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Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.

 

While our primary focus is to missionaries and senders within the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, we welcome all to glean from this collection of missions resources.

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DEVELOPING A MISSIONS VISION:

ORGANIZATIONS:

Based on Mark 16:15, Sixteen:Fifteen "exists to help local churches discover and use their unique gifts in partnership with others to make Christ known among all nations." They put on conferences and provide coaching for local churches to help them develop a missions vision and strategy.

BOOKS:

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper (Many of Piper's books, including this one, are available to download for free here.)

Piper examines missions from the perspective that it is the result of our worship, "the inner stirring of the heart to treasure God above all treasures of the world;" that it is powered by prayer, which preserves His supremacy and brings Him glory; that it is moved forward by the joyful acceptance of suffering, showing the supremacy of God over all else; and that it is necessary in order to reach every people group with the testimony of Christ, that God may be glorified among all nations. Tom Stellar closes the book with an afterword concluding, "There are only two ways for us to respond to the truth we have been considering about the supremacy of God in missions. We must either go out for the sake of his name, or we must send and support such people who do, and do so in a manner worthy of God."

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton

Drawing on his experience in urban ministry in Atlanta, Lupton explains how charitable giving can and often does cause more harm than good to the communities that individuals are wanting to help because, "Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people." Instead, he espouses community development which focuses on working with those in need, identifying and building on local assets, identifying what the local community sees as the most important needs, investing with the poor, developing local leadership, and working at a pace that the community is comfortable with in order to bring about lasting change.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Corbett and Fikkert explain that an incomplete definition of poverty in terms solely of material poverty in combination with the God-complexes of the materially non-poor and the feelings of inferiority of the materially poor lead to harm being done to both the materially poor and non-poor. They articulate strategies to develop policies and programs that will help a community by addressing both broken systems and broken individuals using a highly relational approach.

When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison

Spitters and Ellison examine the ramifications on missions of the idea that everything a church does is missions. They work through seven questions as they encourage pastors to develop a "healthy, unified, dynamic missions vision that flows from thinking about missions well."