Opportunities to network with other ministries.
The Association of International Mission Services (AIMS) has launched a new web page which offers current information about ministry to unreached people groups all over the world. Interested individuals can access this site at www.aims.org. Source: Bob Williams <email@example.com>
BRIGADA CONNECTIONS TO UPG'S
Caleb Project, in close partnership with Interdev and other major international missions initiatives, has been working to assemble MINISTRY KEY CONTACT TEAMS ...to assist Christians to link up with pioneer ministry among specific unreached peoples. This ongoing process has resulted in the formation of more than 40 teams of ministry leaders, people group advocates, partnership facilitators, and missions researchers who are committed to help the Body of Christ worldwide develop strategic ministry relationships for these strategic people groups. These are qualified, experienced, informed people with a good understanding of all aspects of ministry in their areas of focus, including the security issues. Please look through the attached list and consider contacting one or more of these key contact teams... For the most current list of Brigada Connections groups, send the following message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>: conferences brigada-connections
The Brigada Connections project is a WORK IN PROGRESS! If you are part of a ministry key contact team for an unreached group, city, or area, or if you could provide other support for this project, please let us know <email@example.com> and we'll contact you with more information about what is involved in this project...
The following articles were submitted by BOMM member Josiah T. Morgan <firstname.lastname@example.org>. He offers some interesting ideas about computer networking in missions. My first question would be to make clear the difference between the proposed James Project and the already-existing Brigada conferences. Anyway, he has asked that you pass any feedback on to him!--THE EDITOR
Purpose: To create an interface using the Internet between the full time missions/ministry camp (missionaries, clergy, organizations, missions leaders, etc.) and the support camp (people who spend less than 50% of their time in missions/ministry).
HOW IT WILL WORK
The James Project is a plan in which CCC will set up and maintain Internet servers that fulfill the James Project purpose statement. These Internet servers will serve web pages, mailing lists, and archived e-mail messages. Web Pages The web pages would contain a variety of information. Mission organizations and Churches would be able (encouraged) to put up at least a small page telling a little about themselves. Aside from that, these pages could have information about people groups, the services and areas an organization works in, the people they serve, etc., etc.
MAILING LISTS: The mailing lists could have a great number of topics, and would operate in the standard manner.
ARCHIVED E-MAIL: This is an important part of the James Project. The way this would work is that missionaries on the field would send e-mail to the server, the server would place that e-mail in some sort of a filing system, and make it available to millions of Christians through web pages. The user could also have selected e-mail messages sent to themselves (sort of like downloading).
For the James Project to truly be effective, thousands or tens of thousands of organizations and churches would have to participate. That's not impossible. The other important thing is the Support Camp around the world must be told of this so that they can subscribe to it. (The subscription in the US would be $2 a year, the reason for a fee is that it helps avoid lawsuits.)
...Here is a summary of what I have learned from [feedback so far]...
* There is definately a need for a CCC similar setup. The exact and not so exact features/details need to be worked out. I think that long before anything like CCC is actually implemented, it will, like nearly everything else, go through quite a few overhauls. I think that it will be a while before something global can be set up.
* Security/safety of missionaries and information is one of the largest single problems facing this type of program.
* There needs to be lots of smaller scale local networks built up first. The ideal would be to set up a server for each medium size city in the USA and then do the same overseas. From that point something on the state, national, and then finally global level could be built. The level of detail of information would decrease as the user got closer to the global level.
* The Church of Jesus Christ is a far more fractured and bloody tangled mess than I had ever imagined. I/we need to be on our knees praying that God will bring about a revival in the Body. Remember, we have an awesome God who can change hearts and minds.
* At this point, I am seriously considering implementing a prototype for the city level setup in Knoxville, TN (which happens to the largest city near me). This allows me to test my security ideas, figure out how to store and sort info, what services are truly useful, how to work with the missions, ministries, and laymen, and hundreds of other little details. I would greatly appreciate your prayers and continued suggestions... Grace be with you, Josiah T. Morgan <email@example.com>
PARTNERSHIP Resources From Interdev
"The Power of Partnership." A 35-page booklet endorsed by AD 2000, World Evangelical Fellowship, and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization which outlines the principles and practice of partnership.
"Kingdom Partnerships for Synergy in Missions," edited by William Taylor (Published by William Carey Library). Twenty-two international missions leaders address how the partnership trend is impacting the world and how to apply it.
"Why Partnership." A short pamphlet articulating the reasons for why agencies and ministries can be more effective for the Kingdom by working together.
Identification of internationally respected speakers on the principles, practice and power of partnership. Especially for churches, missions conferences, or regional leaders meetings. For information on any of the above items, contact <Interdevfirstname.lastname@example.org> Source: AD2000@xc.org
FINDING REGIONAL CONTACTS
I'd suggest networking with other mobilizers through these venues:
-BRIGADA_MISSIONMOBILIZERS SUBSCRIBERS...[see directory]
-U.S. CENTER FOR WORLD MISSION REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND PERSPECTIVES COURSE COORDINATORS...[published in Mission Frontiers magasine]
-The ACMC 706-260-1660
-There are a number of Christian Colleges which have (or at least had in the past) Mission Fellowships. [Ask InterVarsity Missions for a current list 608-274-9001]--Submitted by Nate Wilson <NWilson@CProject.com>
From: Chris: There's a new Antioch Network online <BRIGADA-ORGS-ANTIOCH@XC.ORG> that is composed of mission pastors and mobilizers. They have a pretty rigorous entry procedure with questionnaire and all, but you might try to get in. I'll keep you posted if anything good for the mobilizers network comes up.