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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Practical Resources to Use and Share

  1. Operation World recently launched a new prayer app for mobile devices designed to stir daily prayer for every country of the world. Take a look!
  2. Responsible to provide care for cross-cultural workers? See Tending Scattered Wool and Paracletos for inspiring articles, resources, and ideas.
  3. Check out the new Missional Audio website for missions-related audio books, podcasts, and more. Why not download some for a summer roadtrip?

Not the Standards of Mediocrity…

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

You have heard the stories that make you cringe. We have, too. All of us who have been around for a while have our own stories of a mission trip that didn’t go well.

That’s why we love the Standards of Excellence for Short-term Mission. We want to encourage and help churches, mission agencies, and Christian schools to carry out trips that truly benefit both goers and receivers, equipping each to become more like Christ, and stretching each of us to more deeply know our need for him and his amazing sufficiency. For a mission trip to do all that takes intentionality and work.

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We are enthusiastic members of the Standards of Excellence. We gladly partner with the Standards of Excellence in providing the training and tools needed to create mission trips worthy of the name. An an SOE leader, David also helps provide a short-term missions track at the annual North American Mission Leaders Conference sponsored by Missio Nexus.

Promoting Perspectives

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

We’ve added something to the website. Every footer of every page now includes a link to Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. We believe that the Perspectives course is a key tool God is using today to challenge young and old to both understand and become involved in his worldwide kingdom.

We’re also involved with Perspectives more personally. Content manager Marti Wade serves as a course instructor and David and Rebecca will be co-coordinating the upcoming Perspectives course in South County St. Louis in the spring of 2018.

Seeking Excellence in Short-Term Missions

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Since the beginnings of the short-term mission movement, ministry leaders have been meeting to share notes and think through issues and problems with a goal of doing what they do better. We all want those going out on mission trips to truly benefit spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually from their time overseas, and for those they serve and work with on the field to benefit in the same ways.

Over the years several networks have helped promote these purposes. The Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders began in the early 1980’s; I attended their first conference in 1984. That group eventually gave birth to Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission.

For more than 30 years, the all-volunteer SOE leadership team brought lots of energy and passion, as perhaps only volunteers can. As the network matured, however, it reached a size that required more time and consistency that a group of leaders also busy with their own ministries could provide.

Last summer we announced a formal partnership between several ministries supporting the short-term missions movement, and now, as a member of the SOE Board for the last ten years, I’m happy to announce a recently completed merger between Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Missions and a larger, more developed entity, Delta Ministries, which carries a similar vision with complementary programs and staffing.

Last month the two ministries’ Boards of Directors met together to finish the formal part of the merger. The two days we spent together in Portland were very beneficial. I knew some of their Board members previously but appreciated the chance to share ideas and get a feel for each other’s work styles. I was so encouraged!

We who have carried the SOE banner for so long are delighted to see it given a more solid and broader platform. Together, we continue to push for excellence in short-term missions programs.

» Learn more about Delta Ministries and Standards of Excellence or check out some of their great resources:

Short-Term Missions webinars

Standards Introductory Workshops

Short-Term Missions 101 online course

The Next Mile training resources


Restocking Your Mission Resource Toolbox

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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.

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