For 300 years, world missions has been built on a foundation of “all rights reserved.” This is both legal and ethical, but has limited reach. The missions task is immense, and millions of people in thousands of people groups are still waiting to receive even one discipleship resource in their own language. There is another way to equip the global church for spiritual growth. Christians all over the world can use 21st century technology to openly collaborate in the creation of unrestricted discipleship resources in any language. This free ebook, The Christian Commons, explains the conceptual shift we need to make:
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“Good News for Muslims” is A gathering Hosted by Carl and Chris Medearis. It’s all about loving Jesus and helping others love him too. Anyone who serves Muslim friends, or is hoping to, is welcome. Spend time with Carl and others to be encouraged and empowered to love openly. The dates are July 11-12 at MountainView Community Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. The space is limited. Registration and more information are at this link – pay through PayPal (which is your registration):
Registration is $100 per person or $150 for a married couple. No childcare, so please no kids – unless they’re old enough to be involved. This price includes one meal all together. The rest of our meals will be at nearby restaurants.
The Global Congress on Business as Mission, BAM, will be a unique gathering of leaders and practitioners from all continents. It is the culmination of a yearlong think tank process engaging hundreds people from all over the world, addressing key strategic issues related to Business as Mission. Over 30 national, regional and international working groups will present cutting edge BAM practices and models and bring strategic recommendations during the Congress. The Global Congress will provide a unique ‘one-stop shop’ to meet and interact with BAM leaders from all over the world, on an unprecedented scale. It will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 25-28, 2013. For more information, visit:
Spaces are filling up fast, so if you’re interested, better register soon to ensure your place.
Are you a leader or administrator of a mission agency, a seminary, a missions training center or sending structure? Are there people in your organization that organize, manage, retrieve and/or disseminate information for strategy purposes and/or prayer mobilization? The CMIW (Global Community of Missions Information Workers) wants to extend a warm welcome to join in their efforts to promote the sharing of encouragement and information. Would you serve your information workers by forwarding this invitation to them? They can join the CMIW’s current 400+ members through their web portal
through their facebook page (Community of Mission Information Workers CMIW) or by sending an email to
email@example.com . They can begin to become connected by receiving the quarterly bulletins, which are humbly entitled “Correct Me If I’m Wrong.” CMIW is a community of practice that seeks to strengthen its members in what they do and in who they are.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (at their facilities in Warrenton, MO) is hosting a Crisis Management Seminar (CMS) in May. This 3-day leadership-oriented course which provides participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop a competent security and crisis management program. Learn more at…
Note that they’re also doing a Field Security Seminar immediately prior.
Don’t forget about SignUpGenius, a great sign-up option for anything for which you have to recruit a set number of volunteers at certain times. We have two or three events in the coming months for which we hope to use SignUpGenius again. See this sample, from a 3-day prayer vigil related to unreached peoples:
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It’s Sept. 16-19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Chesterfield, MO.
Register by June 1st to get the special discount.
… for the friend in Little Rock, AR, who sent $50 to undergird Brigada. We’re inspired and encouraged to go on! Thank you!
… for Cornerstone University and their TESL program for an encouraging gift of $100. Learn more about them at…
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In our organization, we have ‘infused’ member care to every single worker, from the person who answers the phone at our home office all the way to the caring teammate in the deepest jungle of Africa. “Every eye, every ear, and every heart…” they’re all seeking to be tuned to hurting co-workers who could use a helping hand in the journey of life. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell have given us a leg up on that challenge by making available for free their CHOPS Adjustment Inventory, recently revised (Dec. 28, 2012). What I like about the CHOPS Inventory is that it doesn’t focus merely on the struggles, nor does it try to soft-peddle the difficulties by focusing only on the successes. In fact, it looks at BOTH, along with strategies that might help the worker better manage stress in the future.
It would make sense to me to circulate the CHOPS Inventory widely. Since the O’Donnells have negated cost from the equation (by making it available at no charge), even smaller organizations and those which have infused member care among all workers (like ours) have no excuse. The CHOPS Inventory could be done organization-wide as a “spring cleaning” assessment. In additional to English, originals are available in Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Thanks, O’Donnels, as always, for your caring approach to cross-cultural work and ministry!
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