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INTRODUCTION
   Can your church make a powerful and substantial impact on the
world in your lifetime? The answer to that q...
M	 “How do I connect with opportunities, missionaries and
            unreached people at home and overseas?”             ...
Psalms 67:1-4 May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on                    Intensive Bible study (John 17:6-8)
us wi...
M	 Every believer and church represents the name of God to            We get ethnic from the root ethnos. This means we mu...
Ways to share God’s heart                                                   M	 Discipleship class. Many churches offer ong...
Select team members based on spiritual health and skill
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    M	 Understand that the local church is God’s plan for ongoing
       disciple making. Therefore, church planting amo...
group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering a                                M	 Counsel with your IMB mis...
5   ChOOSe A fOCUS PeOPle GROUP
    Study your unreached peoples. As people groups are identified,
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share the Gospel in a way it can be understood and then                Develop an ongoing training process for team leader...
• Set policies for short-term trips, fund raising, new ideas,
        team leading, etc.
      • Create a sending process—...
M	 Search for potential opportunities to engage
   M	 Seek the persons of peace.
Short-term teams. In fulfillment of the e...
M	 Acts 16:5—the mission turned into a church-planting
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Use special missions presentations, impact weekends, and cele-
    brations to invite those you want to partner with and m...
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whAT CAN The ChURCh SeRvICeS GROUP DO                                       helPfUl ReSOURCeS
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION Can your church make a powerful and substantial impact on the world in your lifetime? The answer to that question is “Yes!” The most obvious reason for this confidence is that the power and heart’s desire of our Lord Jesus has not changed. We see Pentecost-sized miracles even today in many places of the world where God is using churches of every size. It is amazing to see Him at work. He can and will use your church. The purpose of this field guide is to assist you, the pastor and/or mission leadership, to think strategically through some foundational mission principles that will equip your church for a holistic and pow- erful Acts 1:8 mission strategy. This guide is not intended to provide every answer nor is it designed to give you a programmatic step-by- step process, because every church and mission adventure is different. This guide is designed to provide a basic framework for a church’s mis- sion ministries. God will provide the details and direction as you go. This guide suggests five missional milestones that are indicators of the mission heart of a church. These milestones have been drawn from the experiences of scores of churches. The goal is that, with an under- standing of each milestone, you will be able to determine where your church is in its journey and then move toward fulfilling God’s heart for your church. You may have one or more of these questions rolling around in your mind: M “Where do I start?” M “Is there someone who can sit down with me and coach me through a strategic mission’s process? I don’t need an- other program … I need a relationship with people who care about my church’s heart.”
  2. 2. M “How do I connect with opportunities, missionaries and unreached people at home and overseas?” ENGAGE M Are there resources available to help my church develop “ MULTIPLY and mature its mission plan?” Missional Lord willing, you will find answers to all of these questions and more Maturity in the following pages. The basic outline of this guide is built around EQUIP AWAKEN these five missional milestones: M WAKEN to God’s heart that all people may know and A EXPLORE worship Him M XPLORE God’s specific plan for your church E M QUIP your church to fulfill the mission E M ENGAGE God’s specific plan for your church M ULTIPLY your lives, mission and ministry into other M AwAkeN to God’s heart believers. that all people may know and worship Him Awakening is a movement of God through the Holy Spirit in the hearts of church leadership and members. It cannot be manufactured or coerced but we can seek God and plead for Him to move in our hearts and the hearts of your church. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. 1
  3. 3. Psalms 67:1-4 May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on Intensive Bible study (John 17:6-8) us with favor so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation M Search God’s Word for His heart and His plan as it relates among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, God; let all the peoples to the church and all peoples. praise You. Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the M Discover the theme of God’s glory and reconciliation of peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth. man as a thread through the entire Bible. True dependence on God (2 Chronicles 20:3-4; Proverbs 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord does not delay His promise, as some under- 29:18) stand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but M Understand that without God and His revelation, we can all to come to repentance. do nothing. Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; because You were slaughtered, and 2 embRACe GOD’S heART—from Genesis to Revelation, God consistently unveils His heart that some from all peoples You redeemed [people] for God by Your blood from every tribe and (people groups) would personally know and worship Him. language and people and nation. Consider this brief synopsis of the mission thread that runs Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude through the whole Bible from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could M God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden. (Genesis 3:8) number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were M Abrahamic Covenant. (Genesis 12:1-3) robed in white with palm branches in their hands. M God chose the people of Israel to represent Him to the nations. (Isaiah 49:6) 1 M Jesus became God-in-flesh to reveal the Father to us. Seek GOD’S heART—God’s desire is for you to be on (John 1:1-14) mission with Him. He will provide the power, the resources, and M Jesus sent out the disciples to be witnesses of Him. (Acts 1:8; the direction (Acts 1:8, John 15:1-11). It starts with leadership. Matthew 28:18) M One day people from every tribe and tongue will worship Brokenness and prayer (Isaiah 6:1-8) before God’s throne. (Revelation 5:9) M Pray that God will break hearts for His agenda. Embrace the mission of the church M Pray that God will give a passion for Him to be glorified M Every believer and church has been sent to be His mis- by all peoples. sionary people. (John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-19) M Every believer and church must proclaim the Gospel. (Romans 10:11-17) 2 3
  4. 4. M Every believer and church represents the name of God to We get ethnic from the root ethnos. This means we must take the those who have not yet believed. (2 Corinthians 5:14-21) Gospel to every ethnic group, every tongue, every tribe, every people. missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. worship is. A PeOPle GROUP is a group of individuals, frequently missions exists because worship doesn’t. worship is ultimate, speaking the same language, with a shared self-identity not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. when this and worldview. Strategically, a people group is the larg- age is over and the countless millions of the redeemed fall est group through which the Gospel can flow without on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no encountering a significant barrier. more. It is a temporary necessity. but worship abides forever. Today there are more than 11,000 distinct people groups —John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad of which about 6,400 are considered unreached (less than 2 percent evangelical). These unreached people groups (UPG) represent 1.6 billion people and 25 per- 3 cent of the world’s population. Many of these people ShARe GOD’S heART—as God awakens the hearts of groups are not only unreached, but they also have leaders, there is a need for that awakening to be multiplied NO access to the Gospel—meaning there is no known among the members of your church. church, missionary, or strategy in place to reach them. These people groups are called unengaged, unreached The message of God’s heart. Because God wants all people to people groups (UUPG). There are still nearly 3,500 unen- know and worship Him, the primary motivation behind mission gaged, unreached people groups in the world. is worship. Sin robs God of the glory He is due. Through God’s plan of reconciliation, He made a way for His people to once God’s method. If you have been reconciled to God and thus again know Him and to worship Him. consider yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, then you are the tool God’s redemptive plan is for ALL people. God has shown God will use. There is no other plan. The Bible tells us that as us in His Word that He views the world in people groups (ta we are reconciled to Him, we are, therefore, entrusted with the ethne) rather than geo-political nations. Consider the Great “message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). God has Commission: chosen you, the church, to be His messenger to the world. It is Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, (panta ta ethne, up to every believer and every church to proclaim the message of Root:ethnos) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the the Gospel to the ends of the earth. There are many who do not Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) yet believe because they have not yet heard, and how can they hear unless you go and tell them? (Romans 10:14-15) 4 5
  5. 5. Ways to share God’s heart M Discipleship class. Many churches offer ongoing dis- M From the pulpit. There is no greater point of communi- cipleship studies in addition to their Sunday School or cation in your church than the pulpit. If the cry of missions small group ministry. does not resonate from the heart of the pastor, impact M Church-wide study can involve both small group study will be limited. All other communications are simply and a concurrent sermon series. supplemental to what comes from the heart of the pulpit. Focused prayer strategy. Develop an intentional prayer time The process of instilling God’s heart into the church must during small groups and worship services to pray that God will intentionally flow from the pulpit, but it must be real, not begin to break hearts and to instill His heart in the church. For contrived. even greater emphasis, consider intentional prayer times other M Start with leadership. Jesus displayed a great model for us than regularly scheduled services. to follow: discover and invest in faithful, available, teachable Missionary guests. As available, invite missionaries to share believers (2 Timothy 2:2). Church-wide awakening is more field experiences and opportunities. This can be done in person likely to happen as God works through the hearts and lives or via Internet video links during a church service. of the church’s leadership (pastors, elders, staff, deacons, Printed/visual media. Be creative. Many free and low-cost ministry leaders, mission team, teachers, etc.). resources are available at imb.org. Discover and utilize all existing and available communication media—bulletin inserts, newsletters, small group announce- God wants to be worshipped and to receive glory ments, e-mails, videos, posters, etc. from all people groups. Consider developing a mission area. Pick a focal spot in he has chosen to use you, his church, to be his ambassador. the church facility and use resources such as maps, magazines, how will God use your church in his plan? photos, videos, stories, displays, etc. what unreached peoples will he lead you to disciple? Personal interaction. As you and others are awakened by God’s Through what relationships can you begin to call to missions, you should pray for and share with those who disciple unreached peoples? have not yet experienced this passion. Utilize intentional Bible studies M Church-wide small group focus. There are several op- tions for six- to eight-week Bible studies that could be used in small group or Sunday School ministries. 6 7
  6. 6. Select team members based on spiritual health and skill set. As exploring for God’s will is a spiritual exercise, it is more ENGAGE important to select team members who have an intimate walk MULTIPLY with God than people who have simply been active in missions. It is also important to remember that some people are fulfilled Missional by doing, not by developing strategy. If you put “doers” on this Maturity exploration team, they may be frustrated. Placing the right AWAKEN EQUIP individuals on the team in the correct roles will greatly impact the outcome of the process. Consider developing a temporary exploration team. If you EXPLORE do not have a currently active and functioning mission team, it may be good to form a temporary team that will help develop a preliminary mission strategy for your church. This will give time exPlORe God’s specific to observe and identify those individuals best suited to serve on the team long term. plan for your church If God wants to be worshipped by all people groups and He has 2 DevelOP mISSIONAl vAlUeS—There will be many opportunities to become involved in missions. To prevent chosen the church to be His messenger, how does He want you, unfocused, ineffective activity, develop values that will guide the church, to partner with Him in His plan? Who does He want ongoing involvement and strategy. you to reach, where will you reach them and with whom does He want you to partner in order to reach them? Start with a biblical end vision 1 M Strive for a comprehensive plan remembering that God ASSemble A TeAm—Involvement is crucial to mobilizing wants ALL people groups to know and worship Him. the whole church in the mission. Allowing others to be involved (Revelation 5:9; 7:9) in the exploring process will create and invite ownership, which M Plan to engage the least reached or unreached peoples will in turn lead to even more involvement. both locally and globally. (Acts 1:8) M Plan for long-term commitment. Because discipleship is Identify existing leaders with a missions passion—mission the goal, not just conversion. Therefore long-term involve- team/committee, project leaders, staff, lay leaders, etc. ment is essential. (Matthew 28:18-19) 8 9
  7. 7. 3 M Understand that the local church is God’s plan for ongoing disciple making. Therefore, church planting among ALL IDeNTIfy yOUR exISTING RelATIONShIPS people groups is a must. Has God already sent people out from your church to the Establish a foundational strategy mission field? The biblical model is that God calls out people M Seek God for His specific direction. from your church, and the church responds obediently by M Understanding the end vision develops the process steps sending them. Sending depicts partnering. As God calls people or activities that will be appropriate. out of your church, they are not disconnecting from your church M Begin to identify the personality and skill set of the church. but rather are sent out as representatives from the local church. There is a genuine responsibility of the “sender” to partner with the “sent” and a responsibility of the “sent” to be accountable to Example of a the “senders.” Foundational Mission Strategy As Southern baptists, we already have relationships that can become partnerships. Imb, North American mission board, your state convention, and your local association are ready and eager to help you develop new or strengthen existing relationships. Community Transformation Are there existing relationships already that fit in your mis- sional values? Establish Be a M Missionaries who have been sent from your church? Churches Blessing M Missionaries who have visited your church or with whom • Develop relationships • Assess needs you may have worked in the past? • Share the Gospel • Develop processes M Church planters either sent from or to your area? • Identify and develop for meeting needs 4 leaders • Invest in long-term • Gather the believers solutions IDeNTIfy UNReACheD PeOPleS • Multiply People group definition. A people group is a group of indivi- duals, frequently speaking the same language, with a shared self- PRAYER identity and worldview. Strategically, a people group is the largest 10 11
  8. 8. group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering a M Counsel with your IMB missional church strategist for significant barrier. additional helps and resources. To find your strategist, go to imb.org, click on Lead your church, then Who we are. M Identifying unreached people groups will require an Click on your state for the contact information of your intentional and careful look at your own community, mobilization strategist and give him a call! nation, and the least reached parts of the world. Understand M Demographic studies: Go to namb.net, click on Mission that disciple making takes time, energy, and love. Identify Resources, then Missional Research, then Knowing people groups with a plan to minister long term until they Community, then Demographic Reports. have experienced life and community transformation. M Global Research: imb.org/globalresearch But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you M State partnerships: sbc.net/stateconvassoc.asp will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) Possible discovery questions Developing a Comprehensive Acts 1:8 Strategy M What are the current mission activities/partnerships of Crossing geographical and cultural barriers to take the Gospel to all peoples your church and how effective are these activities as they Closest Farthest relate to discipling unreached peoples and the missional to the Gospel from the Gospel Reached Access Unreached Unengaged values? Nearest to you Who, How, With Whom: Who, How, With Whom: Who, How, With Whom: Who, How, With Whom: M Within current relationships, are there any unreached peoples you can adopt? Geographic determination based on proximity M Are there unreached people groups on the heart of the pastor or the hearts of key leaders in the church? M Are there pockets of lostness in the church community that are not currently being effectively engaged with the Gospel (i.e., students, cowboys, affinity groups, ethnic groups, geographical area, etc.)? Possible discovery methods M Websites: peoplegroups.org || peoplegroups.info || joshuaproject.net M Contact local social, government, health, and school Farthest from you © imb 2009 officials. 12 13
  9. 9. 5 ChOOSe A fOCUS PeOPle GROUP Study your unreached peoples. As people groups are identified, ENGAGE begin to study, know, and love them. MULTIPLY M Study their culture. • Primary language Missional • Primary religion(s) Maturity • Discover cultural landmines that may prevent long-term AWAKEN EQUIP effectiveness (i.e., clothing, touching with your left hand, showing bottoms of shoes, etc.). EXPLORE • Identify barriers to understanding the Gospel. • Discover where they live worldwide (locally and globally). eqUIP the church to fulfill God has a specific plan for your church to engage unreached peoples both locally and globally. how can you equip the mission 1 your church to be effectively engaged in what God has called you to do? eDUCATe yOUR ChURCh fOR The mISSION Develop an overall mission education process that crosses all age and/or affinity groups in your church. M Seek possible relational bridges that can be built. Include the whole church. Look for ways to educate the entire • What special skills or knowledge does the church offer body, including those who do not attend small groups. that may be beneficial to your people group (i.e., medical, Penetrate all ministry areas of the church. Since missions education, agriculture, trades, business, training, etc.)? is the mission of the church, all departments/areas of ministry • Consider holistic ministry, meeting physical, emotional, must be included: students, men, women, worship, children, and spiritual needs. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) education, etc. Develop creative ways for every segment of the • Develop relationships, become friends. church to be involved at some level. • Pray that God will increase your burden and love for these people. 14 15
  10. 10. 2 M What is their primary language? eDUCATe yOUR ChURCh wITh The vISION M What are some cultural landmines that could prevent What is the end vision? What is your church striving to long-term effectiveness? accomplish in penetrating lostness and your unreached people M What are the barriers that may keep your adopted people groups? group from hearing and receiving the Gospel? Communicate a clear definition of the mission. Teach and embrace biblical, practical, and reproducible Communicate the scope and length of commitments. missiology. Use discernment as you work to understand possible M Will you adopt missionaries or unreached peoples for a cultural implications of your actions. specific time period? M Beware of dependency. While striving to make disciples, M Will you adopt missionaries or unreached peoples until be careful to use resources and methods that your specific goals are accomplished? unreached peoples can ultimately model and reproduce Develop an ongoing communication process to inspire the themselves. Do not create an environment where outside church body to understand the vision and grow in love of resources are necessary to perpetuate the disciple-making identified unreached peoples. process. Clearly communicate what you want church members to M Guard against syncretism. In many cultures, it is easy do. What are your church’s members expected to do as it relates for the unreached peoples to simply “add” Jesus to the to the mission strategy and reaching the unreached? existing primary religion to which they already adhere. In the Hindu religion, there are more than 300 million gods, it would be very natural for them to add Jesus as Adoption principle: for long-term impact and missional “one” of their gods. Be committed to stress and preach the effectiveness, identify and adopt unreached people groups message that faith in Jesus Christ ALONE is the ONLY until they are able to reach and disciple their own people and way to salvation and right relationship with the Father. Be begin to move toward cross-cultural missions themselves. sure to emphasize repentance from sin and false religion. (John 14:6) 3 M Learn to contextualize the Gospel. The message of eqUIP yOUR ChURCh fOR The mISSION the Gospel NEVER changes, but the methods used to Increase cultural understanding. Equip your church to communicate the Gospel must adjust so the people can understand their personal worldview and how it compares to the understand it within their own culture (heart language). worldview of the identified unreached peoples. Remember that The goal of missions strategy is not to work against the Gospel flows within the medium of culture. existing culture in order to implant new culture. The M What are distinguishing characteristics of the identified goal is to understand and work within existing culture to peoples? 16 17
  11. 11. share the Gospel in a way it can be understood and then Develop an ongoing training process for team leaders and disseminated to others within that culture. Allow the team members. adopted peoples to worship in their context while at the M Team member training, team leader training, and more same time adhering to biblical doctrine. (example: Mars are tools that are available through IMB resources Hill, Acts 17:16-34) (imbresources.org). IMB believes it is essential for you to Uphold the basic unchanging principles of missions include Safe Travel Solutions in your equipping process. M The ONLY hope for mankind is Jesus Christ! He is the (safetravelsolutions.org). only way of salvation. Truly, all the church has to offer the Organize for effectiveness. IMB highly recommends that your lost of the world is the message of hope in Jesus Christ. pastor/mission leader register your church to utilize the Web- M God wants to be known among ALL people. Realizing and based mission tool called imbCONNECT.net. The leader signs embracing this concept leads His followers out of their up to obtain the credentials and password necessary to use the comfort zones to reach those who are different from them. tool. Then the pastor/mission leader will invite all other team M God desires and commands all of His children, Christians, members into your church’s private mission site. To obtain your to partner with Him in His mission. As part of the body of credentials and password, go to imbCONNECT.net. Coaching Christ, every authentic Christian must play his or her part to use this tool is available from your missional church strategist in His plan. The overall goal of a church is to mobilize every at IMB or call the church mobilization specialist assigned to part of the body of Christ to play its part in discipling the your state at (800) 999-3113. This tool is useful for all local and unreached peoples—whether it be through fervent prayer, global mission planning. 4 sacrificial giving, going to proclaim, or sending others. Embrace flexibility for the sake of communicating the Gospel ORGANIze yOUR ChURCh TO fUlfIll The through the medium of your adopted unreached people’s culture. mISSION On the mission field, there are times when long-range planning Develop teams that will move your church to be more effective has to change—sometimes daily! in the missions strategy. Possible teams could include: M Be committed to the end vision but stay flexible in method- M Acts 1:8 team. Oversee and develop ongoing strategy, ology. create necessary policies and procedures, and seek ongoing M Be willing to die to personal culture so that disciples can partnership opportunities. Possible team goals: be made. • Define partnership levels M Learn to love the adopted peoples unconditionally. • Define your missions policies • Set parameters for new partnerships • Create budgeting and funding processes 18 19
  12. 12. • Set policies for short-term trips, fund raising, new ideas, team leading, etc. • Create a sending process—be prepared for those God calls out for lifetime, cross-cultural work. ENGAGE • Develop and evaluate engagement strategies MULTIPLY • Oversee ongoing church-wide mobilization process M Communication team. Develop ongoing processes for utilizing available media or creating new media to Missional Maturity continually update the church about your partnerships. AWAKEN EQUIP This would include stories and/or needs from the field, service opportunities, missions understanding, etc. M Prayer team. Develop ongoing processes to help mobilize EXPLORE your church to pray consistently, specifically, and fervently. Identify and train leaders. Identify individuals with specific skills the people of your church possess. eNGAGe in God’s specific Remember, involvement leads to ownership. As more and more people are invited to be a part of the missions strategy, plan for your church ownership, in most cases, will increase exponentially. As needs arise, allow for more opportunities for more people to be involved at many different levels. 1 leARN exISTING STRATeGy Realize and support existing, effective field strategy. Learn from those with greater cultural understanding. When possible, work with—not in spite of—existing workers. Find ways to strengthen strategy. 2 GO TO The UNReACheD PeOPleS—to carry out what God has called the church to do. Discovery trips. Send groups to where the adopted peoples are located, whether locally or globally. Seek to: M Learn culture M Discover potential partners M Identify needs 20 21
  13. 13. M Search for potential opportunities to engage M Seek the persons of peace. Short-term teams. In fulfillment of the end vision and mission 3 evAlUATe The PROGReSS M Compare progress as it relates to the end vision. M Commit to function, not form. strategy, send trained and prepared teams regularly, consistently M Be fluid, ready to respond to needed changes. and often so trust can be earned and the adopted peoples may be M Be flexible when on the mission field. discipled. Possible activities could include: M Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. M Prayerwalking M Seek to strengthen or modify relationships for the sake of M Evangelism M Social ministry greater effectiveness. M Develop an ongoing evaluation process to compare current M Local schools M Skills training activity to the overall end vision. M Leadership development M Bridge building—sport camps, medical clinics, English classes, business training, etc. Long-term M Your church may, in many cases, be “the missionary.” M Be prepared for the real possibility that a team member may feel called to a longer involvement, i.e., six months, a year, or more. M Pray for and expect God to call some for life-time, cross- cultural missions. Do whatever it takes M Pray for God to identify ways to facilitate genuine life and community transformation. M Be willing to take risks. M Commit time and resources until the adopted peoples are reached and discipled. M Serve with passion, persistence, and tenacity. M Sacrifice comfort and desires. M Seek to involve other churches, individuals and/or organi- zations. 22 23
  14. 14. M Acts 16:5—the mission turned into a church-planting ENGAGE movement. Multiplication into the life of other believers. 2 Timothy 2:2 MULTIPLY “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach Missional others also.” AWAKEN Maturity EQUIP before anything else can happen, we must dedicate effort EXPLORE into prayer, asking God to move the hearts of people and churches for the mission. we can exhort, equip, and encourage, but only God can move the heart of believers mUlTIPly your lives, into the harvest. Dedicate seasons of prayer at appropriate times in the life of your church to ask God to call out those mission, and ministry into individuals specially chosen for the mission. matthew 9:37-38 other believers 1 fOllOw The bIblICAl mODelS Of mUlTI- PlICATION 2 eNlIST—ThOSe TO DISCIPle AND meNTOR Pray M Pray for members Multiplication of churches—the model demonstrated in the M Pray for church leaders book of Acts. M Pray for other pastors and churches M Acts 1:15—church is recorded having 120 souls. Actively invite M Acts 2:41—3,000 added. Only God can change hearts, but it is incumbent on us to ask M Acts 2:47—the Lord added day by day. and provide opportunities for other churches to respond and M Acts 4:4—5,000 men added. enlist in service to the King in His mission. M Acts 5:14—multitudes of men and women added. Relationships are essential. Identify other churches, pastors, and M Acts 6:7—number of disciples “multiplied greatly.” missions leaders with whom you have an existing relationship. M Acts 9:31—now numbering “churches,” not individuals. Actively invite them to join you in the mission. Seek ways to M Acts 11:21—“great number.” mentor them in a missional growth journey. 24 25
  15. 15. Use special missions presentations, impact weekends, and cele- brations to invite those you want to partner with and mentor. Consider never going on a mission trip as a church without Connection Points including at least one pastor and lay leader from another church. Ready to connect to God’s global mission? Let us help you plug in 3 eqUIP Give—as a way of encouragement, give a partial scholarship to on the greatest adventure your church will ever experience. Here are key “connection points” where you can find personal encouragement, additional information, and ideas to help you get started. someone who has never been on a strategic mission trip before. Go with those you enlist so they, too, can experience, taste, and Find connection points and helpful resources feel missions. from IMB: Guide them through their own journey of awakening, exploring, getconnectedglobally.com equipping, engaging, and multiplying in missions involvement. Model servant leadership—don’t walk with them as a superior Or call or e-mail: but as a fellow pilgrim on the journey. IMB (800) 999-3113, option 3 • imb@imb.org Be like Paul—“Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1). 4 eNCOURAGe M Be mutually accountable M Meet together regularly M Pray together M Be available 26 27
  16. 16. ChURCh SeRvICeS GROUP ReGION 5 Mike Hand, missional church strategist • mhand@imb.org • (800) 999- encouraging • Coaching • Connecting 3113, ext. 1908 Barbara Smith, mobilization specialist • bhsmith@imb.org (800) 999-3113, Managing Director: Dave Clippard ext. 1423 • AK, AZ, CA, Canada, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, dclippard@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1018 or (804) 564-1993 SD, UT, WA, WY Administrative Assistant: Heidi Zenk hzenk@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1667 ReGION 6 Elvin McCann, missional church strategist • emccann@imb.org (866) 821-4367 Mary Jo Hines, mobilization specialist • mhines@imb.org (800) 999-3113, ext. 1453 • OK, TX wOmeN Paula Hemphill, women’s missional strategist • phemphill@imb.org (800) 999-3113, ext. 1714 • (864) 404-0324 (cell) NON TRADITIONAl ChURCheS Mark Morris, director/emerging leaders team mark@missionleader.com • (901) 921-6118 Caleb Crider, missional church strategist emerging leaders ccrider@imb.org • (503) 360-6916 ReGION 1 STATe AND ASSOCIATION RelATIONS Terry Sharp, director/lead strategist • tsharp@imb.org Joe Dillon, missional church strategist • jdillon@imb.org • (866) 758-1231 (800) 999-3113, ext. 1939 Nancy Chaffin, mobilization specialist • nchaffin@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1914 • CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV hISPANIC ReGION 2 Jason Carlisle, missional church strategist • jcarlisle@imb.org (866) 407-9597 • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1725 Alan Duncan, missional church strategist • aduncan@imb.org Aurora Garza, mobilization specialist (866) 233-0134 agarza@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1366 Brenda Helms, mobilization specialist • bhelms@imb.org (800) 999-3113, ext. 1943 • IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, TN, WI AfRICAN-AmeRICAN ReGION 3 David Cornelius, missional church strategist dcornelius@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1422 Gib Gerlach, missional church strategist • ggerlach@imb.org (866) 521-7213 Wendy Houston, mobilization specialist • whouston@imb.org kOReAN/ASIAN (800) 999-3113, ext. 1963 • FL, GA, SC Gihwang Shin, missional church strategist gshin@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1490 ReGION 4 Eric King, missional church strategist • eking@imb.org • (866) 596-1744 GReAT COmmISSION PARTNeRS Libby Panter, mobilization specialist • lpanter@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, Sonny Sweatman, partner liaison ext. 1935 • AL, AR, LA, MO, MS ssweatman@imb.org • (800) 999-3113, ext. 1516 28 29
  17. 17. whAT CAN The ChURCh SeRvICeS GROUP DO helPfUl ReSOURCeS fOR yOU? Events—imb.org—select “Events” We can provide: M Mission equipping events—2allpeoples.com M CONNECTIONS: We will serve as your connecting point for establishing new relationships with missionaries Mission resources—resources.imb.org and strategic mission opportunities. M IMB home page—imb.org M OACHING: We will provide experienced and skilled C M Organizing your teams and ministry—imbconnect.net mobilization specialists and missional church strategists to M CEL explore preparation for missions—icelonline. I coach as requested, assuring you personal and individual com/Explore service. M lobal research (world evangelization status)—imb.org/ G M ETWORKING: Your Church Services Group can be- N globalresearch come your link to others of like mind and practice. We will M Where There is No Doctor” (free download)— “ help you make strategic connections with partners in your healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm mission projects. People groups—peoplegroups.org M RAINING: Your missional church strategist can lead T M eople groups living in your area— peoplegroups.info/ P you to the latest and most complete materials and pro- default.aspx cesses. As appropriate, they are available to lead training events for you. Short-term needs and opportunities—going.imb.org/volunteers/ M ONSULTING: This team can share best practices over C default.asp a longer period of time. Specific goals and time allotments M Travel insurance/short term (Gallagher Services)— are necessary for this level of consulting. Your missional aaintl.com church strategist is available to come to your church for M assport information—going.imb.org/vim/Step_2/ P personal coaching and consultation at no cost to you. passports.asp M NCOURAGEMENT: We will celebrate your victories E M Safe Travel Solutions (travel training video)— and share in your struggles. safetravelsolutions.org M Short-term training tools—imbresources.org “training” State partnerships—sbc.net/stateconvassoc.asp M Directors of Missions—dom.imb.org M State conventions—state.imb.org 30 31
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