Category - Missions Resources

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It’s Time to Redefine a “Normal” Christian
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5 Things No One Tells You About Church Planting
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40 Days of Stillness + Free Lent Prayer Guide
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7 Fundraising Tips for Your Short-Term Mission Trip
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10 Missions Books We Recommend
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Two Traits You Need on a Short-Term Mission Trip
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7 Ways to Pray for the Refugee Crisis This Week
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Six Steps for Thriving After Your Short Term Mission Trip
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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?
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How Broken is Too Broken?

It’s Time to Redefine a “Normal” Christian

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In a world that offers us new reasons to be afraid or dismayed every day, what if we change the definition of a normal Christian? Photo by TEAM

Recently, I sat only a few feet away from an awe-inspiring person — a woman who has spent 60 years serving people in a place others choose to avoid. As a young woman, she left her home for a place so opposed to Christians, I cannot write her name. For nearly her whole life, she has provided medical care for chronically-ill Muslims in hopes that each would find true healing in Christ. As she spoke of her Muslim friends, the fire of love burned through her eyes and her words. It was impossible to leave her presence without thinking, “How does a person…

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5 Things No One Tells You About Church Planting

Church planting is more than establishing a building with filled seats. Read what three church planters have to say about what it really means to make disciples. Photo by TEAM.

In the days leading up to the 50th Super Bowl, football experts across the U.S. made their predictions known to the media. But Zach Harrod was probably the only one making public predictions in Prague — and hoping it would help him plant a church. Step into the ministry of church planting, and God is bound to surprise you with the directions He takes you. Around the world, missionaries have found themselves befriending acrobatic rock dancers, painting Bible stories in the park, working as baristas, using fish to grow tomatoes and, yes, making TV appearances as one of the few…

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40 Days of Stillness + Free Lent Prayer Guide

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What will God do in our lives this Lent as we become still and pray daily? Photo by TEAM

Have you considered this bold invitation from God: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations” (Ps. 46:10, NIV)? In the frenetic craziness of our world, what might happen if you, me and millions of people accepted God’s challenge and found time to “be still’” with him, even for a few minutes? What if we all did it on the same days, for 40 consecutive days, in anticipation of the greatest day in human history, Easter Sunday? What might God say to us? What might he be planning to do “among the nations”?…

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7 Fundraising Tips for Your Short-Term Mission Trip

Fundraising for your short-term missions trip can be difficult. Here are seven tips to make fundraising for mission trips a blessing instead of a burden.

So, you’re ready to go on a short-term mission trip. Awesome! You’ve done your research, completed your application and gotten your immunizations. Now comes the best part: fundraising. For many, raising support is the toughest part of going on a mission trip. There are so many myths and falsehoods surrounding support raising, (Fundraising is asking for handouts. It will alienate my friends. It’s another step I have to do before I can start my real ministry.…) that it’s easy to lose sight of the blessing fundraising brings to all who are involved. You’re not just asking people to write a check,…

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10 Missions Books We Recommend

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We have 10 of our favorite missions books to add to your reading list.

Dropping temperatures mean more nights spent inside, curled up with a warm mug and a good read, so we decided to share 10 of our top picks for books on missions. You’ll find some classics, a few academic selections and maybe your next favorite book. Check out our list and then let us know in the comments what must-read missions books we’re missing. Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions | John Piper Piper pens this missions staple with the much-quoted thesis: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate.”…

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Two Traits You Need on a Short-Term Mission Trip

Two qualities every person should take along on their short-term mission trip.

Whether it’s your first short-term mission trip or your 10th, making a packing list is probably on your mind.  In fact, your team leader may even hand you a list with specific details about the weather, appropriate dress, evangelistic materials to disperse or even the much-appreciated advice to throw in some granola bars, just in case.  None of what you pack in your duffle, however, is going to make or break your trip. You are not a tourist but an advocate for God and His love. The most important part of your preparation will be all about the heart. This leads us…

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7 Ways to Pray for the Refugee Crisis This Week

Christians in Austria gather to pray. Photo by TEAM

As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorstep. This month we are sharing these testimonies and hope you will follow along on TEAM’s social media and blog.  Today, we begin seven days of dedicated prayer for global refugees and the missionaries among them. We invite you to join us and have created a daily prayer guide available for download below.  DAY 1:  Germany is expected to receive more migrants than any other country in the European Union (Source). In Dresden, a TEAM missionary partners with a local…

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Six Steps for Thriving After Your Short Term Mission Trip

There are beneficial things you can do to help yourself thrive after a short-term missions experience. Photo by TEAM

All short-term trips are supposed to end. But having a return ticket in your backpack doesn’t make the journey home a breeze. Below are six simple steps you can take to weather one of the toughest parts of going overseas: coming home. 1. RESUME YOUR OLD ROUTINE Your body doesn’t know if it’s 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., your pantry is empty and your clothes are tangled at the bottom of a suitcase. After a season of adventure, it might sound like the last thing you want to do, but getting back into a normal rhythm of life is crucial. Sleep…

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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?

One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.
One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.

Producing a regular ministry newsletter is a struggle and triumph few can fully appreciate if they haven’t endured it themselves. You rack your brain for ideas in a slow month, or make painful cuts in a full one. You spend hours finding the perfect words and pictures. Maybe you even try to emulate the design elements from another missionary’s newsletter. Finally, you stand back with pride and hit “send” — only to have your supporters open your newsletter on a smartphone, turning your hard-earned glory into a mess of tiny fonts on an oversized layout. The good news about living…

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How Broken is Too Broken?

Photo by Giorgio Raffaelli, Copyright Creative Commons License 2.0.

Prospective missionaries often get the impression that mission agencies are looking for perfect people. They can certainly be forgiven for this feeling. After all, we require forms to be completed, essays to be written, references to vouch for you and tests to be passed—all before we even let new members into the organization. There are good reasons for all of these steps in the assessment process, and they ultimately lead to healthier mission agencies, healthier individuals serving overseas and healthier ministry itself. Even so, I am yet to find a mission agency that isn’t deeply aware of the brokenness of its own…

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