GLOBAL OUTREACH TEAM TRAINING
ESTABLISHING A GLOBAL OUTREACH TEAM by Dave Imboden
This tutorial will walk you through the following foundational steps in establishing and equipping a GO Team in your church: 1) providing a prayer covering, 2) identifying some of the best available online and off-line equipping tools, 3) presenting the vision to church leaders, 4) gathering the team 5) training the team and 6) mobilizing the church.
[CONSULTING & COACHING]
LOCAL CHURCH MISSIONS TRAINERS
“Interdenominational Mission Team Trainers provide various levels of assistance for local churches interested in training seminars, consultation and coaching.
DEVELOPING A MISSIONS STRATEGY THAT FITS YOUR CHURCH by David Mays (davidmays.org) “This CD is more than a book: it is a full-orbed resource. It is based on and includes material David has been collecting and teaching for several years. A leader’s guide (which is a book in itself) and PowerPoint slides are included for teaching a workshop or facilitating a consultation. A participant workbook is included for participants who attend a workshop or participate on a strategy development team. There are multiple documents containing Scripture verses, missions definitions, budgeting and funding grids, survey forms, and sample church strategies. A strategy template, individual worksheets, and numerous supplemental articles and resources are also included.”
[SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS]
DESIGN YOUR IMPACT by DualReach
The Design Your Impact Workshop is a five-hour, fast-paced, interactive program that helps a local church discover its unique DNA and determine a strategic focus that will maximize its resources for global/local impact. The workshop employs a variety of media and an interactive learning style to help church leaders customize a strategic missions focus based on who they are as a local body of believers.
Over the years this mission-conference ministry has transformed into a multiple-event ministry so that over the course of a year they provide various events tailored to specific audiences and needs. Their key event, Missions Connexion, takes place every January and sees that a portion of their workshops are focused on how to do mission in the local church. See their events page here.
YOUR FOCUS ON THE WORLD FACILITATOR TRAINING
Provided by Catalyst Services, this training is geared especially for church missions leadership training.
SEE: MISSION CATALYST’S EVENTS CALENDAR for all kinds of mission-related conferences and training events.
EQUIPPING TOOLS BY DAVID MAYS
Find tons of great mission-related assistance at: www.davidmays.org
“STUFF” YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOING MISSIONS IN YOUR CHURCH VOLUMUES 1-5 (CD’s)
A four volume encyclopedia of all the things you wanted to know about doing missions but didn’t know whom to ask. “STUFF”’s three combined volumes contains over 300 one-page lists, outlines, forms, and resources covering everything from Short Term Missions Policies to Missions Pastor Job Descriptions. Each topic is collected under one of the following categories: Foundations, Leadership, Prayer, Management, Communication, Congregational Involvement, Missionaries, and Resources. A must-have reference resource for local church leaders and those helping churches in missions.
SEE Stuff Vols 1-5 cumulative index.
THE STRATEGY CD
“Developing a Missions Strategy that Fits Your Church” is a comprehensive guide including a leader’s guide, a participant’s manual, PowerPoint slides, a strategy template, and appropriate auxiliary files to guide you through the strategy development process.
THE TRIP STUFF CD
“Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission Trips in Your Church,” is a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, guidelines, and resources collected primarily from local church to provide guidance on everything from writing fund-raising letters to getting through airports without losing your shirt.
BECOMING A WORLD CHANGING CHURCH (Downloadable PDF)
By David Mays, ACMC.
What would it look like if your church were organized around the Great Commission? And what would it take to make it happen? This booklet helps church leaders think about church from a fresh perspective. 31 pages, 2006.BUILDING GLOBAL VISION (book)
Building Global Vision is a 6-session study guide to help church leaders prepare themselves to receive from God a picture (vision) of what He wants to accomplish in the world through their church. Each session has a built-in personal Bible Study helping participants see how God has guided his servants in the past.
EQUIPING TOOLS BY DUALREACH
Find DualReach at: www.dualreach.org
EQUIPPING TOOLS BY CATALYST SERVICES
Find Catalyst Services at: www.catalystservices.org
FIVE STEPS FOR GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT (After reading “Five Steps”go to Catalyst Service’s archives page – scroll down a little and find a handful of excellent articles under each of the Five Steps … BUT, before digging into 25 articles, below are a few of MAC Global’s favorite Catalyst Services articles that can help you get started
RESTRUCTURING LOCAL CHURCH MISSIONS (Don’t miss this important article!)
YOUR FOCUS ON THE WORLD (A superb tool for planning a strategic initiative)
EQUIPPING TOOLS BY PROPEMPO INTERNATIONAL
Find Propempo at: www.propempo.com
COMPILATION OF MISSIONARY TRAINING RESOURCES
Church-based missionary training resources, mostly as pdfs.
CHURCH MISSIONS PROFILE
This diagnostic tool guides your church missions leadership in examining twelve categories of missions development. Most churches evaluate themselves based on “what we did last year,” instead of benchmarks of excellence. The six evaluation levels summarize experience in thousands of missions-interested churches. They range from “Possibility” in cold-blue, through “Project,” “Program,” “Priority,” “Purpose,” to “Passion” in red-hot. The actionable cells result in a clearer snapshot of your church’s achievement AND what it takes to improve. It is sized for 11″x17″ tabloid but can be printed on letter sized paper.
THE ULTIMATE CHURCH DIAGNOSTIC
Seven questions toward a biblical local church ministry.This is my feeble attempt to answer the questions. Each one of them could be a biblical thesis project. Most pastors and church leaders only need thoughtful reflection on Item #1 to give course corrections for their church. Yet, each item has its own merit and place in building a sound, biblical ministry philosophy (David Meade)
MISSIONS CONFERENCE ASSISTANCE can be found on David May’s Stuff you need to know about Doing Missions in Your Church
Following is a list of all of David’s conference-related topics and which of the five CD volumes they are found on:
- Missions Conference – Alternative Names II, 44
- Missions Conference Activities IV, 32, 33
- Missions Conference Evaluation for Church Leaders III, 30
- Missions Conference Evaluation for Participating Missionaries III, 29
- Missions Conference Evaluation for the Congregation III, 28
- Missions Conference Themes I, 54
- Prayer Placards for Banquet Tables IV, 38
- Prayer Room for Your Missions Conference II, 42
- Steps to a Good Missions Conference – I, 55
- Steps to a Good Missions Conference – Part II V, 55
WORSHIP TOGETHER MISSIONS SONGS
Songs selected via searching under “missions songs”
Titles, lyrics, recordings, printed music sources compiled by David Culbertson
MODERN DAY MISSIONS SONGS
(This is getting quite dated … songs picked in the early 2000’s) “We also only included songs that are specifically about missions or missionaries … including links to a place you can listen to a sample or view the lyrics if they are availalble. These are listed from newest to oldest. Hopefully, you will find some cool new mission songs that you will really love.” NOTE: Check out the comments section for additional song suggestions.
THE CHURCH IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK, by Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World.
Essential reading for every one who wants to better understand and walk out the global purposes of our God and His Church.
SERVING AS SENDERS, by Neal Pirolo
There is no rival yet to this six lesson, small group, study guide included treatment of sending, caring for and receiving back those who are sent to the mission field.
OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE (free e-book on the web by OM’s George Verwer.)
Respected missionary and Christian leader George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization, sums up his life experience with mission work—as a sender, a doer and a trainer—and talks straight about what is really needed in missions in the 21st century.
GLOBAL PURPOSE (DVD)
(2006) The U.S. Center for World Mission teamed up with Create International to produce a great 20-minute “intro to mission” DVD. Thoughtfully laid out in five-minute segments, “Global Purpose” covers: The Biblical Basis of Mission, Mission History, The Unreached Peoples, and How to Get Involved. Watch the video here.
DRAMA SHARE’S LINKS TO MISSIONS-RELATED DRAMAS
Do a search under “missions” and “missionaries”
WORLD CLASS MISSIONS DRAMAS
Wycliffe Bible Translators offers a series of 20 mission-themed skits called “World Class Missions Dramas” written by Blackie Blackwell and Amy Jung, edited by Ron Binder. These were specifically written to accompany Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons, so they are short, don’t need elaborate preparation in terms of set or props, and are dialogue-driven like a readers’ theater. They are available as an email attachment, on CD, or hard copy from Wycliffe Southwest in Temecula, CA. Contact Media Resources by phone at 951-719-1105
GOD’S MISSION PROMISES (archived from both the Old and New Testament)
GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST (includes a short scripture devotional each day)
FINDING YOUR NICHE by David Mays
This exercise will help members of your church or fellowship to find a role or niche that is specifically unique to their situation, experiences, interests and skills and the way God has put them together.
You don’t want to miss these key articles, extracted from ACMC’s Mobilizer archives and organized according to ACMC’s 12 category Mission Assessment Profile. Great stuff!
NEW MOBILIZATION STRATEGY: LEARN, CARE, GO by Nate Davis
The “Learn, Care, Go” mobilizing strategy introduces a structure – a hierarchy – where individuals with ideas can find their niche. By assigning specific leadership roles and task assignments, mission ideas can take form at your church.
MOBILIZATION BASICS, by Bill & Amy Stearns
When a country goes to war, it isn’t just the frontline soldiers whose lives are affected. An entire line of support personnel must stand behind them, supplying whatever the combat troops need to do battle. And back on the home front, massive mobilization is required to keep people aware of their part in the war. (Read more)
MOBILIZATION: THE KEY TO WORLD EVANGELIZATION by Steve Shadrach
Mobilizers are those who channel key resources, training and vision for world evangelization to the Body of Christ. It has been said, that to improperly appreciate and support the role of the mobilizer is to seriously hinder the functions of the goer, sender, and welcomer.” (Read more)
THE FISH SCALE, by Jamie Wood
The Fish Scale attempts to map out the ‘typical’ process, or shifts, that a person undergoes before becoming a ‘Great Commission Christian’.
SEVEN DYNAMICS FOR ADVANCING YOUR CHURCH IN MISSIONS by Larry Walker
(IJFM) In this article I would like to describe four major obstacles to missions that the North American mission community is not adequately resolving. Then I would like to describe seven dynamics that I believe will help any church advance in missions. [Though this article is from the early 90’s, so much of it is still relevant for mobilizing local churches today.]
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WORLD CHRISTIAN , by David Bryant
A powerful and concise chapter out of Bryant’s classic book, In the Gap.
FINDING YOUR ROLE IN WORLD EVANGELIZATION by Todd Ahrend
Ingrained in the minds of many Christians is the idea that to be involved in mission work means one thing only: living overseas long-term. This is an unhealthy way to approach missions because it excludes jost people. Even those that go long-term will eventually come home and need to appropriate their vision in another way. (read more)
WE ARE WORLD CHRISTIANS, by Gorden Aeschelman
We are world Christians. We put God’s love for all people first. No race is superior to another; no government is more loved than another; no country dearer than another. We don’t put our nation’s economy before God’s economy. He tells us to seek first His Kingdom. He will meet our needs. We are driven to action daily with the knowledge that three billion people do not know our Savior. Our passion in life, our unquenchable desire, is to take God’s love to them. No task is too small for us. All that limits us is our unwillingness to believe that God can enable us to do it.
THE MISSIONARY PROBLEM IS A PERSONAL PROBLEM, EVERY BELIEVER A SOUL WINNER, by Andrew Murray
This particular article is extracted from Murray’s classic book, The Key to the Missionary Problem.
NOTE: This section is in the process
of being updated. If you have any good articles from the past 3 or 4 years (5,
if it’s really good), please send them to dave(@)missionamerica.org Thanks!!!
RELIGION AMONG THE MILLENIALS (Pew Research)
Less Religiously Active Than Older Americans, But Fairly Traditional In Other Ways
GENERATIONS AT WORK, by Ron Zemke
The workplace today is awash with the conflicting voices, views, and learning styles of the jost age- and value-diverse work force this country has known since our great-great-grandparents abandoned field and farm for factory and office. Ron Zemke, co-author of Generations at Work examines the “generational divide” and what that means for your association in terms of membership and workplace.
MEET THE MILLENIALS by Walt Mueller
A consice introductory article to the Millenial Generation that covers the following three topics:
• What Parent’s Need to Know About The Millennial Generation,
• What Can You Do To Help Parents?
• Topics for Roundtable Discussion
THE NEXT “NEXT GENERATION” by Jim Schmotzer
Born after 1980, the optimistic and community-oriented Millennials are your up-and-coming church leaders.
GENERATION iY: OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THEIR FUTURE by Tim Elmore
This landmark book paints a compelling-and sobering-picture of what could happen to our society if we don’t change the way we relate to today’s teens and young adults.
THE MILLENIALS by Tom & Jess Rainer
Best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Jess (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian worldview perspective.
GENERATIONS AT WORK by Rom Zemke, Claire Raines, Bob Filipezak
Generations at Work supplies insights and practical solutions for understanding differences, resolving conflicts, and managing effectively in today’s age-diverse workplace. The book gives you: profiles of four distinct generations; case studies in generational peace; a practice exercise; and answers to the 21 jost frequently asked questions about managing in a multigenerational workplace.