Sent from a House Church

March 4, 2019

House church movements like the one Francis Chan founded in 2013 called We Are Church are becoming recognized as normal and needed for reaching local culture with the Gospel. So how will missionaries from house churches get equipped when called out to go to the mission field from within a house church network? In this episode of Facilitating the Mission, we discuss serving missionaries sent from house churches.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

» We Are Church

» Letters to the Church by Francis Chan

» Total Church by Tim Chester

» Business for Transformation Expo 

» Business as Missions

Calls That Encourage Part Two

February 18, 2019

In this podcast, the discussion continues around making encouraging missionary care calls to missionaries in the field. Jeff Jackson working through a list of questions that are helpful to encourage missionaries and help them lift their eyes off of their circumstances and onto the Lord. Here are some of the related resources mentioned in this podcast:

» Jeff's list of questions
» Bryon's blog post about the value of encouragement

Calls That Encourage Part One

February 5, 2019

In part one of this podcast series, Jeff Jackson discusses the value of encouragement to a missionary in the field. He shares a list of questions that a person caring for or pastoring a missionary would work while on a missionary encouragement call. The outline Jeff works through in this and future installments of this series will help the missionary lift his eyes to the Lord as well as care for his soul.

Here are some resources mentioned in this podcast:

» Newsletter to Key Church Personnel 

» Barnabas International

How to Know God’s Call Part Two

January 22, 2019

In this podcast, Jeff Jackson unpacks the Seven Indicators that God May Be Calling You to Global Missions. In part one of this two part series, Jeff, tells us the Three Principles at work in the congregational setting. In part two, what is happening in the heart of the missionary candidate is the focus.

Here are some other resources mentioned in this episode:

» Ed Stetzer at Calvary Chapel Missions Conference

» Simon Sinek "Start with Why"

» From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya

» Newsboys "The Mission"



How to Know God’s Call Part One

January 8, 2019

The beginning of the year is when people start make resolutions, make goals, and/or take a personal inventory. It is during this time of openness to new direction that many discover or consider for the first time that they might be called to go into missions long term. In this podcast we explore what the three basic biblical components of a call to missions look like. 

Click here to read the blog post Jeff refers to in this podcast. 

Most Downloaded in 2018: Maintenance Debrief

December 26, 2018

The most downloaded edition of Facilitating the Mission in 2018 was The Maintenance Debrief.

This edition carries the conversation about the On Field Care Visit discussed in our previous podcast into greater detail and purpose. In this episode, Pastor Jeff Jackson unpacks the purpose of the Maintenance Debrief. We learn that it has a two-fold purpose: confirmation and calibration.

Part Two of the Maintenance Debrief can be heard here.

Download the Maintenance Debrief PDF.

Small Church Global Impact Part Two

November 27, 2018

If you want people to think locally, get them to think globally first. That will give them meaning and purpose to have a big picture view for getting the job done.

Missions is part of the bigger picture that needs to be communicated to the church by its leadership. Missions isn't simply one of the programs a church has. It's THE program. Everything else is accomplished as a by-product of being a church that reaches the lost to the uttermost parts of the world. Everything else you do in ministry happens on the way to reaching God's end goal. It's reaching home, your region and the world simultaneously.

Here are some of the references made in this edition of Facilitating the Mission:

» Small Church Global Impact Part One

» Acts 1:8

» Joshua Project

» Widow of Zarephath reference: Old Testament (1 Kings 17:7-16) / New Testament (Luke 4:24-30)

» Robertson McQuilken | The Five Smooth Stones

Small Church Global Impact

November 13, 2018

Many times churches get into a habit of thinking they can't have an impact globally until they grow bigger. In this podcast, Jeff Jackson debunks that thinking and gives theological perspective and practical advice about small churches having a global impact. It's not just a church program, it's God's End Game Plan.

Here are links to some of the topics discussed in this edition of Facilitating the Mission:

» Interview with Allen Snapp

» Info about Danny Lehmann

» Info about John Michaels

» Robertson McQuilken taught the five, ten, fifty, one-hundred goals in Chapter 16, Financial Support in his book The Five Smooth Stones

Church Key Person Interview with Pastor Allen Snapp

October 30, 2018

Pastor Allen Snapp pastors Grace Community Church in Painted Post, New York. His church was part of a network of churches that, as a group, contributed to missions, but on a local level, Pastor Snapp felt that his congregation was very disconnected from the missionary projects they were giving to. Shepherd's Staff facilitated doing missions on a local level with the Smallcombs, a family from within their own local congregation now serving on the mission field in Thailand. 

Grace Community Church made full use of resources available from Shepherd's Staff Mission Facilitators to churches for sending and caring for missionaries well.

Business as Missions is a topic mentioned by Jeff at the beginning of this podcast. Click the link to learn more.