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PreparingToGo.com/guidance – Multiple sources of guidance for aspiring missionaries
TheJourneyDeepens.com – Weekend retreats for prospective missionaries
MissionNext.org – Two-day Forums for prospective missionaries
Finishers.org – “Process Stages ~ Start Where You Are” (especially for prospective missionaries in their 40s and 50s)
NEXT STEPS: Equipping Every Believer for Great Commission Involvement
Perspectives.org/alumni – “Next Steps” (Especially geared for Perspectives course alumni)
MAC-Global.wikispaces.com/nextsteps – “Next Steps on Your World Christian Journey”
ShortTermMissions.com (comprehensive, all ages, 1-week to 3-year opportunities)
MNNonline.org/mission-trips – (comprehensive, all ages)
MissionFinder.org (comprehensive, all ages, short-term & career opportunities)
MissionNext.com (opportunities and counsel for ages 24-40)
Finishers.org (information, coaching and pathways for mid-lifers)
AGRM’S Short-term Urban Missions Directory (Urban-based Short-Term Opportunities)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Missionscatalyst.net – Local, Regional & National Missions Events Calendar (See “Calendar” on top menu)
AskAMissionary.com – Hundreds of answers on becoming a missionary from the mouths of missionaries! Also, click on “Ask” in the top menu to ask your own missionary question!
Operation World by Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk. This amazing book provides strategic insights and prayer points on every country in the world.
Waymakers.org/pray/prayerwalking – This web site provides practical insights for prayerwalking in your community or on a mission trip. Includes a book link to Prayerwalking: Praying On-site with Insight by Steve Hawthorne.
International Prayer Council & JustinLong.org – Both sites provide links to prayer initiatives for unreached peoples, countries and regions of the world. See: ipcprayer.org/links & justinlong.org/prayer-guides
For additional links to global, national and unreached peoples-specific prayer initiatives, as well as prayer training, books, magazines, articles, websites, quotes, videos, mp3’s and children’s prayer resources, see: MAC-Global Prayer Resources
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement – A 15-week course (typically one evening per week) that unfolds God’s plan for the world and different roles for individuals and churches. Every prospective missionary should take this course. Classes online and around the world.
Other introduction-to-missions courses with varying time commitments and emphases can be found at: MAC-Global Intro to Missions Courses
A very helpful and diverse compilation of mission-related events and missionary training can also be found at: askamissionary.com/resources/courses.php
TENTMAKING & BUSINESS AS MISSION (BAM)
Globalopps.org – Uniquely focused on “Tentmaking” missionary training, information and inspiration
BLESSING THE NATIONS AMONG US
mac-global.wikispaces.com/diaspora – Discover strategies, training, networking and resources for the many peoples God is bring to us as immigrants, refugees, international students and business travelers.
Perspectives On the World Christian Movement (Reader), Winter and Hawthorne – A fantastic reference resource and text book for the internationally renowned course by the same name.
The Future of the Global Church – Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, examines trends that will have a major impact on the course of world events for a generation to come.
Western Christians in Global Mission, by Paul Borthwick. The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner telling North Americans how they can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer God’s call to global involvement.
Radical, by David Platt. A stirring challenge for the renewal of the American church. A much-needed appeal for a return to the radical basics of discipleship. See also David’s equally impacting follow-up book, Radical Together.
Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion.
Christian Heroes: Then and Now, by Janet and Geoff Benge. Easy-to-read series of 42 missionary biographies (about 200 pages each) will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great for helping your pre-teens and up to catch a heart for the nations and the mission of the Church.
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions, by Ruth Tucker. Understand the life and role of a missionary through real life failures and successes throughout history.
On Being a Missionary, by Thomas Hale, veteran missionary to Nepal. This 422 page book is a highly readable, practical compilation of the ideas, experiences and insights of over one hundred missionaries.
Ask A Missionary, by John McVay. If you are exploring doing something extraordinary for the glory of God among the nations, Ask A Missionary will give clarity and answers for a journey into missions.
Funding Your Ministry, by Scott Morton. This book addresses the obstacles for those who raise personal support with answers and a biblical path for recruiting and maintaining donor support.
The God Ask, by Steve Shadrach. Steve’s second book on support raising gains even higher praise than his first. Highly recommended.
Additional recommended missions book lists: MAC-Global.wikispaces.com/recommended
Great sources for missions books: MAC-Global.wikispaces.com/books
MISSION RESOURCES LINKS
MAC-Global.wikispaces.com/resources, annotated links to select missions resources
MissionResources.com, resources from A-Z for missionaries and Christians worldwide
Oscar.org.uk, UK Information Service for World Missions
UNREACHED AND LEAST REACHED PEOPLES
Adopt-A-People.org – The Adopt-A-People Campaign, facilitated by the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA provides a thorough e-manual on how to adopt an unreached people group, case studies, a list of sending and service agencies participating, and an introductory video.
IssacharInitiative.org – The Issachar Initiative is a fresh new and robust effort to champion 1) The worlds unengaged unreached peoples, 2) all unreached peoples, 3) the various strategic elements for fully reaching a people group with the Gospel.
Gaapnet.org – Adopt-A-People Clearing House, facilitated by GAAPnet, is for those who want to report their involvement and adoption of a people group, or to find others who have adopted the same group so they can begin networking and possibly partnering with them. Also provides services for churches looking for guidance and assistance in adopting a people group.
JoshuaProject.net – Joshua Project provides a regularly updated listing of the least reached people groups of the world and their current status of engagement. Additional web pages for churches and individuals provide guidance and help with missions involvement.
GLOBAL OUTREACH TEAM ASSISTANCE
MAC-Global.wikispaces.com/goteam provides links to mobilization ministries, resources, conferences, seminars & consulting to help missions take deep root in the life of your church.
MAGAZINES, E-ZINES & BLOGS
Ask A Missionary – A quarterly email newsletter on becoming a missionary with answers, missions magazines, books, conferences, and internet sites. AskAMissionary.com/enewsletter.php
Daily Connexions – Keeps you in touch with the latest postings to missions-related articles, e-zines, videos, conferences, events, strategies and resources. Scoop.it/t/daily-connexions
Mission Frontiers – Hard copy or on the web, MF is published bi-monthly by the U.S. Center for World Mission and dedicated to fostering a global movement to establish an indigenous, and self-reproducing church planting movement amongst all unreached peoples as soon as possible. MissionFrontiers.org
Missions Catalyst – A weekly e-zine that rotates between missions resource reviews, global news and insights into mission mobilization. MissionsCatalyst.com
Perspectives in Practice – This monthly e-zine inspires Perspectives alumni and others with testimonies, practical tips and ideas to get involved in going, sending, praying, welcoming, mobilizing, and business as mission.
Postings – Catalyst Services’ Ellen Livingood and various guest editors provide a monthly downloadable pdf on strategic mission thinking and practices for local churches and mission agencies. Catalystservices.org/postings
Propel – MDAT’s quarterly publication is designed to spur believers on in their involvement in world missions. Propel.mdat.org
Threads – A weekly e-zine that provides practical ways to embrace the Great Commission as a core vision of family discipleship. Activities unpack key concepts surrounding how and why we do missions, near and far, focusing on four key areas: Discover, Explore, Connect, and Live. Weavefamily.org/threads
Thrive Connection – A bi-monthly web newsletter with articles by women who know the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture, stumbling over a new language and finding a place in ministry.