BOOK: North American Mission Handbook

Source: William Carey Library

Looking for a mission agency? Leading mission efforts at your church? Let me suggest you get your hands on a copy of this book which just came out from Missio Nexus. This edition includes not only the most extensive, up-to-date information available on more than 900 US and Canadian-based mission organizations, but also in-depth analysis on trends in North American missions.

» Learn more or purchase for US$27.99 from William Carey Library (or elsewhere). Paperback only; no electronic version.

SERVICE: Here’s Who Can Map Your Message

Source: cartoMission

Looking for maps to inform and inspire mission efforts?

The cartoMission website features custom maps with data related to religious affiliation, population, life expectantly, migration, and other topics. CartoMission has designed maps for the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Operation World, Joshua Project, Every Home for Christ, the Traveling Team, and other ministries. They’re beautiful.

» Take a look, and follow cartoMission on Twitter or Facebook. Have data to map? Contact them for help communicating your vision.

CURRICULUM: Mission Mobilization for the Global Church

Source: Storyline

Looking for a study to use in awakening or equipping a small group or class for God’s global purpose? This eight-lesson study includes short articles to read, introductory videos, scripture to explore, and discussion questions to give participants perspective and excitement about God and his work around the world.

The 70-page booklet and related videos are available in Russian, Ukranian, English, and Spanish.You may recognize the topics and themes from similar resources:

  • The Bible tells one continuous story of God as a missionary God.
  • God’s people are God’s method to complete the Great Commission.
  • God has different roles for his people to play in reaching the world.
  • How ordinary people have joined God’s missionary story throughout history.
  • The difference between reached and unreached people groups and other key mission vocabulary and terms.

» Purchase the Storyline Study for US$11.99; bulk discounts available. Get a taste by watching the videos.

» The Storyline Podcast features interviews with mission leaders focused on raising up a globalized work force. You can also find Storyline on social media channels and follow their blog.

RESOURCE ROUNDUP: Seen Around the Internet

Sources: Various

1. Missionary care: Got people serving internationally? Almost every Friday the missionary-care ministry Paracletos publishes a curated list of links to articles, events, and other resources related to missionary care. Read the latest and subscribe or follow social media streams for more.

3. Crossing cultures: Taking a team overseas? Read about Demon Possession, Missions, and the Power of Jesus’ Name. Want to be an effective cross-cultural evangelist? Try these Three Steps to Sharing the Gospel in Any Language (IMB).

3. New books: Working in or with a church? Several recent offerings are designed to help local churches engage in missions.

EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

November 2 to December 7, Foundations of Media Strategy (online). Mentored course on using social media for deeper conversations and disciple-making. Offered by Mission Media U.

November 2-4, Open B4T Expo (San Jose, CA, USA). Transforming nations through business; reaching the unreached to know and love Jesus.

November 2-4, Ethnic Ministries Summit (Charlotte, NC, USA). Organized by the Ethnic America Network.

November 2-4, Crescent Project National Conference (Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA).

November 3, Student ConneXion (Portland, OR, USA). Student missions conference geared towards students ages 10-20.

November 3-4, Check-IT-Out Fall 2017 Conference (Waxhaw, NC, USA). For IT professionals and students to explore using their skills in support of Bible translation.

November 4, Heart for Muslims Conference (New York City, NY, USA).

November 5, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (global). An annual event, also observed November 12.

November 5-17, Second Language Acquisition Course (Union Mills, NC, USA). Provided by the Center for Intercultural Training.

November 6 to March 18, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

November 8-11, Vulnerable Missions Conference (Ambridge, PA, USA). Moving beyond post-colonial dependency.

November 9-11, Global Missions Health Conference (Louisville, KY, USA). Annual event focused on medical missions.

November 10-11, The Journey Deepens (Waxhaw, NC, USA). Explore becoming a missionary. Sponsored by MissionNext.

November 13-14, Support Raising Bootcamp (Brea, CA, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

November 13-15, North American Central Asia Forum (Minneapolis, MN, USA).

November 15-16, Standards Introductory Workshop presented by Standards of Excellence in Short-term Missions (Peoria, IL, USA). A pre-conference workshop at the International Conference on Missions.

November 16, Missionary Accountability and Missionary Care (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

November 16-19, International Conference on Missions (Peoria, IL, USA). Conference of the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.

November 28-30, Your FOCUS on the World Coach Training (Minneapolis, MN, USA). Church mission coaching training from Catalyst Services.

December 5-7, Finishing the Task Conference (Lake Forest, CA, USA).

December 12-13, Support Raising Bootcamp (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

December 26-29, Chinese Mission Convention (Ontario, CA, USA).

» View the complete calendar. Please let us know about mistakes or omissions. For more about a specific event, though, you should contact the event organizers.

Case for Engaging the Unreached | Resource Reviews


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  2. BOOK: When Everything Is Missions
  3. BOOK: The New Odyssey
  4. ARTICLE: Dangerous Missions Shortcuts
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BOOK: When Everything Is Missions

When Everything Is Missions, by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison. BottomLine Media, 2017, 144 pages.

This book address the problems that arise when, as churches and the Church, we put the “missions” label on all the good things we do and support. It’s written for church and ministry leaders and all who look to clarify their own answers to questions like these:

  • What is the mission of God?
  • What is the mission of the Church?
  • Is every Christian a missionary?

Denny Spitters is Vice President of Church Partnerships for Pioneers USA, while Matthew Ellison is the founder of Sixteen:Fifteen, where he serves as President and Church Missions Coach. I should mention that I (Marti) edited the book and that it’s published by the same ministry that keeps Missions Catalyst running. Take a look.

» Pick it up from Amazon for about US$10.00. Also available on the Pioneers website. Books should ship October 1.

BOOK: The New Odyssey

The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis, by Patrick Kingsley, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017 (American edition). 368 pages.

In the begining of 2015, before migration became the year’s defining issue for much of Europe, editors at The Guardian newspaper appointed award-winning journalist Patrick Kingsley to be their first-ever migration correspondent. Though they didn’t realize it at the time, this role would give him an amazing opportunity to be a first-hand witness of the depth and breadth of the European migration crisis.

This book, based on interviews and encounters in seventeen countries across three continents, brings to life stories of refugees and other immigrants who cross the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas as well as the great expanse of the Sahara seeking hope in Europe.

Kingsley does not write from a biblical perspective and some may object to his political critique, but he does a great job blending story and analysis to paint a fascinating picture of the crisis, particularly as it unfolded in Europe in 2015.

» Learn more or purchase from Amazon (or elsewhere) for US$10-15, depending on the format. Also check your public library. A Pioneers colleague blogged about this book and another top pick on the topic, Seeking Refuge. See also A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea. The website Faith and Forced Migration published a review.

» Our friends at The Mission Table recently launched a new episode in their ongoing conversation about the American church and missions. This one deals with our response to the global refugee crisis (28-minute video).