Category - Missions Resources

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Blogs, Podcasts + Other Online Resources for Missionaries
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Five Tips For Starting a Business as Mission
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How to Choose a Short-Term Mission Trip
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Don’t Underestimate Your Potential to Mobilize Missionaries
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Yule Cats and 8 Other Global Christmas Traditions
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Good Member Care is Crucial to Missionary Success
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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer
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7 Creative Ways for Missionaries to Connect with Supporters
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Should I Go Maverick or Go With a Missions Agency?
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How to Design a Beautiful Missionary Newsletter in 5 Steps

Blogs, Podcasts + Other Online Resources for Missionaries

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TEAM missionary Christine Elizabeth put together her top list of blogs, podcasts and online resources for missionaries. Did yours make the list?

Living away from my home country brings its set of challenges — one of which is wanting to find connections with people who also are living outside their home culture.  I’ve always been intrigued by the power of connection through social media, but over the last two years of living in Manila, I’ve learned even more about the power posting can have on building relationships.  Here is a list of online resources that have helped me connect with other missionaries and their stories from around the world. Blogs for Missionaries 1. A Life Overseas  This blog has been a lifeline to…

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Five Tips For Starting a Business as Mission

In 2016, Christine and her husband started a missional coffee shop in Manila, Philippines. Here are her best tips for other people interested in business as mission. Photos courtesy of Narrative Coffee Company

We came to the Philippines wide-eyed and idealistic. Let’s start a coffee shop: make money for missions and make good coffee. How hard can it be?  Nineteen months later, what started as a vision for a large coffee shop with meeting rooms has turned into a small pour-over bar in a 10 square meter entryway within a co-working space. What started as a desire to make money for missions turned into a vision to mobilize and equip other entrepreneurs to use their business to serve God and people — here and abroad. What began as a small dream that “might…

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How to Choose a Short-Term Mission Trip

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With thousands of mission trip opportunities available to you, how do you find the best fit? Here's some practical advice to help you choose a mission trip with confidence. Photo by TEAM

A new interest in missions is often accompanied with an urgent desire to just go. But choosing a mission trip isn’t always easy. Where will you go? To do what ministry? And when? As you process through the thousands of opportunities available to you, here’s some practical advice on how to choose a mission trip. Pray About Three Topics It sounds like a Christian platitude, but really, the first thing you should do is pray. Prayer can help you discern your direction, but more importantly, prayer centers you on God’s direction. Here are three prayer topics to pursue as you…

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Don’t Underestimate Your Potential to Mobilize Missionaries

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Do you think of yourself as a missions mobilizer? If you've served overseas before, God can use your experience to mobilize even more workers to the field. Photo by TEAM

For the gospel to spread, people must be mobilized to go spread it. And if you’ve ever served as a missionary (even short-term), you are uniquely equipped to show others where and how they can serve, too.  When I began getting my classmates involved in missions, I had no idea it would one day be my full-time ministry to mobilize the church to missions. I started small. And today, I want to show you how you can do the same. How I Became an Accidental Missions Mobilizer   In college, a TEAM missions coach recognized my desire to serve God in missions,…

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Yule Cats and 8 Other Global Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions From Around the World
Learn 9 ways cultures around the world are celebrating Christmas this season.

From colorful piñatas to 12-course meals, Christians around the world celebrate Christmas in ways as unique as their cultures. Read to discover 9 global Christmas traditions you might not have known about. Midnight Mass in Brazil Tropical temperatures in Brazil mean churchgoers don’t have to bundle up to attend Missa do Galo (“Rooster’s Mass”) at midnight. After services, fireworks illuminate the skylines of large cities, and families hurry home to enjoy a large meal together and exchange gifts. The Yule Cat in Iceland Children and adults alike in Iceland hope to unwrap a new set of clothes for Christmas. Traditional folklore…

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Good Member Care is Crucial to Missionary Success

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Member care is the buoy that keeps missionaries afloat, and it requires a joint effort among the sending church, agency and missionary. Photo by TEAM

Member care is the emotional, mental and spiritual support a missionary receives from their church and sending organization throughout the entire missionary journey. When done well, member care contributes to overall missionary success. But a lack of good member care can have detrimental effects on missionaries and their ministries. When pursuing mission work — whether through sending or serving — it is important to prioritize member care before, during and after time spent on the field. TEAM missions coach Stephanie Maher gained a passion for good member care while growing up in a military family and spending three years as…

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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer

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Cross cultural relationships aren’t neat and tidy. They require flexibility, humility and compromise. I felt this personally in my friendship with Burundian refugees this year. Here’s what I wish I would have known from the beginning. Photo by TEAM

As a missions coach at TEAM, I love getting to walk alongside others who feel called to international ministry. But I was challenged early on by an applicant who asked, “What are you doing in cross-cultural ministry?” A little jarred, I honestly responded, “Great question. I can tell you that right now, I’m not involved.” That moment launched the past year of befriending and loving refugees in Knoxville, Tennessee. After that conversation, I did some research and found a local nonprofit agency committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ journeys. They set me up as an English tutor for…

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7 Creative Ways for Missionaries to Connect with Supporters

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Maintaining relationships across many miles is no easy feat. But with a little creativity, missionaries can continue to connect with the supporters who sent them. Photo by TEAM

No missionary is sent out on their own; behind each one is a selfless group of churches and individuals who have mentored, prayed and given so the missionary could cross cultural barriers to share the gospel. Because of the busy nature of ministry life, it can be hard for missionaries to connect with supporters while they serve on the field. Fortunately, with some creativity and a bit of technology, there are many ways you can stay connected with your supporters, even when you are thousands of miles away. Here are some favorites. 1.  Display the Names and Faces of Your…

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Should I Go Maverick or Go With a Missions Agency?

If God has called you to be a missionary, you are probably deciding if you will serve alone or go with a missions agency. Consider these four points before you make your decision. Photo by TEAM

There is nothing more exciting than stepping on a plane and going to a country you’ve never visited to have adventures you’ve never had. If God has put a desire in your heart to pursue cross-cultural missions, to make Him known and worshipped in regions where He is unknown, why not not begin your ministry now? Many people would rather go alone and be their own leader than serve with a missions agency. But through my own experience, I have discovered that a missions agency is crucial to success as a missionary. Here’s why: 1.  Missions agencies have the expertise….

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How to Design a Beautiful Missionary Newsletter in 5 Steps

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You don't have to be a graphic designer to design a beautiful missionary newsletter. Apply these 5 tips to create an appealing newsletter your supporters will love to read.

In a previous post, we shared our 10 step process to writing a memorable missionary newsletter. Now, your polished copy deserves a design that’s just as clean and appealing. Thankfully, with email services like Mailchimp or Constant Contact, sending a beautiful missionary newsletter is easier than ever. With those resources in hand, here are my favorite tips for creating a delightful email newsletter. How can they read it, if they can’t read it? As a graphic designer, the biggest problem I’ve noticed with poorly designed email newsletters is that they’re just too much work to read. You might have the…

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