Source: Moving Works
Looking for free, well-made, films that lift up Jesus and tell personal stories? Moving Works, a non-profit ministry in Austin, Texas, has quite a few you may be able to use. Films include two-minute shorts, some simply scripture with music and images, like Run the Race. Others capture short testimonies of God’s work in people’s lives, like Spirit of Prayer, which shares how God is stirring Egyptians to pray.
Blessed, eight minutes long, tells the moving story of a young missionary couple anticipating the birth of their first child and how it changed their lives and ministry. Disciples is a 15-minute film about two Brazilians transformed by God’s grace (in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles). Some of the videos are also available in other languages.
On January 29, Moving Works will release a 44-minute film called The Foremost, their most ambitious film to date. It tells the story of a Cambodian pastor who escaped the clutches of the Khmer Rouge regime only to return with a message of forgiveness.
By the way, they’re always looking for great stories of what God has done around the world and for partners to help with translation, so feel free to contact them.
» Visit Moving Works to learn more and view or download videos.
Source: Thomas Nelson
Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery, by David Watson and Paul Watson. Thomas Nelson: 2014. 256 pages.
Perhaps you read Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus, or The Father Glorified: True Stories of God’s Power through Ordinary People (which goes beyond the Muslim world). We reviewed both when they were released. The recently released companion volume, Contagious Disciple Making, covers the nuts and bolts of how people in any context can make disciples who make disciples by investing heavily in prayer, engaging with lost people, finding people of peace, starting discovery Bible studies, and more.
This highly practical book also deals head-on with how the methods the authors advocate differ from many standard practices used in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Depending on whether you accept these practices and the reasoning behind them, you may see that as either the book’s strength or its weakness. Either way, it’s clear that the kind of results the authors encourage readers to seek could not come about by doing things the same way we always have. Read and be challenged.
» Preview the table of contents, read some helpful reviews, or purchase the book from Amazon (or elsewhere) for US$7.59 (Kindle) or US$10.43 (paperback).
Source: GMI Books
Where There Is Now a Church: Dispatches from Christian Workers in the Muslim World, edited by James Nelson. GMI Books, 2015. 210 pages.
Just released from GMI, Where There Is Now a Church provides seven case studies showing how God has established churches and church-planting movements among some of the world’s Muslim peoples. Each case study is accompanied by thoughtful discussion questions and a list of the church planting practices it illustrates. An appendix, more than 50 pages long, explains, categorizes, and describes a more complete list of 68 “fruitful” practices for evangelism and church planting in Muslim settings.
This readable and encouraging book would be a great resource for church planters to read and discuss with teammates. It may also be of interest to future church planters, students, missiologists, and supporters. The language is non-technical, the stories are written in an engaging way, and many of the practices could also be applied in non-Muslim contexts.
Though it can stand alone, this book is the sequel to a helpful 2010 publication, Where There Was No Church; you may want to read them both as well as From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues among Muslims (2nd edition). All three are based on the work of a multi-agency team that conducts primary research, analyzes data, and trains field workers in fruitful practice principles.
Source: TRAIN International
TRAIN International in Joplin, Missouri has long been on our list of places to send cross-cultural workers for training in language and culture acquisition and help with debriefing and re-entry. But they also offer seminars for churches.
ACCESS (“Assisting and Coaching Churches to Effectively Send and Sustain”) is a weekend workshop designed to help local churches move to the next level with their current missions strategy and learn how to better care for their missionaries so they may more effectively partner with them on the field. Your local church can discover ways to raise the bar of your missions program or discover a place to start if you don’t have one.
February 4-7, International Conference on Computing and Mission (De Betteld, Netherlands). An annual event.
February 5, Missionary Effectiveness and Intercultural Competence (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.
February 6-8, Missionfest Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB, Canada). Free, annual, community-based mission festival for all ages.
February 7, Beyond the Veil (Bloomington, MN, USA). Seminar on ministering to Muslim women, from Crescent Project.
February 12-15, TENTmaking Course (Korntal, Germany). Provided by Tent Norway and Global Opportunities.
February 13-16, World Christian Conference (Boulder Creek, CA, USA). An annual West-coast event sponsored by The World Christian Fellowship – mobilizing Asian-American Christians (and those who identify with them) to disciple all nations.
February 15-18, 19-22, Thrive Retreats (Phuket, Thailand). For North American women serving cross-culturally.
February 16-17, Support Raising Boot Camp (Atlanta, GA, USA). From Support Raising Solutions.
February 18 to March 29, Seek God for the City (global). Annual 40-day prayer campaign. Materials available from WayMakers.
February 19, Churches Shaping the Missions Journey (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.
February 20-21, Midwest Conference on Missionary Care (Roseville, MN, USA).
February 20-22, Missions Fest Alberta (Edmonton, AB, Canada). Free, annual, community-based mission festival for all ages.
February 26, Frontier Mobilization: The Powerful Potential of the Unsent (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.
February 27, Cross Conference (online). Free, live simulcast featuring powerful worship and speakers; geared for young adults.
February 28, Bridges Seminar (Dayton, OH, USA). Building bridges to reach Muslims. Provided by Crescent Project.
Happy New Year!
As a service to readers, Missions Catalyst compiles and maintains an online calendar of mission-related events across the US and around the world. It includes a list of 2015 conferences, seminars, classes, retreats, and more.
Maybe you would like to attend some of these events or tell a friend about them. Or perhaps you are planning an event of your own and wonder what else might be going on those days. If you know about an event that would interest our readers and should be added to the calendar, let us know. We will post and send out updates as the year goes on.
The countdown to Christmas is on! Focus your family on God’s global heart and purposes this advent season. Jesus came to redeem all peoples. Create an Advent Prayer Chain and set aside time each day to intercede for those who have never heard the gospel. Each link of the chain represents a people group – tribal, Hindu, unreligious, Muslim, or Buddhist – with simple descriptions and prayers in child-friendly language.
Nice job, Weave: an easy, kingdom-focused craft project and holiday decoration all in one!
» Karen at Weave also told us about “a pretty cool prayer journal for families to pray for the world.” Check out 40 Days 40 Bites: A Family Guide to Pray for the World, written by Trudi Parkes of WEC. Available in the US from Amazon for US$7.03.
Source: Catalyst Services
Postings is a free, monthly e-newsletter of thoughtful and practical articles for church mission leaders. All the articles are posted on the web so you can download and share them with your missions team and other leaders. Take a look at these editions from 2014:
- Charting the Path: Guiding future workers toward global engagement.
- Supporting Home Staff: Should churches fund headquarters personnel?
- Missionary Care: Where does a church begin?
- The Generosity Movement: Can it really benefit world missions?
- Using Your Church’s Global DNA: Seven churches share how they use their unique traits.
- Engage the Professionals in Your Church: Ten keys to involving leader-level adults in missions.
- Evaluating ST Team Impact: A tool to analyze strategic results.
- Avoiding Duplication: How Western churches can avoid redundancy, especially in leadership training.
- Discernment and Development: How one church helps guide present and future workers.
- Global Missions in Smaller Church Contexts: Four very different churches tell their stories.
- Sending Kingdom Professionals: A tool for churches’ assessment process.
» Learn more or subscribe to receive monthly editions.