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Bill Stearns, Amy Stearns

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Grounded in solid Bible teaching, this book is ideal for small groups and adult Sunday school as well as for individuals interested in missions efforts. Here are new, uplifting accounts of what God is doing today, plus resources and opportunities to get involved. It will challenge Christians with its inspiring glimpses of the impact of the Good News combined with intensely practical ways for people to be a part of what God is doing around the world.
     

Unfreezing Moves Following Jesus into the Mission FieldUnfreezing Moves Following Jesus into the Mission Field
Bill Easum
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At the dawn of the third millennium two kinds of churches fill the Western landscape: stuck and unstuck. Most Protestant congregations are stuck in the muck and mire of their institutions with little or no movement toward joining Jesus on the mission field. To these "Controllers," faithfulness means supporting their church and keeping it open. For churches to be faithful to their God-given mission, they need Dreamers who are freed from their slavery to their institutions, freed to live for others on the mission field, and emancipated to function in a constantly changing world. The same can be said for denominations. This book focuses on how to place disciple - making at the core of a church's identity. He describes four spheres of congregational culture, and he shows how the Dreams can thaw their congregation by using Nine Unfreezing Moves that will unstick any church.
     

Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term MissionsMack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions
J. Mack, Leeann Stiles
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How can you and your team prepare for a short-term missions trip? These veteran leaders of trips all over the globe share field-tested advice nobody should go without. You'll find practical tips, hard-won lessons, and hilarious stories about learning to trust God, your hosts, and yourself; growing a servant spirit; dealing with re-entry; and more. 192 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
     

Ministering Cross-Culturally, 2d ed.: An Incarnational Model for Personal RelationshipsMinistering Cross-Culturally, 2d ed.: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships
Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Marvin K. Mayers
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Ministering Cross-Culturally examines the significance of the incarnation for effective cross-cultural ministry. The authors demonstrate that Jesus needed to learn and understand the culture in which he lived before he could undertake his public ministry. The ideas in this book have proven to be successful for thousands of ministers.
     

Short-Term Missions WorkbookShort-Term Missions Workbook
Tim A. Dearborn
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Offer your congregation life- and faith-transforming experiences through global ministry. Eight orientation sessions prepare individuals and teams by instilling a biblical perspective of the world and increasing cross-cultural understanding. After your mission trip, two follow-up meetings help with "re-entry" adjustments. Dearborn's practical handbook features activities, reflection/discussion questions, suggestions for additional reading, and leader's guide. 126 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
     

Missions Trip Prep Kit Leader's GuideMissions Trip Prep Kit Leader's Guide
Kevin Johnson
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Headed to inner-city America? Appalachia? A border shantytown? Overseas? Wherever your destination, the Mission Trip Prep Kit contains all you need to prepare your students for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience - and tools to debrief them after they've returned to their worlds.

In this leader's guide, you'll receive not only the rationale, the how, and the logistics of planning and pulling off a missions trip, but, four pre-trip teaching sessions that will help your students:

  • Assess their expectations, their fears, their motivations
  • Adjust their perceptions of the culture they'll be working in
  • Improve their emotional and spiritual stamina for living for a week or a month in a very different world from their own
  • Practice the skills and attitudes (teamwork, servanthood, Christ-centeredness) they'll need for a missions trip
And to make sure your trip's goals are accomplished and the benefits stick around for the long haul, you'll also receive two post-trip sessions that will help you debrief your students, ease them back into their own worlds, celebrate with them, and make missions and ministry part of their everyday lives with Jesus.

What's more, in these pre- and post-trip teaching sessions are a variety of activities, processing points, creative prayer ideas, take-home applications, Bible studies relevant to missions trips, talk outlines that both instruct and inspire, and lots of sessions options you can tailor to your own high schoolers or middle schoolers.
     


Missions Trip Prep Kit Student GuideMissions Trip Prep Kit Student Guide
Kevin Johnson
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Wherever your destination, this journal pretty much says it all. It contains all you need to understand what you're learning on your trip, to digest and incorporate your experiences so they become part of you - and maybe even have some serious fun while you're doing all that spiritual stuff.

Inside these pages, you'll receive Devotional Bible readings and studies... reflective questions that get you thinking about the trip ahead or behind you... and, of course, journaling opportunities for expressing yourself before, during and after the trip.
     



Go and Make Disciples!: An Introduction to Christian MissionsGo and Make Disciples!: An Introduction to Christian Missions
Roger Greenway
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This book is especially helpful for adult study groups in the church, persons preparing for short term mission experiences, and college level introductory courses in missions. The excellant organization, well selected quotations for missions scholars, coupled with helpful review and discussion questions make this volume ideal for group learning.
     

Anthropology for Christian WitnessAnthropology for Christian Witness
Charles H. Kraft
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This book is a thorough, basic introduction to the study of anthropology for those who plan careers in mission or cross-cultural ministry. This new work of Charles H. Kraft, represents the synthesis of a lifetime of teaching and study. Kraft treats the very basics, including theories of culture and society; an assessment of the various anthropological schools; kinship and family structure, and communication of culture, and discusses these things in relation to Christian values.
     


Getting SentGetting Sent
Pete Sommer
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Most of us would rather have a root canal than ask for money. Raising support is one of the most difficult challenges facing Christians in ministry. Fears of rejection, concerns about biblical validity, feelings of not being deserving, anxiety about limited resources can all block us from obtaining the means to fulfill our calling. Getting Sent both affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and demystifies the process. The relational strategy in this book has proven valuable for those who serve Christ on campus, in the city or in other special ministries at home or abroad. It is not necessarily the quickest approach to raising money, but it is the most lasting and fulfilling for those who give and receive.
     
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