Are you looking for resources to use to prepare your team? Well, let me share with you a couple of my favorites!
One Thing: A Gospel Centered Life On Mission is hot off the press, and I love it! I got the chance to use this in-depth Bible Study to train a short-term team going into an area of unreached peoples. I was blown away with this holistic study and how it allowed each person to examine themselves first as a disciple (knowing, loving and obeying God), then how to make disciples (connecting, sharing and equipping). Author Ben Harrell uses his family’s life experiences which make it very personal, real and sometimes raw. This is a great in-depth study of God’s Word and mission! Available on Amazon: www.amazon.com
Tradecraft: For The Church On Mission is another favorite of mine. The authors, from The Upstream Collective, expertly outline 9 missionary skills that every follower of Christ should practice and that are foundational to missionary thought and activity. Things like: Following The Spirit, Mapping, Exegeting Culture, Building Relationships, Persons of Peace, Contextualization, and more. I have used this book with many teams and find it very practical and effective. It is filled with knowledge that is easy to apply in our everyday lives of being disciples, as well as, engaging other cultures overseas. Available on Amazon: www.amazon.com
If you are a Pastor or church missions leader, I think another must read from The Upstream Collective is The Sending Church Defined. The team at Upstream gathers pastors together at their regional Sending Church Roundtables to discuss and collaborate on what it means to be a ‘sending church’ and what that looks like in their particular context. They found that although many people used the term ‘sending church,’ they didn’t all agree on what it meant. So through more discussion and collaboration they began to draw out a definition. This is what evolved:
A Sending Church is a local community of Christ-followers who have made a covenant together to be prayerful, deliberate, and proactive in developing, commissioning, and sending their own members both locally and globally, often in partnership with other churches or agencies, and continuing to encourage, support, and advocate for them while making disciples cross-culturally.
Because words matter, they spent months breaking down the definition word by word in blog posts. It has been made into the book mentioned above and I highly recommend it! It is easy and fun to read. Available at: www.createspace.com
I know you will love these as much as I do as you mobilize others to live on mission!