Need the nuts and bolts of how Pioneers works? Get to know us better and discover ways to partner by downloading and reading Serving Together—the Local Church and Pioneers: A Handbook for Partnership.
• Basic principles and practices
• The team approach
• The mobilization process
• Pre-field considerations
• Member care
• Financial considerations
+ DOWNLOAD SERVING TOGETHER (55-page PDF). Also available, on request, as a paperback booklet.
See also a series of videos about Pioneers’ core values and the book When God Comes Calling: A Journey of Faith, Wall Street to the World, by Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher. Ted’s autobiography describes how Pioneers got started and developed and paints a helpful picture of Pioneers’ mission and values.
Some say Islam is the world’s greatest threat or challenge, but Christians rarely reach out to Muslims with the gospel. Some believe Muslims are too difficult to reach, while others simply don’t know how to share with their Muslim neighbors.
Want to see your church learn to reach out to the Muslims who live around you? What about equipping those among you whom God might be leading into ministry to Muslims around the world?
We recommend the book Encountering the World of Islam: Embracing Muslims with the Love of Christ.
Encountering the World of Islam is also a semester-long course which you can bring to your church or take online.
Among the things we like about Encountering the World of Islam:
• It reflects the insights of 80 authors with practical experience in diverse Muslim cultures.
• It provides a positive and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims.
• It equips readers to reach out to Muslims in the love of Christ.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get a regular dose of mission news, ideas, and resources, you might check out the email publication, Missions Catalyst. This free, weekly newsletter is designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry. It includes:
• A digest of international mission news from a variety of sources
• Practical ideas and helpful resources to use in your church/ministry
• A calendar of mission events across the U.S. and around the world
Missions Catalyst was founded in 1996. Since 2007 it has been a ministry of Pioneers.
As exciting as it is to see people in our churches volunteer for missionary service, many may tend to skip over key issues as they press forward to pursue their calling. They may lack the gifts, self-knowledge, training, or church support to make it as a cross-cultural missionary.
David L. Frazier’s 2013 book, Mission Smart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas, encourages both goers and senders to slow down and confront unhealthy idealism. It takes a look at the gaps and asks 15 critical questions about missionary appointment, preparation, placement, and care. The book’s goal is to reduce attrition and send out well-prepared workers who understand their callings and are prepared to thrive cross-culturally.
Mission Smart also includes thoughtful discussion questions and assignments for missionary candidates to work through with a mentor.
Want to know the 15 critical questions? Here’s the list, slightly adapted from how it appears in the book.
To help you on your journey toward greater global impact, we have developed the Your FOCUS on the World Manual + Implementation Guide. This 200-page handbook outlines a practical approach to leading your church into a global FOCUS incorporating best-practice recommendations of church-partnership practitioners highlighted with real-life stories of all types of congregations which have done it successfully. The manual includes practical samples and simple worksheets.
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Steve Beirn moves the conversation on global missionary sending from the mission agency to the front door of the local church. With a special chapter by George Murray, Well Sent equips local churches in launching missionary sending through scalable guidance, accessible illustrations, and practical action points. More than a how-to manual, Well Sent critically evaluates topics such as sending perception and evaluation of the missionary call. This book will prepare potential missionary candidates for service and support the missional efforts of any church.
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