Mobilizers, we have an important role to play in helping the church in North America embrace a vision for local and global mission.
This pic from my friend @esfeather is worth sharing with you:
In my role of Mobilization with Encompass, I’m heavily involved in creating, facilitating and resourcing networks for Great Commission good. On April 22, there was a special event I was able to facilitate with Grace Brethren communications folks who have been getting together for a while now. They asked me to plan the next get together…and so I did. We called it Connect & Equip for FGBC Communicators.
We had communicators from all over, so we gathered online via GoTo Meeting:
Our first 45 minutes we did introductions and also shared one tool that we were using to help us in communications in our work.
Thankfully someone wrote them all down… Thanks Steve Koontz!
Here are the websites that were mentioned.
Doodle.com – schedule meetings
http://unsplash.com – random, free photos once a week
http://www.freepik.com/ – free vectors
https://www.lightstock.com/ – faith-based photos
latergram.me – schedule Instagram
https://attendify.com/ Application builder
http://mobivity.com/ – texting
viviotech.com – webhosting
https://feedly.com blog reader for auto alerts
After this we had a time with church social media guru DJ Chuang. He has been instrumental in my even starting this website! You can find out tons about my fellow Southern Californian online.
DJ took on the topic “Fresh things he has been learning about churches and social media.” My friend and participant Aaron Scantlen shared some of his notes on our Facebook event page:
I had a great time and got two pages of valuable info. Thanks to everyone for sharing what they are using right now and to DJ Chuang for sharing great stuff with us about the church and social media. I’m sharing with our Pastoral Leadership Team at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Churchtomorrow morning about the highlights of our gathering.
1. Social Media is about People – It’s easy to get caught up in all the new platforms and technology, but we have to remember that it is relational at it’s core. – DJ Chuang
2. Be Authentic – People can tell if you are only on there to “sell” them something or if you actually use the platform regularly. Each platform is different, so use the ones for your church that you know and are using and then use them as intended, or people will ignore you. – Andy Jewett Also, follow your church members and interact with what THEY are posting about rather than always trying to make them see YOUR posts. – DJ Chuang
3. Communication is about Content – We should be giving people content/value, not just telling them information. 90% of what we share and post should be story and adding value and 10% can then be an announcement or sale. We have lots of content already, especially through sermons, that we just need to package and give away. – DJ Chuang
4. Find a Reverse Mentor – Find a someone from the next generation to mentor you in how they are using social media. What platforms are they using, how do they work, and how do they use them with their friends. Don’t do this just one time. Social media is constantly changing. Once you get on the treadmill, you have to keep up. – DJ Chuang
Even if you weren’t there live, this rich time was recorded and is available for you to listen or download off my Dropbox at: ConnectEquipCommunicators2015April22 ENJOY!
Mobilizing the Church for the Sake of the Least Reached
Sorry, it’s been a while since I sent out an update. This isn’t because the ministry is going slowly…quite the opposite!
I have changed email newsletter systems (now with Mail Chimp), so hopefully I transferred everyone’s email addresses correctly! Feel free to share this update with others so they can pray and be participators in this amazing work!
Thanks to many of you who have financially supported the work the Lord is allowing me to do. I have been fully supported each of my two full years with Encompass! Thanks!
This month I wanted to share with you some of the nitty gritty of my work (in one specific aspect). I’m heavily involved in creating, facilitating and resourcing networks for Great Commission good. I’d love to share five of them with you, so you know and can pray…and can even JUMP IN!
Great people are involved in each of these networks and I’m so privileged to be able to connect and resource so many great efforts!
Thanks for your support!
I wanted to get this out to say thanks, and to mobilize you to pray!
I also wanted to say that our family is looking forward to a special Family Vacation next week during Spring Break! We are excited!
So excited and proud of my friend, Sara Lindsay ( or Mrs. Dolmage as some call her) to release her new album TODAY! I’ve got mine…and you gotta get yours!!!
Where Your Heart Goes
For eight years now, a growing network of mission leaders, agencies and churches have been drawing attention to those least-reached people groups who have no known churches, pastors or mission workers. The missiological title for these people groups are “unengaged”—meaning no one is engaging them for the sake of the Gospel. The Finishing the Task network has purposed to count down to ZERO people groups who have no workers engaging them.
Encompass World Partners has been participating over the years and contributing to taking people groups off the list as we send workers to engaging these “unengaged” people groups! The annual working meeting for Finishing The Task was attended this week by our own Ed Trenner and Mike Jentes at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
Last year, Encompass mobilized students at Momentum and Grace College to pray for these people groups through the 533 Challenge. It was exciting to see answered prayer this year as we were able to contribute one more people group taken off the list through the Encompass family! Over the course of the working meeting more than 70 people groups were taken off as we count down to zero!
Finishing The Task is coordinated by long time Cru and Jesus Film Project leader Paul Eshleman(pictured). We encourage you and your church to check out their website and resources as you seek to reach the least reached for the sake of the Gospel.
Below is the testimony of Cannon Andrew White on what continues to take place in Iraq with the displaced Christian communities. Remember these communities in prayer.
Thanks to my friend John Lambert who shared this information.
If you want to get involved in helping the displaced Iraqi’s, check out Grace4Iraq.com
Also, you might learn from this video done by Encompass World Partners about Iraq.
“Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions.It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.
“The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).
Mindi and I meeting with ethnic leaders from SoCal! On Saturday, August 30 we had a little gathering of leaders from Cambodia and Latin America for a little breakfast get together with Jesús Muñoz (our Cambodian brother left before the picture and our Japanese friends were on a retreat!). This gathering may emerge into a network of ethnic leaders who can spur one another on to make disciples and plant churches in the nations of our world!
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Sorry it has been a while since I’ve communicated to you via this means. The past few months have been full, as I’m sure they have for you!
At the FellowShift Conference this summer, Encompass sought to do something which would engage people in reaching the nations. We set up stations we called “Engagement Stations” with a variety of different ways to participate. We also created an online version of the Engagment Stations so you can participate right now! Check out all 7 online!
We also shared a variety of short 8 minute or less Engaging Talks which we dubbed
Just yesterday, I talked via Skype with Jason Carmean in Cameroon! He and his family have been on the ground for one month and are adjusting well.
I’m excited to be part of a coalition that has committed for 5 years to seeing dozens and dozens of pastoral leaders trained for the more than 45 churches and 30+ church plants in Cameroon.
Dave Guiles has described this “as the greatest leadership development need the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has seen in several generations.”
One of the ways you can help is by supporting the first modules of Bible training supporting the first modules of Bible training–please consider a gift!
Pray for the Ongoing Ministry of the Château de St. Albain
Yesterday, September 3, 2014, was declared as a Day of Prayer for the Château by
Joël Rongier, president of Château Association.
Please join in praying and fasting for God to supply the following personnel needs for the Château so that ministries will continue without interruption:
1) A European business manager and coordinator: Pray especially for wisdom and direction for the Château steering committee to find the right people to fit into ministry leadership.
2) An American support couple: To care for the responsibilities of welcoming visitors, preparing and serving meals, maintenance and grounds work.
Our Château Coalition is seeking to publish a coffee-table book (in English, French and German) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ministry and funds are needed to get it rolling.
Over the last few months, I’ve been part of catalyzing two really important networks:
One is around Women in Church Planting. All over the world, women are involved in the church planting endeavor– moms, businesswomen, educators, missionaries, single women, etc. Many of these ladies don’t have a place to connect with others. Through the leadership of my friends Louise Klawitter and Jessica Robertson, this network has formed a Facebook group that is nurturing this network. It’s a secret group to hide the identities of some of our bravest women who are in closed countries, but if you send a message to Louise, she can get you synced up.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank YOU for your prayers and support which are vital to the Lord’s work in our world. I’m humbled and privileged to serve our King and alongside you!
Thanks so much for your financial gifts to support the work of reaching the least reached! Some of you have remained very diligent even without a lot of info from me! My work continues to be fruitful, so I want to encourage you to continue your pledge or consider a monthly gift!
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The masterful C.S. Lewis wrote a collection of letters between between a couple of demons, attempting to give insights into the realities of the spiritual world and our human existence. The Screwtape Letters although fictional, provides poignant insights into the true realities of following of Jesus Christ.
This letter is from the Uncle (and mentor demon) Screwtape to his nephew, a demon in training on his first assignment to distract a new Christian away from a fruitful life for Christ. This new Christian has been on a roller-coaster in his journey, but has recently savored a couple of positive pleasures (reading a good book and a walk in the country). These moments actually paved the way for the direct presence of God with the Christian.
Screwtape chastizes his nephew for allowing such pleasures as they are truly gifts from their Enemy (God) and create a conduit for relationship between the two.
In this letter, Screwtape shares with his mentee a snippet of how much God thinks of each Christian on the planet:
“Remember always, that He [God] really likes the little vermin [humans], and sets an absurd value on the distinctiveness of everyone of them.”*
Later Screwtape shares this insightful bit of demonic strategy about the new Christian’s mind, emotions, and obedience:
The great thing is to prevent his doing anything. As long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance. Let the little brute wallow in it. Let him, if he has any bent that way, write a book about it; that is often an excellent way of sterilizing the seeds which the Enemy [God] plants in a human soul. Let him do anything but act. No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his will. As one of the humans has said, active habits are strengthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened. The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.
Your affectionate uncle,
(*From Letter 13 in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis)
So the question for you and I is:
What is it today that is floating around in my head, that I feel or know I should do for God, but I’m delaying on doing it?
Let’s take action!
Let’s develop the habit of obedience!
1) Job chapters 1-2 – Interaction & reality
Satan’s awful work, but still under the authority of God.
2) John 8:44 – Devious Description by Jesus
Jesus describes him as: devil, murderer & father of lies.
3) Revelation 12:9-10 – More Descriptions
Also named: satan, devil, serpent, dragon, deceiver.
4) 2 Corinthians 4:4 – “God of this age.”
Called the god of this age who blinds people from Jesus.
5) Mark 4:15 – Steals good seed
He snatches away the Gospel from “hard soil.”
7) 1 Peter 5:8 – Intimidator
He prowls around like a roaring lion.
8) 2 Corinthians 11:14 – Masquerade
He masquerades as an angel of light.
9) Revelation 20:1-10 – Final Deception & Destruction
He deceives nations and his final destiny of destruction.
10) James 4:7 – Victory is ours -Resist!
Resist the devil and he will flee!
*11) Possible descriptions of satan’s fall: Isaiah 14, Ezek 28:11-19
*somehow every top ten list has one I just can’t leave off.
On December 4, 1857, David Livingstone, the great pioneer missionary to Africa, made a stirring appeal to the students of
Cambridge University, showing that he had learned through the years of experience what Jesus was trying to teach Peter:
“For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice
I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice, which is simply paid back as a small
part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in
healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter?
Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say, rather, it is a privilege.
Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this
life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these
are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.”
“The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”
May this be your joy in all of life, in whatever you do – that where God has placed you is a privilege and a pleasure, because “the chief end of man is to glorify God by ENJOYING Him forever!”
–From Desiring God by John Piper
A group of friends and I have been having a little conversation on Facebook, and I thought it might be helpful to share some of it here.
Setup Scenario & Question
In my local church, one area is that I am now serving in a missional living area, meaning I’m overseeing all the missions of the church, along with another person. The missional and incarnational portion of our body is very lacking and we’ll be working with the small groups leaders to help develop that and get our bodies into motion…
… We’ve identified seven areas in our community that are clearly in need of Jesus and clearly in need of help. Please be praying for us as we go about developing and equipping Christ followers to be disciple makers…
… Right now, we’re trying to think local and team with organizations in our community to give opportunities to serve and love people. We’re establishing missional communities and I’m going to be taking leaders through Hugh Halter’s “Flesh.” I also will be teaching on Sunday morning at some point on the missions vision I helped create, PRISM (Practical, Relational, Intentional, Simple, Missional)*. If any of you have an ideas for ways to help get a group mobilized, let me know…
“Sounds like you are running down the right tracks bro. Glad to support you as we can via Facebook messages.
2 things I’m thinking:
1) Having opportunities to break people out of their norm (like serving projects, short-term trips, etc.) helps in allowing them to open their minds/hearts to different ways of living. Creating those kinds of opportunities is helpful to create “another reality” for people to begin to evaluate how they live…and how they could.
2) The Least Reached on our globe have to have people like you and I advocate for them…so workers will Go and Live & Share the Gospel. Here’s something you and the people you are shepherding should know: Those unreached peoples are in desperate need of the church to be the church. Don’t leave the “uttermost” & “unreached” out of the conversation and emphasis of your work bro! I hope that’s helpful.
P.S. Here’s another inspirational video which draws attention to the need to GO to those who are least reached:
*This PRISM illustration is really good and is the product of J. Daniel Rollins and his team. Please give him credit if you are going to “flatter” him by “imitating” or “plagiarizing” it .