BOOK: Help Your Missionaries Thrive

Help your Missionaries Thrive2

Source: GMI Books

Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference, by Ken Harder and Carla Foote (GMI Books, 2016). 96 pages.

Here’s a book for mission agency leaders, though others might be interested as well. Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference, by Dr. Ken Harder and Carla Foote, shows leaders how they can improve retention and engagement of field workers by focusing on a handful of simple but powerful leadership practices. The resource tackles challenges such as trust, feedback, listening, decision making, dealing with a crisis, life stages, and more.

This book is based on research conducted by GMI and Best Christian Workplaces, which surveyed 1,771 North American, cross-cultural field workers from seven agencies. It reveals top concerns field workers have about their agencies in the areas of personnel practices, worker involvement in decision making, and servant leadership at all levels. I found it engaging, enlightening, and practical.

» Learn more or purchase from the publisher for US$9.99 (ebook) or US$14.99 (paperback). A Kindle edition is also available on Amazon. See also a GMI infographic about helping missionaries thrive which reflects some of this research.

» Readers might also be interested in watching Knowing Who to Send: Predicting Missionary Fruitfulness and Failure, a recent webinar for church leaders from Sixteen:Fifteen.

ARTICLE: The Role of Persecution in Movements

Source: The Long View

“Recently, in South Asia, I was interviewing leaders of a major movement. One of the questions I asked was: over your years of ministry, what habits, disciplines, or mindsets have helped you to endure in ministry and eventually become fruitful? The question was being translated and was eventually shortened to, ‘over the years, what has helped you grow in ministry?’ (which is similar but not quite the same thing and led to some interesting answers). One of the leaders, without pausing a second, answered: ‘Persecution.’ ”

» Read about six effects of persecution and four ways we can respond. See also other articles and resources from Justin Long.

ONLINE COURSE: Travel Safety

Source: Sarus Global

Looking for security training for yourself of a short-term team you may be sending out? Check out Sarus Global, which offers reasonably priced online courses designed to prepare students, mission teams, and professionals for traveling overseas. There’s even a course just for solo female travelers. We read about this in Brigada Today, and they added this endorsement:

“They are a faith-based company focusing mainly on mission groups traveling abroad. They are partnered with Good Neighbor Insurance and Standards of Excellence. The CEO spent ten years working for the U.S. Department of State working at embassies training and evaluating threats in foreign countries. The owner’s husband is still involved in law enforcement at a very high level. They’re the real deal.”

» Learn more or sign up for courses.

» See also Crisis Consulting International and Morton Security Solutions (and their seminars on this month’s events calendar). Looking for resources to help you think biblically about risk? See the blog of  Anna Hampton, author of the upcoming book, Facing Danger: A Guide through Risk.

EVENT: Support Raising Leaders Conference

Source: Support Raising Solutions

Involved in equipping new ministry workers, particularly in the area of raising support? Check out Climb, a training event for those who train or coach others in support raising. It will be held October 11-14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference will feature an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions, interactive panels, and time for for networking.

» Learn more or register for the event. Sign up this week (by April 30) for an early-bird discount and check out other resources from SRS (like Steve Shadrach’s book, The God Ask).

» Also see this free course on relationship-based fundraising from YWAM.

BOOK: Well Sent

Source: CLC Publications

Well Sent: Reimagining the Church’s Missionary-Sending Process, by Steve Beirn with George Murray. CLC Publications, 2015.

I’ll let this book speak for itself:

“Sending out missionaries has fallen on hard times. Traditionally strong sending countries are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the need for cross-cultural workers. Some postcolonial theology has valued indigenous culture and leaders to the point of becoming anti-missionary. With the emergence of partnerships, the international justice movement, compassion ministries and supporting nationals, sending is more frequently perceived as an outdated ministry paradigm. The perception of sending and the urgency to send has changed over the last twenty to thirty years. This has impacted the ability of churches to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission.

“This book seeks to elevate the role of the local church in the sending effort. The trend in missions today is to place the individual at the center of the sending process. Sometimes the agency is placed at the center. This book places the local church at the center of the sending process. Positioning the church at the center is not only biblically sound, it accomplishes what the individual or agency cannot easily do. It increases the flow of the workers and resources needed to accomplish the task.”

My Pioneers teammates and I appreciated this brief, practical book and hope to share it with many of our church partners. Read it; you might want to do the same.

» Learn more or get a copy. It’s US$12.99 in paperback or $US9.99 for the Kindle edition.

» See also Reimagine Your Missions Team (article from Catalyst Postings).

EVENTS: Conference, Training, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

May 2 to September 4, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

May 4-7, International Wholistic Missions Conference (Phoenix, AZ, USA). From the Global CHE Network.

May 5, Planning for Safety on Short-Term Mission Trips (online). Webinar from Mission Nexus.

May 10, Are Compassion Ministries Truly Compassionate? (online). Free, web-based, interactive conversation from The Mission Table.

May 11-12, Interchange (Philadelphia, PA, USA). Bringing church and agency personnel together. Topic: Missions and money. Provided by Catalyst Services.

May 12, CFO: Comprehensive Financial Orchestrator (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

May 12-14, Christian Community Health Conference (Oklahoma City, OK, USA). Provided by the Christian Community Health Fellowship.

May 13-14, People Raising Conference (Oak Brook, IL, USA). Be equipped for raising personal support.

May 13-14, Prayer and Spiritual Warfare ConneXion (Portland, OR, USA). Training event provided by Mission ConneXion.

May 15, International Day for the Unreached (international).

May 15, Global Day of Prayer (global). An annual event.

May 17-18, Support Raising Bootcamp (Pasadena, CA, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

May 18, Short Term Missions Trips | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (online). Free webinar from Sixteen:Fifteen.

May 18-20, Crisis Management Seminar (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

May 19-21, Target Hardening and Resiliency Seminar (Tucson, AZ, USA). Provided by Morton Security Solutions.

May 19-21, Global Children’s Ministry Equip Conference (Chiang Mai, Thailand). An annual event.

May 23 to June 4, Darshan (Chicago, IL, USA). Hindu evangelism training from Christar.

May 26, Women in Leadership: The Lay of the Land and Best Practices (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

May 26-29, Serving Internationals (Estes Park, CO, USA). Annual conference by the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI).

May 27 to June 4, Single Vision Retreat (Lisbon, Portugal). A member care program for singles in the mission community.

June 1-3, Crisis Management Seminar (Columbus, OH, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

June 3-4, The Justice Conference (Chicago, IL, USA). Annual event to promote dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.

June 3-13, Refresh! (Thailand). Retreat for cross-cultural workers. Provided by Heartstream Resources.

June 6-17, ACQUIRE (Joplin, MO, USA). Language and culture acquisition training for cross-cultural workers provided by TRAIN International.

June 6 to July 5, 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus (global).

June 6 to August 14, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

June 7-11, Sahara Challenge (St. Paul, MN, USA). Intensive training for ministry to Muslims, from Crescent Project.

June 7-28, Mobile Ministry Course (online). Provided by the Mobile Ministry Forum several times a year.

June 14, How Should Followers of Christ Respond to Radical Islam? (online). Free, web-based, interactive conversation from The Mission Table.

June 15, Business As Mission (online). Free webinar from Sixteen:Fifteen.

June 19, World Refugee Sunday (international). Churches praying for refugees and displaced people. Some also observing this event June 26.

June 20 to September 11, Encountering the World of Islam (online). Course on embracing Muslims with the love of Christ.

June 22 to July 2, Breathe Conference (Wilderswil, Switzerland). Ten-day retreat for renewal and encouragement for cross-cultural workers.

June 23-24, Legacy Conference (Grand Rapids, MI, USA). A conference about Muslims, missions, and the heart of God; provided by Horizons International.

June 23-25, National African-American Missions Conference (Vienna, VA, USA).

June 28-29, Support Raising Bootcamp (Plano, TX, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

June 28-30, Amplify Conference: Multiplying Evangelism in the Local Church (Wheaton, IL, USA). Sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.

» View the calendar or submit an addition or correction.

Resource Reviews


In This Issue:

  1. PODCAST: New Episodes from the Global Missions Podcast
  2. BOOKLET: 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
  3. EVENT: OnMission Virtual Mission Conference
  4. BOOK: The North American Mission Handbook
  5. EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Training, and More

Dear readers,

I’ve had a busy spring writing, traveling, and teaching Perspectives classes, and now I’m on the cusp of completing a Master’s degree I’ve been chipping away at since 2011. So as I pulled together resources for today’s edition, I was particularly grateful for resources that fit well into this way of life: podcasts to listen to on the go, prayer tools to lift my eyes from the headlines to the heavens, and events I can participate in from my computer or mobile device. Maybe those appeal to you, too!

Today’s resources are great for church mission leaders. Please pass them on to others you know who can put them to use.


PODCAST: New Episodes from the Global Missions Podcast

Source: Global Missions Podcast

Several months ago we gave a shout-out to the Global Missions Podcast. Rob Magwood and his team recently posted a few episodes that might interest those leading mission efforts in a local church. Listen to the podcasts and/or check out the show notes for helpful tips and practical tools you can use:

See also the recording of a recent webinar from 16:15 on How Senior Pastors Catch Missions Vision, with Ellen Livingood of Catalyst Services and Pastor Lane Harrison of Lifepoint Church in Ozark, Missouri.

» Another podcast we mentioned has made a move and a name change. See Muslims, Christians & the Zombie Apocalypse (“We want to offer a new narrative about the intersection of Muslims and Christians without making everyone feel like we are on the verge of a Zombie Apocalypse!”)

BOOKLET: 30 Days Muslim Prayer Guide 2016

30 days prayer

Source: World Christian

June 6 to July 5 will be the 25th time Christians worldwide will unite to pray for and learn about our world’s Muslim neighbors. This year’s full-color informative prayer guide booklets are now available. More than 80,000 of them are regularly ordered in North America by churches from many denominations as well as other ministries, prayer groups, and individuals.

» In North America? Order from World Christian. An International English version can also be downloaded as a PDF for US$2.50 from 30 Days International.