Finding the right tools and resources can help your congregations move forward in the right direction as you engage with your neighbors both near and far and participate in God’s continuing work in this diverse world. World Mission Initiative exists to provide those tools and help you as mission leaders lead your congregations into a more faithful and effective intercultural mission. Besides the list of resources and tools provided below, WMI also can help and be available for consultation, teaching, training, and preaching at your church when needed.
Freeing Congregational Mission addresses a deepening crisis in mission as practiced by North American congregations. Many mission activities are more effective at satisfying church members than making a lasting difference, producing what’s too often consumer-oriented “selfie mission.” These practices are not just ineffective—they deviate from mission in the way of Jesus. The book proposes a theology of companionship focused on relationships that up-end societal expectations; the kind of cultural humility evidenced by Jesus; and the insights of co-development.
The book is designed to provide a theoretical framework, practical strategies and tools to congregational mission leaders; that is, the lay and ordained leaders of U.S. evangelical, Catholic and mainline Protestant congregations who seek to lead their congregations into mission.
The book includes 7 practical tools:
This work is too important and difficult to do alone. After reading the book, as you consider ways to help shift the direction of your congregation’s engagement in mission, consider forming a Mission Leaders’ Circle in your congregation—or among leaders from several congregations in your area:
Check out resources that you can read yourself and recommend to your fellow leaders.