There’s a joke about cats and dogs that conveys their differences perfectly: Dogs say, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.” Cats say, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.” Many in the church have embraced a self-centered “meology” vs. a passion for the glory of God. “Cat & Dog Theology” seeks to change that. Training to become a certified speaker happens in Nicholasville, KY, USA on December 11-13. Recently upgraded with a new “image-driven” approach, this presentation is excellent for missions speakers, mobilizers and Perspectives teachers (Lesson 2). Learn more at
Looking for a way to beef up your church’s or org’s training for candidates (short- or long-term)? Try “Equipped to Go.”
They equip organizations through a customized plan of action for short or long-term cross-cultural engagement with tools and resources to build confidence and maximum global impact. (AND… they just sent a gift to Brigada. Thank you Equipped to Go!)
Missio Nexus has opened forums for several different subject matters, including Training (moderated by Mark Morgenstern), Member Health (moderated by Brent Lindquist) and Ministry Development of Women (moderated by Wendy Wilson). More are in planning stage. These are open to staff serving with Missio Nexus member organizations only. Check it out at
(Thanks Mary Kay!)
Learn to teach English as a second language at Asia’s Center for TESOL. The next course is October 13-November 14, but you’d better click fast. There are only 2 places left. But you can always sign up for the course after that — January 5-February 6 2015. These are intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks, the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). To learn more, visit
or contact Kathy
Send a long-term team or individual to the least-reached in as little as one year. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s 5-month long Discipleship Training School
will give your mission team excellent character development, spiritual formation, and experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. Next they can attend our School of Missions
for excellent cross-cultural mission training. Contact
or call (407) 273-1667 for more information. Your church can go to the people on God’s heart.
Last edition, we talked about getting “Don’t Waste Your Life” for free at the Desiring God website. Brigada reader, Kathy, commented that, “You can get a whole lot more than that. Just do a search on the DesiringGod.org website for ‘free downloads.’ I found Desiring God, Risk is Right, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. (fully a 10-page list of downloads)! All are in PDF so they can be read with or without a Kindle. You can also get many of the Platt and Chan materials for free on their website!” (Thanks for the tip, Kathy.) To see what she means, just go to…
Also, she added, “To see ‘Multiply’ by Francis Chan, along with materials, visit…
Global Mapping has recently released a book called “Tradecraft,” which “pulls back the curtain on tools once accessible only to full-time Christian workers moving overseas and offers them to anyone anywhere who desires to live missionally. Tradecraft is a collection of 9 foundational skills that will help all of God’s people everywhere move beyond volunteerism and into partnership in mission.” Learn more here:
Be watching for Werner Mischke’s new book, The Global Gospel. It will help you explore the biblical concepts of honor and shame, then apply them to cultures all over the world, again and again. This could end up very helpful in understanding cultures that are different from our own, especially as we seek to design ways and means of presenting the gospel in a contextually-accurate form. As a result, this would be a great backdrop reading for anyone crafting presentation materials for those who come from a different culture. See a partial manuscript at…
Check out his additional resources on honor and shame here…
Here’s a TESOL training course with Asia’s Center for TESOL, October 13-November 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There are only 5 places left. Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Contact Kathy for application forms or more information:
khenwoodactesolcom or see
Then check out the training at…
It’s “a place where you learn to be a better disciple of God and learn how to help others do the same.” Note that NewWater was formerly known as “Metacamp.”
Your local church wants to send a long-term team to the least-reached. Where can they get training to go? Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando offers a 12 month path. In the 5-month long Discipleship Training School
will give your church mission team excellent character development and spiritual formation. They will also get experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. A new school starts every quarter. Then they can attend their School of Missions
for excellent cross-cultural mission training that includes topics in: biblical basis of missions, missions history, member care, language acquisition, cultural acquisition, church planting, community development, contextualization and team skills. Contact
launchteamywamorlandocom for more information.
This past week, a colleague shared quite a find:
There are tons of resources on the “Training Downloads” page. Has anyone tried these and, if so, can anyone share (in one of the Comment boxes following the web version of this item) how helpful this stuff is please? Because it LOOKS awesome… for instruction on discipleship and what it requires, the Holy Spirit, and disciplemaking movements. And it LOOKS like all this stuff is absolutely free. Could it be true?
Act Beyond is 100% focused on unreached people groups and seeing movements to Christ among them. This July 14-18, Act Beyond is offering to the public a modified version of the training their missionaries receive overseas. This course explores biblical principles of disciple making that are often overlooked, case studies of church planting/disciple making movements that are currently happening, and strategies you can use for your focus people group. It will be offered in Plano, Texas, USA. To see all of Act Beyond’s training opportunities and to register, please go to:
trainingbeyondorg with any questions.
Are you prepping to cross into a new culture? If so, you might enjoy the material at…
The seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. See the five-minute video and read all about it at the site above. You’ll be glad you did.
Between 2009 and 2014, Kairos International recorded ‘oral Bibles’ in 45 languages. An oral Bible is a recording of 70 of the core stories of the Bible from Creation to Revelation. Check out
Kairos International is now looking for young people who will give one year of their life to go to an unreached people and make an oral Bible for that people. They will reportedly train you in how to make an oral Bible, work out the logistics of how to get you to your people group, help you raise your support, send you out and stand with you to fulfill God’s call. Training will take place September 15-25, 2014. For more info, email
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando is targeting 14 countries
in the heart of the 10/40 Window. Their School of Missions
is a 12-week cross-cultural training program to help people headed for the unreached last and be fruitful. There is a way for the School of Missions to be completed with the Discipleship Training School (DTS) and the School of Ministry Development (SOMD) in one year. For more information, contact
You can go to the people on God’s heart.