February 5-7, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Connection2010 will provide an interactive, worshipful, grace-filled environment where Christ followers, worship leaders and church leaders can more intimately connect with Jesus, His body and His mission.

Some of the topics that will be addressed are church mission team strategies, worship and outreach, international student ministry, and ministry in the Muslim world. Some of the speakers are Steve Richardson (Pioneers), Dick McClain (The Mission Society), Buddy Hoffman (Grace Church, Snellville GA), James Loftin (FollowOne International), and Steve Dortch (Bridges International). Generous partners have provided funding to significantly discount the conference cost. For more information contact the organizers at (407)366-8485 or

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4) Vulnerable Mission

The AVM (Alliance for Vulnerable Mission), that in early 2009 held eight regional conferences in the USA and Europe, wrote recently to express its opinion that, whenever possible, outreach should be conducted in the local national language whenever possible. It ensures that people being reached remain free to use familiar categories in important debates, forcing the outside missionary rather than locals onto difficult cultural learning curves. Ministries developed without start-up money are more likely to be locally ‘owned.’ For more information on this vital new approach to mission write to

4) Momentum Magazine Moves To Strategic Network

Have you noticed that Justin Long has moved his content from Momentum Magazine over to Strategic Network? (Thanks Wilma!) See the site at:

The model here seems to be that there is much free content, while other content is shared as “premium content,” available only after sponsoring Strategic Network for $20/year. If you have comments on this site, or this paradigm for supporting it, please click the comment link below.

6) Harvest Multiplication Training (Strategy Coordinator Training)

This is a two-week course suitable for anyone focusing on unreached people groups or cities. Become equipped to answer the question: “What actually needs to be done for ALL of this people group or city to have access to the Gospel and have multiple Church Planting Movements (CPMs) among them?” Interact in response to case studies presented, develop plans and run with the vision the Lord is giving you to reach the lost. Move from ‘vision’ to ‘harvest’ and from ‘mobilization’ to ‘implementation.’ Join the organizers in Chiang Mai, Thailand in October (write to

or North Africa in November (contact

Browse to

for up-to-date locations, costs and information.

8) Don’t Forget About Harvest Multiplication Training

Another term you could use is “Strategy Coordinator Training.” It’s a two-week course suitable for anyone focusing on unreached people groups and cities. Train and become equipped to answer the question: “What actually needs to be done for *all* of this people group or city to have access to the Gospel and have multiple Church Planting Movements (CPMs) among them?” Invest yourself in a course and a learning environment where you can interact in response to material and case studies presented, develop plans and run with the vision the Lord is giving you to reach the lost. Move from ‘vision’ to ‘harvest’ and from ‘mobilization’ to ‘implementation.’ Get it in Thailand in October by writing

or North Africa in November

Or browse to
for up-to-date locations, costs and information.

6) Harvest Multiplication Training

It’s slated for 6-17 October, ’08, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Harvest Multiplication Training course, also known as Strategy Coordinator course, will train you to look at a whole people group, 4K zone or city and equip you to answer the question: “What actually needs to be done for *all* of this people group, 4K Zone or city to have access to the Gospel and have multiple Church Planting Movements (CPMs) among them?” This course is not a series of lectures to endure, rather a learning environment where you can interact in response to material and case studies presented, develop plans and run with the vision the Lord is giving you to reach the lost. You will be equipped to “Move from Vision to Harvest and from Mobilization to Implementation”. This training is suitable for: new Strategy Coordinators (SCs), trainers, regional and area leaders, people engaging 4K Omega Zones, existing Strategy Coordinators, anyone focusing on large population segments and needing tools to focus on reaching the lost. For more info email

The organizers strongly encourage couples, if applicable, to attend the training together.
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