Our last issue of Propel included an article about mobilizing through mentoring. We made the case that our most powerful strategies for raising up a global mission force are relational: We influence people we know and who know us.
Who might God use us to stir up or encourage toward His global purposes from within our churches, organizations, schools, communities, and families? Have you asked Him lately? You could pray that God will show you, and bring you together with those He is preparing to take a greater role in His global purposes.
It turns out that effective mission mobilization depends more on relationships than it does on conferences, classes, books, sermons, or most anything else (on its own).
As you consider ways to prepare yourself to serve as a resource to these people in the pipeline, though, don’t overlook conferences, classes, books, and other tools that can help you stay in the know about world missions trends and opportunities.
Here are a few places to look:
- Brigada Today: This weekly web/email journal covers mission resources, trends, and tips for Great Commission Christians; a great place to find new tools for your own growth or to introduce to others.
- Postings: A free monthly newsletter of practical articles on church missions mobilization from Catalyst Services. Access the gallery of archives on their site and find other resources for you and your church.
- Missions Catalyst: This free, weekly electronic missions digest is designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry through missions news, practical ministry ideas, and events, and other helpful resources. (The Missions Catalyst publisher, Marti Wade, also publishes our newsletters.)
- Evangelical Missions Quarterly: Each quarterly issue contains 10-12 articles by mission and church leaders and experienced cross-cultural workers around the world; a worthwhile investment. EMQ will soon be published exclusively online and an online subscription also provides access to years of archives.
- The Traveling Team: Primarily serving college students, the Traveling Team ministry can be thought of as a mission conference on wheels. You can bring them to your church or college campus. Learn from, share, or point others to articles in their Missions Resource Library about the state of the world, biblical and historical foundations for missions, obstacles to service, and more.
Finally, don’t forget to point friends to M-DAT services, including AskAMissionary.com, ShortTermMissions.com, and PreparingtoGo.com!