Missions Blog for Churches

A blog serving missions leaders in the local church

November 5, 2013
by Seth W.
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PCA Global Missions Conference

The 2013 PCA Global Missions Conference begins this Friday, November 8, in Greenville, SC. Over 2,300 people have already registered for this incredible event and it’s not too late for you to be a part. Walk-up registrations will be available at the doors.

Plenary speakers include Ravi Zacharias, Paul Kooistra, Rod Mays, and Giotis Kantartzis. Six breakout session times offer dozens of different seminars to help equip you and your church to engage in God’s reaching the nations with His good news.

All information can be found at www.mtw.org/gmc

Participants – if you will be at the GMC, download and use the free GMC App, available in iTunes and the Google Play stores. Search “pca gmc” in either store to find the app.

November 5, 2013
by Seth W.
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Resources You Will Actually Use

I will present the following resources at a seminar this weekend at the PCA Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC. Much of the material can be found throughout this site as well.

CR DVD & Articles

  • Laying the Foundation
    • Missions Committees Lead the Church
  • Setting Your Sights
    • The Changing Role of the Missionary
  • Setting the Pace
    • Short Term Missions: Blessing or bother?
  • Reaching the Summit
    • How Will the Church Minister After We Leave? – Pursuing sustainable ministry

Books

Videos

Websites

Training for your church

  • MTW’s Church Resourcing Department
  • MTW’s Partner Relations
  • MTW’s Global Training and Development


[*] Use all resources with discretion. We may not agree with every theological position taken by a specific video or article.

October 29, 2013
by Seth W.
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Missions Reading List

We’ve published a similar list before, but here is a new and updated version of books that will help you lead your church in missions. As with any book, read with discernment. Some of these books make critical remarks of others on the list. But we think all are written with a spirit of biblical provocation.

September 11, 2013
by Seth W.
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Missions Conference Resources Available

Blair Commons, Director of Global Outreach at Seven Rivers PCA, would like to offer their previously used banners from one of their Global Outreach Conferences. Contact Blair for more details by clicking here. Here are the details:

  • Face Flags:
    Four 3′ X 8″ double sided banners with a pole pocket at the top (see below).  All 8 sides are different.  These would need to be taken to a banner maker to change the dates at the bottom.  We used these for several years, and changed the dates each time.
  • Do you know:
    One 5′ X 15 double sided banner with ropes across the top and bottom that goes along with this video: http://vimeo.com/30501542

August 28, 2013
by Seth W.
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MissionaryFilms.org

missionaryfilmsToday I had the privilege of speaking with Ashley Maddox of missionaryfilms.org. I was introduced to Ashley’s work some time back, but had never interacted with him. I met his father, in a providential meeting while I was in AZ in the Spring, and today I got to hear Ashley’s heart firsthand. Anyone who knows me knows I have a heart to use media, particularly film, to communicate what God is doing around the world. I love film, I love story, and when you join those with the greatest story ever told, well, I’m a fan. And that’s the heartbeat behind missionaryfilms.orgPassionate about telling great stories by taking part in the greatest story ever told.

How is this a resource to churches? Many churches and missionaries are not in a position to create media that tells a great story and is done with excellence. They know what they want, but they don’t know how to get it. This is where Ashley can help you. Take a look at his work and connect with him about how he can serve your church.

August 12, 2013
by Seth W.
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Book Review – Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation, by Andrew Root

Review by Jonathan Taylor

In his book Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation, Andrew Root traces the historical development of age-specific ministry to youth, demonstrating particularly how relational ministry has come to be the dominant form of youth ministry in America. His clear and concise recap reminds us that age-specific ministry to youth is a relatively new phenomenon in the Church.

Root holds that, in America, forces such as doctrinal conflicts in the church, changes in family life, the rise of a high school culture, and the growth and success of para-church ministries focusing on youth have all pushed the….click here to continue reading this article

August 8, 2013
by Seth W.
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Do You Have Any Absolute Non-Negotiables?

By Rebe McReynolds

How do you cope under circumstances where what you consider as non-negotiable in your life suddenly becomes negotiable? One way to find out is to take this framework into another culture—like the tribal culture on the island of Nosy Be, Madagascar, which will soon be our home.

Here are just a few examples of what I often mistakenly think are non-negotiables:

1. Familiarity in parent/child relationship.
I’ve considered the parent/child relationship where kids are comfortable and familiar speaking directly to their parents, asking questions, and openly communicating to be a non-negotiable. Place this framework in a culture where kids are lowest in the social system, are not to make eye contact with adults, not to address men, including their fathers, and it becomes negotiable.

2. Eating two to three meals per day.
Non-negotiable, right? Place this framework in a culture where income and food are scarce and the body’s minimum requirements become negotiable….click here to continue reading this article.