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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.

Catalyst Services is "a space where churches, networks, and agencies can connect and find help in order to fully involve believers in global witness."

Mission Resource Network offers a service to churches in which they help churches "to develop a plan that is easy to implement and designed to meet your missions goals" and then assist churches in the execution of the plan through "personalized consultation, expert knowledge and vision casting, access to mission experts, customized guidance and training, ongoing coaching to execute the plan, and connection to resources and professionals."

Propempo International assists churches to develop a biblical, local church centered missions ministry, providing "international planning and training consultation; certified cultural diversity training; advising and counseling for expatriate workers in international environments; international strategy planning." Their website also contains helpful resources including a blog and podcast which address issues in missions.

BOOKS:

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." 

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.

The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone

Written by the author of the first six editions of Operation World, The Future of the Global Church attempts to interpret what the data tells us about the progress of world evangelization. Filled with maps, charts, and graphs, it examines nine global challenges to evangelization, gives an overview of church history and the major world religions, and then goes on to describe the branches of Christianity and trends in missions.