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Missions Catalyst 3.26.14 – Resource Reviews

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

In This Issue: Resources for collaboration, the changing face of persecution, and more

Missions Catalyst is a free, weekly electronic digest of mission news and resources designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry. Use it to fuel your prayers, find tips and opportunities, and stay in touch with how God is building his kingdom all over the world. Please forward it freely!

Marti WadeMarti Wade is a writer, speaker, and project manager for the Church Partnerships Team at Pioneers. As a mission mobilizer, she has also trained and sent out many short-term teams to do relationship-based research to serve among the world’s least-reached peoples.

Marti has managed and published Missions Catalyst since 2004 and is the author of Through Her Eyes, a book about the lives of women serving cross-culturally in the Muslim world. She and her husband Chris live in Oregon.

VIDEO: Collaboration

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: Create International Taiwan, via visionSynergy

Mission historical Stephen Neill wrote that Christian missionary work is the most difficult thing in the world, adding that it is surprising that it should ever been attempted! Yet amazing things happen when Christians work together, don’t they?

Check out the short animated video Collaboration – Reaching the Unreached through On-field Partnerships (itself the product of several mission groups working together).

This video also provides a nice example of storytelling through visual communication, too. Maybe, after watching it, you could take a moment to pray for Create’s (YWAM) School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions which is currently being offered in Taiwan, in Chinese and English. May God use it to equip and reach many.

» See also visionSynergy’s partnership resource repository, with ebooks, case studies, courses, field guides, and more.

VIDEO: The Changing Faces of Persecution

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: Family Research Council, March 19, 2004

In what countries are Christians most likely to be persecuted? Who is being persecuted, and by whom? According to Todd Johnson, patterns have changed radically in the past 100 years.

In a Washington D.C. lecture, Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, draws on research from The Atlas of Global Christianity and Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians to provide a thoughtful overview of shifts within both global Christianity (e.g., from north to south) and global persecution (e.g., from state-sponsored to society-based) as well as offering ways we can respond.

This presentation may be particularly helpful if you write or speak on these or related topics, as the contents are both well researched and clearly communicated.

» Watch the video (47 minutes).

» See also Ed Stetzer’s recent interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins about global Christianity (Christianity Today).

BOOK: When Missions Shapes the Mission

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: B&H Publishing Group

When Missions Shapes the Mission: You and Your Church Can Reach the World, by David Horner. B&H Publishing Group, 2011. 261 pages.

Veteran senior pastor David Horner here addresses fellow pastors and church mission leaders about the low level of commitment to the biblical mandate for global missions in our churches. He paints a sometimes painful picture of the current situation in many of our churches and denominations, where even those who seem to be leading the way in missions giving and sending are in fact investing resources disproportionately in their own contexts (e.g., doing more to support nearby Christian colleges and local programs than global outreach).

Horner also helps the reader recognize the major obstacles to kingdom-focused ministry and lessons to be learned from past mission movements.

Finally, he describes the results of a survey of 100 evangelical (North American) churches sharing their top ten best practices in fostering a strong missions culture, sharing some of the specific tactics as well as addressing objections and concerns in each area.

When Missions Shapes the Mission is a challenging and ultimately persuasive and practical book for churches discontent with their status quo and wanting to move forward.

» Learn more or get a copy for US$12.72 from Amazon (or elsewhere). Kindle edition is US$9.99.

EVENTS: Church Connections Tour

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: Mission Nexus

Mission Nexus, in partnership with Church-based Immigrant Ministry Coalition and World Relief, invites pastors, church planters, and mission leaders to a one-day regional event to explore approaches, resources, and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees, and international students. Meetings are planned for Baltimore (June 5), Los Angeles (June 12), Toronto (June 17), Chicago (June 19), and Atlanta (June 26).

Each event will include case studies from churches in the U.S. and Canada and presentations by leaders with on-the-ground experience as well as table-group discussions exploring practical application and next steps. Registration includes lunch  and a copy of Strangers Next Door: Migration, Immigration, and Mission by J.D. Payne (also one of the presenters).

» Learn more or register. You can also download a free, related article by World Vision’s Jenny Yang, Immigrants in the US: A Missional Opportunity.

» See also the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals, sponsoring a national conference in Atlanta, GA May 29-31, and take a look at J.D. Payne’s recent (free) ebook, Unreached Peoples, Least Reached Places: An Untold Story of Lostness in America.

EVENTS: April Calendar

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Source: Missions Catalyst Calendar

April 2-5, iDisciple Conference (Kansas City, MO, USA). Focused on Disciple Making Movements. Provided by Cityteam.

April 4-5, MissionFest Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada). Free, annual, community-based mission festival for all ages.

April 5, Bridges Seminar (Toronto, ON, Canada). Building bridges to reach Muslims. Provided by Crescent Project.

April 8 to May 19, Mobile Ministry Training Course (online). Six-week class. Learn how to use mobile technology for evangelism.

April 11-12, T4T Training (Lebanon, TN, USA). Be trained in effective practices for church-planting movements at home and around the world.

April 12, Bridges Seminar (Omaha, NR, and Silver Spring, MD, USA). Building bridges to reach Muslims. Provided by Crescent Project.

April 12, Care ConneXion: Missionary Care 101 (Beaverton, OR, USA). A Mission ConneXion event.

April 14, Global Day of Prayer for the 4/14 Window (global). Praying for the world’s children (especially those aged 4-14).

April 24-46, iSpectra, Igniting Multicultural Discipleship (Los Gatos, CA, USA). Bay Area’s first global multiethnic discipleship conference, in conjunction with The Harvest Group.

April 26, Frontiers Connect (Chicago, IL, USA). Explore work among Muslims.

April 30 to May 2, International Wholistic Missions Conference (Peoria, AZ, USA). From the Global CHE Network.

April 30 to May 2, Northwest Mission Pastors Conference (Raymond, WA, USA). Coordinated by WorldVenture.

April 30 to May 4, GO Equipped TENTmaking Course (Bergen, Norway). Provided by Global Opportunities.

» View the complete calendar and/or submit an item.

Missions Catalyst 2.27.14 – Resource Reviews

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

In This Issue: Seek God for the city, the not-for-parents travel book, and more

OPPORTUNITY: Seek God for the City

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

SeekGodfortheCitySource: WayMakers

Seek God for the City is an annual prayer event that takes place during the the 40 days leading up to Palm Sunday (March 5 to April 13 this year). You can join followers of Jesus from around the world in seeking God’s face and his kingdom for your city and for the world by participating in this hope-filled prayer campaign.

It’s not too late to get copies of the 60-page booklet (also available in Spanish), download free materials for children, or install the app on your phone or other mobile device.

The prayers in this prayer guide are biblically grounded and easy to pray; it’s clear and well-designed. Also included are ideas for prayerwalking, nations to pray for each day, and additional resources. This could be a great way to help your family, church, ministry, or small group prepare for Easter.

» Visit WayMakers for materials and more information.

» Readers might also want to start thinking about making plans for this year’s Global Day of Prayer (June 8), and 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, (June 28 to July 27).

BOOK: The Not-for-parents Travel Book – Cool Stuff to Know about Every Country in the World

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Source: Lonely Planet

The Not-for-parents Travel Book: Cool Stuff to Know about Every Country in the World, by Michael Dubois, Jane Price, and Katri Hilden. Lonely Planet: 2011. 208 pages.

“Everyone knows which is the world’s highest mountain, but do you know which country banned chewing gum? Or what’s the world’s stinkiest fruit? Or who invented roller skates? Or which building leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Or where can you eat fried spiders as a snack?

“In this book are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods, and crazy facts that make the world’s 200 countries so fascinating. Each country has a page to itself-so tiny Tuvalu gets as much space as superpower USA.”

We heard about this (secular) book in a recent blogpost from our friends at the family ministry, Weave. They recommend it as a resource for redeeming the time you and your kids spend in the car. Good plan! Reader reviews suggest some contents might not be appropriate for your youngest ones, though.

» Learn more or get a copy for US$15.02 from Amazon (or elsewhere). And check out the wide range of resources recommended by Weave.

WEBINAR: Reaching Muslims through Mobilized Christians

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Source: MissioNexus

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about mobilizing Christians to overcome fears and reach out in love to Muslims. In a March 6 MissioNexus webinar, UK-based Tim Green and Gordon Hickson, founders of Mahabba Networks will share about resources and strategies being used to equip ordinary believers with vision, confidence, and skills to reach their Muslim friends, neighbors, and colleagues. These networks have spread rapidly throughout the UK and are beginning to multiply internationally. You can register your interest in Mahabba through their website, currently being revamped.

» Learn more or sign up for the webinar. It will also be recorded and available through the MissioNexus store.