Our First Annual Mission Conference - A Great Success!

From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Dr. Clifford E. Jones (Opelika, Alabama)

This weekend has been a historical one here at Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church, as we hosted the First Annual Mission Conference. It has been an exciting time from Friday evening to the present. Someone might be thinking why is it so important to host such a Conference. It is important because we need to understand God’s view on mission. God is interested in all of mankind to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The only way that will be done is for people to hear and understand the Gospel. Listen to Jesus’ words as expressed in The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” The charge that Jesus gave His disciples is “TO GO!”

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Backyard BBQ Evangelism

BBQWe have to start letting go of some of our long-held ideas about church and ministry. Especially when it comes to evangelism and outreach. But it’s not always easy.

Here’s a true story that illustrates that reality. (I’ve kept some details vague, and adjusted others slightly to protect the identity of the pastor and church in question.)

Recently, I was talking with a small church pastor who was upset at his deacons.

"I have five deacons," he told me. "And they help out everywhere but at the church. One of them builds houses for Habitat for Humanity, the others volunteer at the senior center, the homeless shelter, the food bank, and as an assistant coach for the high school football team. That last one makes me especially angry."

"Why is that?” I asked.

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BAM! Now that's the way to OPEN doors for missions!!

door with peopleDear Friend,

I may not have shared with you before, but I am involved with the OPEN Network, a network of business as mission (BAM) workers who are seeking to upgrade the way missions and BAM is being done. To that end we are hosting an OPEN Expo in York PA, November 19-21.  Below is some information about the Expo.

Could I ask 2 things of you?

1)  Please go to the link, and prayerfully consider participating.  This is not just another seminar or missions conference.  This will be a time of planning new ways of doing mission, and getting personally involved as you are able, with others like me.  All of the speakers are workers like myself and most are my friends and co-workers.

2) Pass the ad below on to others you know (business people, engineers, IT workers, teachers, all professions are needed) who are interested in getting off the bench and getting involved in reaching the unreached from their home in America.  Yes, you can put it on the church bulletin board too.

Seeking to turn the world upside down!

These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6 KVJ

Do you desire to use your business skills in reaching the unreached?

Would you like to be actively involved in helping transform a remote area of the world?

Do you believe there should be new ways of doing mission?”

Are you frustrated with missionaries who pretend to do business? Or are failing at it?

Are you willing to share your work expertise via email coaching?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you need to participate in the

OPEN Expo November 19-21, 2009.

The Expo is sponsored by the OPEN Network.

OPEN is a network of 200+ tentmakers and BAMers working in various businesses throughout the 10/40 Window to reach the unreached.  OPEN has 6 objectives in hosting this Expo:

1.  Link business people with overseas workers & teams who desire coaching.

2.  Model how business leads to transforming Muslim and Hindu communities.

3.  Establish a VC fund for start-ups among the unreached.

4.  Explore new models of doing mission.

5.  Promote internship opportunities.

6.  Training for coaching those doing BAM (business as mission) cross-culturally.

The presenters are overseas workers who have established businesses among Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus that are employing locals, turning a profit, and winning people to Jesus.  For more information go to www.OPENExpoUSA.com or contact Laura at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The password for registering maybe gotten from Laura.

It's not about the MONEY$$$$

Wallet with dollars

Perhaps you saw the last two blog entries and wondered, what’s all this business about BAM? (pun kind of intended)

Perhaps we can find an answer in another key question: how are we to reach those living in countries which restrict missionary access?

One approach is business as missions (BAM), or as it has been traditionally called tentmaking.

Tentmaking may often be understood to refer to

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How's Your Church's Mission SWAGGER?!

Man in Suit

Have you ever shown up at an event and found everybody EXCEPT YOU was really dressed up? Or perhaps someone showed up at the door of your home unexpectedly and you were not properly dressed to answer. That is a really awful and awkward feeling!

If Jesus were to knock on our door today and invite us to the Annual Missions Banquet, would we be dressed and ready to go?! Would our churches show up at the event grossly underdressed or well suited for the occasion?

What do you think of Dr. Johnson’s take on this question?

I see African American mission efforts in a light similar to

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