Each month we will add more resources (highlighting a book, video, brochure, or other resource) from OC associates and partners. Enjoy!
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Here are the resources featured in our online publications recently:
Resources from One Challenge...
This 18-page booklet is by One Challenge and the OC Global Research Team.
This featured resource is One Challenge's Our Story booklet. God is writing a story through OC. It's a story of what is possible when his followers come together to change the world.
His narrative is about ordinary people - changed by love - partnering to bring biblical hope to broken people and communities. God's story is about Transforming Nations ... Together.
You'll read of regular people used by the Spirit to make a difference. In innumerable ways, God keeps writing his story through the simple obedience of his people. That's you and me!
This is by One Challenge Mobilization team.
This new brochure is geared especially for those who are seeking a mission agency, to serve the Lord as a future worker. It presents a world map listing where One Challenge workers are serving. One Challenge is an organization committed to HELPING YOU equip God's people all over the world to transform nations.
All members of the body of Christ contribute to the growth of God's kingdom. We want to guide you in FINDING WHERE YOU FIT, providing you with the community, training and experience you will need.
What area might that be?
... Education, Sports Ministry, MemberCare, Community Development, Church Planting & Growth, Research, Business for Transformation, Missions Mobilization, Partnering & Networking, Leadership Development.
Through our OC Global Alliance, let us help you take a look at the Worldwide Vision of what God's doing and where you can serve!
This new brochure includes information for those who want to support One Challenge through prayer, giving, and/or serving. It presents snapshots of what One Challenge workers are doing in a variety of ministry areas around the world. Our name, One Challenge, expresses our passionate devotion to Jesus' command to "go and make disciples of all nations." Transforming Nations … Together Inspired by Scripture and compelled by a broken world, we dream of transforming nations together. This challenge cannot be fulfilled by a single organization but requires Christ-followers around the world working together.
SERVE, EQUIP, CONNECT In obedience to Jesus, our mission is to serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ and its leaders to advance God's kingdom among all people.
ASK AND ASSIST We ask how God is at work and discern through prayerful research how to assist the body of Christ to bring God's transformation to lives, neighborhoods, and nations. WE ARE ONE CHALLENGE.
One Challenge is passionately devoted to building collaboration in the global body of Christ. The OC Global Alliance, established in 2010, is a beautiful expression of this. It is a coalition of 11 global sending centers, of which One Challenge in the U.S. is one. These sending centers partner together by sharing resources and experience to advance God's kingdom work. We celebrate the way the Holy Spirit is using all of these independent pieces in concert to further the gospel among the nations. This brochure includes information about the OC Global Alliance impact around the world in 2016 as well as the financial information from the One Challenge U.S. Mobilization Center.
These cards are by OC's Mobilization department.
Here are just a few:
- Pastoral training, Church planting, Evangelism, Discipleship...
- Research, Information technology, Web design...
- School teachers, Dorm parents, Leadership development...
- Sports coaching, Youth work...
- Small business, Medicine, Media/journalism...
This brochure includes tips to consider when choosing an agency for mission service, including fit, finances, and focus of ministry. For example...
- FIT – Your first consideration. Every mission has a particular DNA. You want to be sure it matches up with your DNA.
- DOCTRINE – do you agree with what the agency stands for and stands against?
- PHILOSOPHY & STRATEGY – do you resonate with what they think needs to be done and how they go about doing it?
- VALUES – these define the heart of the agency. Is your heart reflected in its heart?
Resources from Others...
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This book is written by OC's Bill Lawrence.
The wilderness is God’s original temple, the place where He called His leaders and formed His followers. In the Bible nothing but good comes out of the wilderness. The wilderness is an experience to be embraced, not a punishment to be escaped. Much popular thinking sees the wilderness as bad, something to be avoided at all costs, but, when we understand the true meaning of the wilderness, we see it as hard but good. Just as Israel pursued a zigzag line across the wilderness to the Promised Land, so we must pursue a zigzag life toward God’s fruitfulness for us.
In fact, the zigzag life is the shortest distance to fruitfulness in God’s purposes. So let’s enter into our wilderness wanderings, not with fear, but with the anticipation of God’s good hand on us, purifying us through His holiness while using us for His glory.
This book is by Dr Laura Mae Gardner, who served with her husband Richard in Wycliffe and SIL for more than 50 years. After two decades of translating the Bible in Mexico, Laura Mae and Richard did further studies in Mental Health and Missions and Member Care, and they went on to create the international department of member care in Wycliffe/SIL.
This book has been designed to help leaders of sending agencies and churches in creating a comprehensive care plan for their members in mission. The first nine chapters give a comprehensive overview about the why and how to of setting up a member care plan for cross-cultural workers. The following nine chapters discuss in depth the challenges cross-cultural workers are dealing with and what member carers (church, friends, agency) can do to assist them and even more importantly how to avoid unnecessary crises and suffering on the part of these choice people of God.
You can order this online at: www.condeopress.com.
This book is by OC Africa's Willie Botha, David Bulger, and Karl Teichert.
What are the training needs of South Africa's Christian leadership? In what areas do the nation's church leaders want to grow and develop? The answers to these, and many related questions, are now known after an extensive research project conducted by TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) Southern Africa.A Cry for Intimacy documents the responses from 800 pastoral leaders. Read more about this book on their website at: www.ocafrica.net.
This "rack card" gives an overview of Near Frontiers, an OC USA ministry. Given the fact that the U.S. is the leading receiver nation of international migrants by a huge margin, we have been led of God to focus on helping the church enter this amazing mission field. We are reaching out to those who have never heard the gospel, many who now live in our towns and neighborhoods. Hence the name, Near Frontiers. Our tagline is "Partnering to love the world next door."
How about you? Are you...
- A believer interested in local cross-cultural friendships? ...we can give you resources for connecting cross-culturally where you live
- Do you wonder if overseas missions is God's will for you? ...we can coach you in how to prepare ... students, singles, and married
- Are you researching possible mission agencies to join? ...we can explain opportunities in the USA or globally
This infographic is by GMI.
We are surrounded by inequity in our world today. Nowhere is that inequity more on display than in how indigenous peoples are treated by governments and industry. The global Church and the Christian mission enterprise is responding in love and must act against these injustices. Explore the layers of indigenous life.
Engaging through Prayer
Dear God, help my heart to ache for indigenous peoples globally who have suffered so much from hundreds of years of injustice. So many times I reduce these fellow men and women to abstract ideas or generalizations. Help me to see them as people who have families, dreams and traditions. Give me understanding of what they have suffered as well as what they have accomplished. Also give me an understanding of how you are working among the indigenous peoples of the world. With that understanding, now give me direction on how I should respond. Amen.
This book is by Jon Hirst with GMI.
Christians are called to be good stewards of time, talents, and treasures. Jon Hirst also urges believers to steward knowledge, an abundant resource few of us handle well. "There have been plenty of books and sermons telling Christians what to think," says Hirst. "We need to explore how to think, and how to steward the knowledge we have to reach more people for Christ."
The Calling of the Knowledge Steward introduces readers to Christian leaders who proactively steward knowledge today, as well as to ancient stewards found in the Bible. "Knowledge stewards excel at something all of us were created to do," says Hirst, "know and be known."
This e-book is by Brian Kluth.
Brian's life was transformed by Jesus Christ as he learned to live and give generously based on the truth of God's Word. This ebook includes: Giving Ideas, Bible Readings, Inspiring Articles, Weekly Worksheets, Discussion Questions... Today, his generosity materials have been distributed in over 150 countries among pastors, leaders, and people in thousands of churches.
Brian has created popular websites on generosity, giving, and finances (GodsLoveForYou.com, GenerosityDevotional.com, GiveWithJoy.org, GodIsYourProvider.com, LegacyOrganizer.com and MAXIMUMgenerosity.org). Brian is a pastor, speaker, and he is frequently interviewed by national media. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado.
This featured resource is this book by Patrick Johnstone.
Some people are angry about today's global refugee crisis. Other people are scared. Pioneering missionary researcher Patrick Johnstone sees the blessings hidden away inside the largest human migration patterns in the history of our planet. "It's a tragedy for people to be violently uprooted from lands that were in their families for generations, or for centuries," says Johnstone, author of Operation World."
Meanwhile, it's an opportunity for Christians in the more developed world to change the world by practicing the virtue of hospitality."
"The world has literally come to our doorstep," says Johnstone. "Will we open the door?"
This book is written by OC's Dave Hagelberg.
The Lord Jesus, ascended and glorious, appeared to the Apostle John, and John wrote down that vision for us. But what are we to do about it? We must respond, but how are we to respond? In the seven messages of chapters two and three the Lord Himself answers that question for seven very different congregations.
Dave shares, "Since I believed in Jesus Christ and received Him as my personal Savior in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia in 1975, the Book of Revelation has been an especially significant New Testament book for me. Later when I studied at seminary that attraction grew stronger with a deeper understanding of the structure and the contents of the Book of Revelation. This interest grew even stronger when I began to teach the Book of Revelation in a Bible school on Java and wrote a commentary on Revelation in the Indonesian language."
Read more from Dave at www.hagb.org.
This publication (not for resale) contains training sessions, leader's information and a menu of sports movement resources.
This ReadySetGO Multiplication Kit is given to you freely to help you make disciples for Christ in all nations in the world of sport and play. These materials have been written by hundreds of people from every continent. For more info, please visit their website: www.ReadySetGO.ec ReadySetGO is a library of sports resources. Everything is free and ready to use! It is as simple as Ready, Set and GO! Ready is the process of gathering and envisioning people to make disciples for Christ in sport and play. Set prepares everyone to be a disciple-maker. GO gives us strategies to make disciples in the world of sport and play.
This book is by OC's Bob Rasmussen, Field Director of Near Frontiers, formerly called One Challenge USA. See www.nearfrontiers.org.
This book takes doctrine from the top shelf and blows the dust off to reveal practical and exciting truths about the identity and privilege of every believer. It opens up the volume of truth on our position "in Christ", and helps us discover that we have been given every spiritual blessing possible, and that the only appropriate response is a life of obedience and praise.
Come along on this unforgettable journey into the worship of the Body of Christ, and experience the blessings and security of our position in Jesus.
This book is by GMI.
Based on GMI's popular Missiographics series, this book presents the best available data on the spread of the gospel through compelling visuals that help Christian servants, mission leaders, mobilizers, teachers, and students see the world through new eyes.
In an age of data and information overload, images are a great way to tell the story of global missions. The topics range from literacy, poverty, women's issues, Christianity in the Middle East, global Scripture usage, the country of Indonesia and online trends in recruiting missionaries. "While you can find out information about all of these issues in many ways, few will be as engaging, accessible and dynamic as Missiographics 1.0. This is a powerful decision-support tool for anyone involved in global ministry," said Jon Hirst, Publisher and CEO of GMI.
This book is by GMI.
Here is a tool to help you be a more effective Kingdom partner.
A World of Change The earth's people are experiencing unprecedented shifts. For the first time ever, more people live in cities than rural areas. Wars, famines and natural disasters cause an unprecedented 150 million migrants. Islam continues its spread, while Christians in many areas suffer persecution. People post cell phone photos of protests, police actions and tragedies for millions to see. Serving God effectively today requires understanding how these key global shifts are rapidly remaking our world. Seeing Your World presents the facts behind these shifts in 10 concise chapters featuring dozens of maps and charts that make today's trends crystal clear. This book provides up-to-date information and insights into the most influential global trends and how they are transforming the way the Great Commission is carried out.
This book is by Kati Woronka, an OC partner in Europe.
From the heart of Syria, this book is a coming-of-age tale which explores the aspirations, passions and tragedies of a group of young Syrian women, who on the surface seem to have nothing in common, but who are brought together in the deepest of bonds as they study and live together at the University of Damascus. A podcast listener says: ""This is an amazingly accurate, insightful, and forbidden-feeling peek into the lives, thoughts and aspirations of female university students in Damascus."
This book is by René Breuel, serving with OC's Sepal Brazil in Italy.
If you're looking for happiness, forget about it. Literally. In an engaging, paradigm-shifting book, René Breuel deconstructs our consumerist models of happiness and proposes a radical, Jesus-based alternative: we don't find happiness when we try to fulfill our desires—we find it when we stop looking for it and start focusing on serving others. By letting go, we find; by giving, we receive.
This book by Patrick Johnstone, author of six editions of the phenomenal prayer guide, Operation World, draws on his fifty years experience to challenge us with his bold vision of the global Christian church. Patrick also played a part in the formation of Global Mapping International (GMI) and the Joshua Project and its listing of people groups.
This book weaves together the strands of history, demographics and religion to present a breath-taking, full-color graphical and textual overview of the past, present and possible future of the Church around the world. The Future of the Global Church highlights the impact of evangelical Christianity over the past two centuries, as well as the astonishing growth of Evangelicalism over the past half century. Johnstone focuses clearly on the unfinished task of world evangelization, with a special emphasis on the world's 12,000 people groups--especially those that have had least exposure to the Gospel.
This free brochure is by OC field staff.
This tri-fold brochure guides readers in prayer for the Turkic peoples...from Turkey to northwest China and beyond. It explains who they are and why we should pray for them. The brochure also includes specific prayer points for the Turkic peoples to guide you in daily prayer for four weeks.
Join millions of Christians in praying 30 Days for Muslims. Another resource: http://pray30days.org/ "We must begin to believe that God - in the mystery of prayer - has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." Andrew Murray, Writer & Teacher
This book is by OC's Russ Mitchell.
Psalm 96 is one of the most amazing missions passages in the entire Bible. It provides us with the mandate, the motives, the message, and the model that we need to understand our part in God's plan to be glorified among the nations. These meditations on Psalm 96 offer an eye-opening perspective about how we can "tell of his glory among the nations" in the 21st century. Russ shares, "We are living in one of the most exciting times in the history of the church and mission movement. We are seeing things that others before us sowed the seeds of with their tears, sorrows and even blood. The number of people born-again globally since 1985 exceeds that of previous centuries. Today is truly a time of great harvest, and we know this harvest is only just beginning. We will see it increase in the coming years and decades, though this will be accompanied by great darkness and difficulty as well..."
This free brochure is by Back 2 Europe.
This brochure is called B2E: a movement of unity, vision and action.
The "Back to Europe" movement is an international ministry network to mobilize the Church around the world to reach Europe with the gospel. VISION - To motivate and assist the European and the Global Church to work together to see the Kingdom of God manifested in the Europe of today and of the future. MISSION - To connect with different mission forces with the needs of Europe, in order to show God's love through sharing the Good News, and engaging in discipleship, the growing and strengthening of God's people, the planting of new churches and reaching the unreached.
This book is in its 7th Edition, completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk with a team of mission workers and researchers, and it covers the entire populated world.
As we focus prayer on the world, Kathy Copley (OC's Director of Communications) recommends using Operation World as a prayer guide. Operation World is the definitive global prayer and mission handbook that will help focus your heart and life towards God's passion for this world. Operation World has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations.Included in this updated and revised 7th edition:
- All the countries of the world featured
- Maps of each country
- Geographic information
- People groups within each country
- Economic information
- Political information
- Religious make-up of each country
- Daily Prayer Calendar
- Answers to prayer
- Challenges for prayer
This book is by Wesley Duewel.
OC's Russ Mitchell says: "As I have been in regular contact with Christian workers from around the world during the past few months, I have noticed how frequently the subject of prayer comes up, usually in the context that it is so essential to the work of God's kingdom and that realizing this we need to be much more devoted to prayer. This observation reminded me of this book. When I first read the book about 20 years ago, I was struck by the boundless reach of prayer."
Multiplying Disciples and Churches that Transform the World...
This book is by Robert E. Logan and OC's Dave DeVries.
Dave says: "...discipleship, Christian living, leading groups, church planting... There are very few books that are about all of these things—and how the pieces fit together. But that's what this book is all about. Everything is crammed into that subtitle: making disciples, starting churches, multiplying at every level, and making a difference in the world around us. Together, all of this adds up to a renewed vision for what the church could look like, from the grassroots up."
Unlocking the Resources of the Church to Help Fulfill the Great Commission...
This book is by Keith Brown (OC missionary to Asia since 1958) with John W. Hoover.
It is invaluable in understanding and conducting a Faith Promise weekend. It gives an excellent explanation of "faith promise" and ways to present it to your congregation. How Does It Work? Because a Christian's overall purpose is to glorify God, I as a Christian should want to give to advance his kingdom throughout the world. A faith promise for missions is an expression of my obedience to Christ's command to "make disciples of all people." Committing to a faith promise gives me a new perspective on my assets and priorities. I begin to see that everything I have belongs to God. I look for ways he provides, so I can give more for his cause. When I commit to give in faith, I do not rely on my limited resources, but on God's UNLIMITED resources.
Faith Promise Explained...
This free brochure is by Keith Brown (OC missionary to Asia since 1958). It gives an overview of "faith promise" giving. What Does It Mean? A faith promise requires a commitment. I commit myself to an amount of money and by faith, based on God's promises, expect him to enable me to do it. It gives me new eyes to see my stewardship in a totally different way. Instead of sitting back and waiting, I begin to actively look for ways God will provide for me to fulfill my faith promise.
In a day when successful churches are too often defined by large attendance and excellent facilities, leaders need to regain a healthy perspective on the unique contribution of each and every church. By studying the dynamics of the church at Antioch, today's leadership teams will be encouraged to learn that by surrendering to God-given opportunities their church can accomplish truly amazing outcomes.