A Diaspora Mission Strategy for Local Churches

Unprecedented migration is a global reality of the twenty-first century. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) dubbed 2015 “The Year of the Migrant.” In the last decade, research on and response to migration has become a priority for nations and communities. More recently, mission organizations, denominations, and congregations have rallied to locally address migrants. Almost […]

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Thriving not Surviving – Leadership Principles to help enable sustainable effective International Church Ministry

Thriving not Surviving – Leadership Principles to help enable sustainable effective International Church Ministry: reflections from the Netherlands With the church often seen as being in decline in European countries, ICs have a vital missional role in expressing the kingdom of God among internationals, as well as those native to any particular country. Many within IC […]

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The story of Philip retold

A few years ago I visited King of Kings Community in Jerusalem (www.kkcj.org) during a trip to meet with international churches in Israel and Lebanon. At that church I met with Missions Pastor named Phil from New Zealand. This guy had some amazing stories to tell how God had used him in some real divine […]

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R & R Resources for IC leaders

Rest/Counsel/Care Resources for International Church Leaders This is a sampling of retreat/counselling/vacation/guesthouse venues/services available for retreat/restoration/vacation for cross-cultural workers and people in ministry. I hope you find it helpful.  Compiled by Melanie Driedger Counselling/Coaching  Eric & Rachel Dufour have lived and ministered cross-culturally.  “We have been counseling pastors and missionaries since 2008. Our goal is […]

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Theological discernment for IC ministry

Summary: These unique characteristics (mobility, diversity, leadership vacuum) can be approached as problems for pastoral staff and leadership. For example, research on high turnover of congregants in ICs showed that the transient nature of the congregation resulted in relational, emotional, and ministry fatigue for pastors.  However, these challenging characteristics can be perceived through a different lens—a paradigm […]

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Becoming a missional IC

Summary: This oasis/nurture mindset—with its primary inward focus on member care and shepherding—is inadequate for making disciples of this highly mobile, diverse, accomplished group. By making room for apostolic leadership and switching to a missional paradigm, the IC can change from an oasis mentality to that of a strategic launching pad into God’s purposes for […]

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Thinking in Systems

In her book, Thinking in Systems, pioneer in systems thinking Donella Meadows aimed to give readers “a basic ability to understand and to deal with complex systems” (Meadows & Wright, 2008, p. x). Due to the author’s untimely death in 2001, the work was edited and published at a later time. It was the hope […]

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The Thin Book of SOAR

If The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry teaches you how to leverage positive experience to create vision and energy for a better future, The Thin Book of SOAR shows you how to build a framework around Appreciative Inquiry (AI) so that it can be used for strategic planning purposes within organizations of any size. This […]

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The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry

In her book, The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry,[1] author Sue Hammond provides an excellent overview of the change philosophy developed by David Cooperrider and associates at Case Western Reserve University. Through this Thin Book publication, Hammond hopes to entice the reader to delve in deeper into the world of AI. Not only a student […]

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