ARTICLE: Dangerous Missions Shortcuts

Source: Catalyst Services Postings, August 2017

Shortcuts are so tempting. We all like to find easier ways to get things done. But shortcuts often don’t deliver what they promise. Some shortcut failures are harmless; others are devastating.

Missions shortcuts can be dangerous, too, and harm may come despite our best motives.

» Read about seven missions shortcuts and how to avoid them. We appreciate these excellent, balanced, and constructive insights from Ellen Livingood.

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EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

October 2 to February 11, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

October 4-7, Christian Community Development Association National Conference (Detroit, MI, USA). Annual conference.

October 5, Data Is Your Ally: Key Research Analysis for the Modern Missions Movement (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

October 8 to November 3, Equipping for Cross-cultural Life and Ministry (Union Mills, NC, USA). Offered regularly by the Center for Intercultural Training.

October 8-22, 15 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World (global).

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

October 13-14, Missions Fest Seattle (Bellevue, WA, USA). Free, annual, community missions event.

October 15-20, ABIDE (Joplin, MO, USA). Re-entry and debriefing for singles, couples, and families provided by TRAIN International.

October 16-18, Crisis Management Seminar (Lake George, CO, USA). Provided by Crisis Consulting International.

October 17 to November 14, Mobiles in Mission: Using the Tool in Everyone’s Pocket (online). Mentored course on using mobile devices in ministry to unreached people. Offered by Mission Media U.

October 18-21, COMMA Consultation (Chicago, IL, USA). Annual gathering of the Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America.

October 19, Resources and Relationships in Missions: Navigating the Minefield of Dependency (online). Webinar from Missio Nexus.

October 23-29, Recalibrate! (Gull Lake, MI, USA). Debriefing and renewal retreat for missionaries sponsored by Paracletos.

October 23 to November 18, COMPASS (Palmer Lake, CO, USA). Language and culture acquisition training regularly provided by Missionary Training International.

October 26-27, Support Raising Bootcamp (Waynesville, NC, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

October 27-28, Reaching the Nations in North America (Wake Forest, NC, USA). Sponsored by the (Southern Baptist) North America Mission Board and others.

October 31 to November 3, Thrive Retreat (Madang, Papua New Guinea). For North American women serving cross-culturally.

» 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.

VIDEO: What Happens on Hajj?

Source: Praying through the Arabian Peninsula

This year’s Hajj pilgrimage takes place August 30 to September 1. PTAP is calling for Christians to join in three days of strategic prayer for Muslims and the Muslim world during this time. Could you share this video with others?

At the end of the week Muslims around the world will observe Eid-al-Adha, the feast commemorating Abraham’s sacrifice. Ask the Lord to give many Christians opportunities to sensitively tell their Muslim friends and neighbors about Jesus, the Lamb of God.

» Learn more or download a four-page prayer guide. The PTAP website also includes many other resources you may be able to use.

VIDEO SERIES: Missions Mobilization Best Practices

Missions Mobilization Best PracticesSource: GlobalCAST Resources

See yourself as a missions mobilizer or aspire to be one? Learn the foundational principles or sharpen the tools in your toolbox through a new video series from GlobalCAST Resources.

GlobalCAST Resources is a missions mobilization ministry focused on connecting, resourcing, and mentoring missions advocates and leaders. This year they began producing a series of video sound bites that highlight missions mobilization principles and best practices. Topics include:

  • Asking Questions Rather Than Giving Advice as a Missions Mobilizer
  • Missions Mobilization Starts with Me
  • Community Development Principles & Missions Mobilization
  • Missions Mobilization as Worldview Shift
  • Learner, Servant, Storyteller Postures in Missions Mobilization

» Watch videos via the GlobalCAST Resources YouTube channel or Facebook page and subscribe to see more as they are released.

ARTICLES: Support Raising Resources

Source: Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators

Raising support or cheering on others who do? Shepherds Staff is a ministry that facilitates the work of the local church in sending out its own missionaries. They have assembled a thoughtful collection of resources to help you think through many elements of raising support. You might find some tips or perspectives you haven’t heard before.

» View resources.

» Did you know? Both Support Raising Solutions and People Raising, in addition to providing training tools and events, maintain blogs about raising support. Take a look.

ARTICLE: Using Proverbs in Ministry

Source: International Mission Board

As you interact with people from other cultures, consider how you may be able to use [statements of local] wisdom as a bridge to gospel conversation. Keep these questions in mind:

  • What proverbs do you hear them using?
  • What do these statements reveal about what is valuable and meaningful to them?
  • Are there distinct similarities or differences between their worldview and yours as a follower of Christ?
  • Are there parallels in Scripture to the truths expressed in their proverbs? Or are there statements in Scripture that offer a counterpoint or complement to traditional wisdom?

» Read the rest of the article, 9 Fascinating Proverbs to Help You Understand an African Worldview. Notice the good job the author and publisher did pairing pithy proverbs and short explanations with compelling photos to bring the content to life. Could you use a similar approach in a newsletter or presentation?

» See also Know Your Culture: 6 Keys to Cultural Exegesis (also from IMB).

EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

September 3-15, Second Language Acquisition Course (Union Mills, NC, USA). Provided by the Center for Intercultural Training.

September 4-17, ORIENT (Joplin, MO, USA). Learn key skills for surviving and thriving cross-culturally. Provided by TRAIN International.

September 4 to December 3, Encountering the World of Islam (online). 12-week course on embracing Muslims with the love of Christ.

September 7, The Local Church—Mentoring Healthy Mission Candidates (online). Webinar from Mission Nexus.

September 11-12, Support Raising Bootcamp (Rogers, AR, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

September 14 to October 12, Foundations of Media Strategy (online). Mentored course on using social media for deeper conversations and disciple-making. Offered by Mission Media U.

September 15-17, Business as Mission Conference (Dallas, TX, USA). Provided by BAM Training.

September 15-17, Evangelical Missiological Society (Dallas, TX, USA). An annual gathering.

September 18 to October 14, COMPASS (Palmer Lake, CO, USA). Language and culture acquisition provided by Missionary Training International.

September 20-26, Traction (Interlaken, Switzerland). Six-day renewal event for men serving cross-culturally, provided by Catalyst International.

September 20 to October 18, Story in Ministry (online). Mentored course on applying elements of story to your outreach. Offered by Mission Media U.

September 20-21, Standards Introductory Workshop (Dallas, TX, USA). A pre-conference workshop at the Mission Leaders Conference presented by the Standards of Excellence in Short-term Mission.

September 21-23, Mission Leaders Conference (Dallas, TX, USA). Provided by Missio Nexus.

» 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.