Does Missionary Fundraising Have to be Hard? with Karl Meisterheim – EM213

Does Missionary Fundraising Have to be Hard? with Karl Meisterheim – EM213

Listen to the Episode Below (00:40:33)

Have you thought about how difficult it must be for missionaries to raise funds? Thankfully, Karl Meisterheim created SupportGoal to help take out the guesswork so missionaries can focus on relationships and calling.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/213

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Today, Karl Meisterheim joins us to put the “fun” back in fundraising. He created a program called “Support Goal,” which helps missionaries keep up with fundraising. This program is great at keeping information organized and encouraging missionaries to stay connected.

During the podcast, Karl talks about why he started the program. He also explains how SupportGoal works and who it works best for. His greatest goal is to see missionaries get the support they need to keep doing what God has called them to do. With this program, less time has to be spent organizing. This gives missionaries more time to minister and connect with supporters.

What We Talked About

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [02:38] – Introduction
  • [03:05] – What do you do in ministry?
  • [04:12] – The positive impact of organized fundraising
  • [05:21] – Ways to fully approach fundraising
  • [06:54] – Experiencing a deeper realization
  • [07:35] – What led you to create SupportGoal?
  • [09:01] – Finding a way to serve missionaries
  • [10:06] – How does lack of support affect missionaries?
  • [11:14] – The benefits of direct feedback
  • [12:51] – What is SupportGoal?
  • [13:51] – How to navigate SupportGoal
  • [15:21] – What kinds of ministries would benefit from SupportGoal?
  • [17:09] – Learning to not be everything
  • [18:21] – How SupportGoal connects with other programs
  • [19:05] – Can the program help with finances?
  • [20:21] – Ways to approach confrontational conversations
  • [22:14] – How much work goes into maintaining the system?
  • [25:16] – Saving time for missionaries
  • [26:26] – Having a flexible schedule
  • [27:19] – Balance between work and life
  • [28:32] – Resources for fundraising
  • [30:30] – Who are key connections?
  • [31:49] – Ways to connect
  • [32:42] – Who is SupportGoal best for?
  • [33:12] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [34:11] – Recommendations and requests

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How Karl Meisterheim Got Started as a Problem Solver

Karl Meisterheim is a problem solver focused on using technology to advance Kingdom work. He works as a consultant and is the founder of SupportGoal. He spent several years working in an partner-supported position and then transitioned into the marketplace. But while he was in that position, he saw the need for something like SupportGoal.

Name + Contact Info

Where and what people do you primarily serve?
I serve missionaries and ministries locally (Ohio) and online

How do you serve those people?
By providing expertise and software tools to help with fundraising

When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?
As a college student I was involved with a local campus focused church. The experience of ministering to my fellow students through leading bible studies and sharing the gospel awakened a desire to make my life about ministry.

How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?
From a vocational standpoint I felt a leading through several circumstances about two years after college. I was working full time as a computer programmer while still involved in the local church and college ministry. God used a couple of books and some physical limitations to gently prod me into taking a step of faith by leaving my job and going on staff with the church.

Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
My goal was to pursue being a pastor of a local church while focusing on ministering to college students

What would you do differently if you were starting today?
I would have been smarter about how I went about fundraising and developing not just ministry partners but champions – people who share the vision for what we are doing and are working to live it out in their own context.

How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
While I'm no longer support-based, I stayed connect by faithfully sending out a monthly newsletter and setting aside time during the year to catch up with partners by phone or when visiting my home church.

What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
I'm biased but I believe SupportGoal is a great tool 🙂 I think that Support Raising Solutions and the book ‘The God Ask‘ are also helpful resources

How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
Currently by engaging with other missionaries to hear about their experiences and by participating locally with my chapter of the Mission Increase Foundation which is a ministry that helps ministries (with fundraising, board governance, communication etc.)

What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
Get connected to other fundraisers – there's a wide disparity among the quality and content of training that people receive regarding fundraising. The more you learn from others the better equipped you'll be to improve and excel at the work you're doing.

What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Humility is key – never assuming that you know the best way or that just because someone is coming from a position of less experience or success that they don't have something to offer. In addition, measuring and assessing performance so that you can make meaningful changes in the quest to improve the way that you work and fundraise. If something isn't working – fix it!

Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?

Yes – but with a better attitude!

Karl Meisterheim

Karl Meisterheim

Consultant, Founder: SupportGoal

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How to Raise Up Multicultural Leaders in the World, with Ramon Pastrano IV – EM212

How to Raise Up Multicultural Leaders in the World, with Ramon Pastrano IV – EM212

How does our cultural view shape our actions? As Ramon Pastrano IV shares, it's important to have a full, multicultural perspective that honors people to avoid devaluing people or creating more problems than we fix.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/212

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When going into ministry, understanding leadership is very important. Ramon Pastrano joins us to talk about leadership training and how it helps people in different cultures. Over the years, he has worked with different groups in how to see the world through another culture’s eyes. He also helps people find their own strengths and ways to lead others well.

Ramon cares a lot about reflecting Jesus in everything he does. He takes many examples from Jesus’ life in how to lead others. In the U.S., he currently prays that groups will be open to working with others that are different than them. He reminds us that Jesus is the answer to problems today, just as He always has been.

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [02:04] – Introduction
  • [02:24] – The value of leadership training
  • [03:18] – Revealing gifts of leadership
  • [06:26] – A story of deep impact
  • [08:31] – Why is leadership training needed in missions?
  • [12:06] – Growing in cultural sensitivity
  • [14:58] – Working in the Dominican Republic
  • [18:23] – A conversation with God
  • [20:07] – How did you move toward the call?
  • [22:55] – A ministry of intersection
  • [27:43] – How do you reconcile faith and inclusion?
  • [31:55] – Reaching new places through leadership
  • [34:03] – Connecting the dots between culture and Christ
  • [35:54]- Encountering Jesus
  • [39:03] – What groups are impacted most by training?
  • [42:40] – How can we connect with you?
  • [43:30] – Good resources
  • [44:41] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [45:47] – Closing remarks
  • [46:41] – Recommendations and reflections

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How Ramon Pastrano IV Got Started as an Ambassador of Jesus Christ

Ramon Pastrano IV is the CEO-President of ImpactLives. Not only does he help organizations create a culture that honors people and fosters creativity and collaboration, he also provides leadership training and leads mission trips. This is how he got started.

Name + Contact Info

Where and what people do you primarily serve?
At the national local level I serve faith based groups-churches, businesses, non profit organizations, government, education and social services enterprises. At the international level, we serve people in about 15 countries in 4 continents.

How do you serve those people?
Through our laboratory for social responsibility and innovation (national and international), we combine transformational leadership training and education, with service learning experiences and work of social justice. At our core we are about helping people and organizations understand who they are; and how they can use their unique talents to serve, meet needs, and lead others in a positive way. We believe that if people understand who they are, others around them, and why they do what they do, they will be more effective in all relationships and be inspired to meet communities' needs through social innovation, social justice and freedom.

We achieve this by guiding individuals, groups, and organizations through carefully designed leadership development experiences that help them become change agents. Through our work we help people identify who they are and combine that knowledge with their passions and values in ways that empower them to establish and achieve a vision for their own lives, and create the conditions for others to achieve the same. This is sustainability; empowering and helping others become the person that God created them to be.

When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?

I found myself on a short term mission trip in the middle of the sugar cane fields in the Dominican Republic. This is where I grew up. However, this time I was in the company of wealthy Americans trying to meet the (assumed) physical and spiritual needs of poor Dominicans and Haitians refugees living in the Bateyes. No one had any idea about what they were doing, but they were doing it in the name of Christ. It became obvious to me that the leaders of these Christians organizations were sending untrained people to carry out such missions. The needs targeted by this group were interpreted as individual deficiencies rather than as symptomatic of larger contextual problems. This was the typical response to a need as a deficiency (the need is seen as individual problem only and not as an issue resulting from a system or context in which the individual cannot meet that need him or herself), the person who fills the need becomes more powerful than the recipients and so the latter are devalued or demeaned.

In the process, I became frustrated and hopeless. What right do we have to enter into people lives, arrive unannounced, create more chaos in their lives, and then leave?

How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?

When I expressed my frustration and hopelessness to my friend and pastor, he looked at me straight into my eyes and asked me, “what are you going to do about it?” at first, I thought he was kidding, but then the question was fried at me a second time. Up to this point I have never considered the fact that perhaps I was supposed to be doing something about it. Prayerfully and Critically reflecting on that question changed my path in life.

After a short time I attended seminary and soon after was invited into the emerging leaders program where I earned my doctorate in Global and Contextual Leadership. During the same 8 years my ministry was born and took shape

Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
I believe that I have always had a clear and measurable goal for ministry. In fact, it is very similar to the biblical model introduced by Jesus. The name of the game is “Transformation.” But, not as traditionally defined. Transformation is not merely an extension of, or improvement over the past but is an actual change from the past. The change may be spontaneous or gradual, dramatic or invisible, radical or moderate. But however the process may be measured and described, by definition it is a departure from the past. Its authenticity is proven if the change is maintained on an internal and external level in the life of an individual and an organization.

The degree and nature of actual transformation will of course be influenced by context and the point in an individual’s or organization’s lifespan and life cycle in which the change occurs. But whatever its degree and nature, change will always involve the heart. Most often transformation includes cognition, but the heart is still the center of all true change. In other words, one cannot think oneself to change but together one’s heart and mind can move the person to change. This is because transformation includes change or modification of foundational structures in the sphere of the subconscious, extending even beyond the realm of consciousness. The Greek word for transformation is “metamorphos,” from which the English word “metamorphosis” comes. Metamorphosis is the process through which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The caterpillar’s transformation provides a metaphor that evokes the idea that change involves the total being, the subconscious heart and all its constituent parts, as well as the thinking faculties.

What would you do differently if you were starting today?
Focus on improving my listening skills. God is always speaking and directing our steps, but we are not always listening.

How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
We are a “below the iceberg” or “at the roots” organization. This means that we are addressing issues at the root cause of the problem not at the surface. For this reason many individuals, churches and organizations do not know us. Furthermore, because the complexity of our work and the long and arduous journey of transformation, our partnerships and support is very limited. Unfortunately for us, in our culture there is a seduction with the temporary, quick fixes and instant gratification that makes raising support very difficult. Many churches fall under this category.

For those who partner with us, they become part of the journey. The information flows real time and they are always in the know.”

What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
At impactLives we customized all of our trainings and tools. Most of them come from our research. However, in the field of short term mission some of the most recent and powerful tool I have used are: the film “Poverty Inc.” which says exactly what i have been trying to say for the last decade. Books such as “Travesty in Haiti,” When Helping Hurts,” “Toxic Charity,” “Wasted Charity,” and “Dead Aid.” In the Mission and Church Planting there are many great books and tools that could increase the effectiveness of this type work. I used many of them with Ministry and Culture Class.

How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
Currently, I am providing training for many organizations in locally, nationally and overseas. Personally, I receive my coaching from Jesus Himself. I have spent the last three years studying the fullness of Jesus through the Gospels as one of His companion.

What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
For those who claim a Christian faith, my recommendation is very simple: Read, eat, breath, drink, sleep and live the four Gospels: Know intimately the one that you are going to serve. Receive first, from the one you are going to serve. The most powerful “four letter word” in the bible is the word “WITH.” Mark [3:14] “He appointed twelve that they might be “WITH” him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Jesus chose Twelves to be “WITH” Him, and this means that before we go out to do anything in his name, we need to go to Him first. It is during that “WITH HIM” time that the disciples learn what Jesus is teaching them. It is during this “WITH HIM” time that they experienced what Jesus says about “I am doing what I see my father in Heaven doing.” Notice also that this “WITH HIM” time, is not just a few hours or days…it could be longer than the three years the disciples spent “WITH HIM.” Keep in mind that Paul himself spent three years in Arabia “WITH HIM” before his ministry began.

I know this is countercultural to a lot of churches who want to send people in short term mission trips to give them “a taste for mission.” But, how can you give what you have not receive? How can you witness about one you don't know? How can you share a gospel you have not experienced?

We must remember those short but powerful remarks that Jesus made: “As the father have sent me, I am sending you, Love one another, as I have loved you.” The implication here is that the only way one can know how he/she is being sent, is by being “WITH HIM.” The only way one can know how to love other is by experiencing first the love of Jesus. And how can one experience the love of Jesus? by being “WITH HIM.”

What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Listen from a generative standpoint. This is not easy. Generative listening means that you are listening by connecting with your the heart and mine thus creating the greatest potential for a shift in perspective. Teachability begins with an open mind, which is the ability to suspend judgement and consider/examines multiple perspectives. Regarding grace, we must learn to grant the grace of positive assumptions. Do not refrains from speaking truth or making a judgement call on things that you certainly know are wrong. But when you do, remember to extend the same grace giving to you in Calvary.

Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
In a heart beat.

Ramon Pastrano IV

Ramon Pastrano IV

CEO-President, ImpactLives

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12 New Churches in the World in 15 Years, with Ernie Peacock – EM211

12 New Churches in the World in 15 Years, with Ernie Peacock – EM211

Listen to the Episode Below (0:46:51)

Have you ever wondered what God is up to? Well, as Ernie Peacock shares, He's moving powerfully. Listen as he shares about church planting, cross-cultural ministry, God's call, and a new opportunity. Be inspired!

In the world today, the amount of people open to Jesus seems to be growing very quickly. This should make us open our eyes to what God is doing in the world. Ernie Peacock comes onto the show to talk about this growing harvest. Over the last 30 years, God has called him to minister throughout the world.

In his ministry, he has primarily planted churches and has been in Madrid, Spain for some time now. Recently, though, God has called him to move to Guadalajara, Mexico. His vision is to see all levels of society reached with the Gospel so that they can impact their communities.

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:41] – Introduction
  • [02:01] – How were you called into ministry?
  • [06:13] – Responding to the call
  • [07:13] – The excitement of following Christ
  • [09:02] – Preparation for ministry
  • [10:45] – The value of developing discipline
  • [11:48] – What has surprised you the most over the years?
  • [13:28] – Making the Gospel relevant across the world
  • [15:34] – Cultural shifts in presenting the Gospel
  • [18:55] – What has God been showing you?
  • [21:45] – A challenge to look at the harvest
  • [23:02] – A time of transition
  • [23:54] – Forming an international church in Mexico
  • [26:42] – What are the dreams you have for this church?
  • [28:55] – The process of building a team
  • [30:45] – Needed character traits for missions
  • [32:27] – What do you look for in a team?
  • [35:05] – The next step
  • [35:40] – How can we pray for you?
  • [38:07] – Closing remarks
  • [39:03] – Reviews and recommendations

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How Ernie Peacock Got Started as a Church Planter

How Ernie Peacock Got Started as a Church Planter

Name + Contact Info

Where and what people do you primarily serve?
We are missionaries, but our calling is church planting. We've planted 12 national (Mexican) churches, and have helped train and mentor dozens of church planters is Spain. In January 2018, we're returning to Guadalajara, Mexico, to plant the International Church of Guadalajara.

When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?
Just a couple of months after my salvation experience, on a missions trip to southern Mexico

How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?
The Lord deeply impressed upon my heart two months after my salvation experience, and during a missions trip to southern Mexico, that He had a ministry call upon my life. The ministry and missions call was almost simultaneous.

Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
Yes, to obey!

What would you do differently if you were starting today?
I would work smarter, not necessarily harder.

How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
Multi-media and social media platforms. We itinerate every 5th year and visit supporting and new churches to give updates and cast fresh vision.

What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
LDR Church Development Process, by Dr. J. Melvyn & Martha Ming, & Steven Mills; Off-Road Disciplines, Earl Creps; The Gospel of the Kingdom, George Eldon Ladd; Mission of God, John York. Multiplication Network Resources provide several great books of planting healthy churches, Mentoring, Diagnostics for healthy churches and leadership.

How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
Listen to podcasts, sit in on live training sessions (Church Marketing University-Ryan Wakefield), Leaders.Church (Dick Hardy-The Hardy Group), Growing Leaders (Tim Elmore). I have a seat at the table with World International Church Network.

What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
Theological, Cultural, linguistic, and missiological training

What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Be led by the Spirit of God, be submissive, be open to different perspectives,

Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
100%.

Ernie Peacock

Ernie Peacock

Missionary, Church Planter

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The Wounded Shepherd: How to Find Healing and Hope, with Kevin Moore – EM210

The Wounded Shepherd: How to Find Healing and Hope, with Kevin Moore – EM210

What happens when a pastor, missionary, or church planter gets wounded? What happens to them and the people they minister to? How does healing come? Listen as Kevin Moore shares how God is working in his life.

http://engagingmissions.com/210

Sometimes, ministry can be messy. People are imperfect, and sometimes a congregation or a group one is serving can cause pain for their leaders or pastors. Our guest, Kevin Moore, joins us to tell about his time of hurt in the church and how God has used that to help other pastors now.

He now works with current “wounded shepherds” to help them come to a place of healing. By relating with them in their pain, Kevin is able to remind them of their calling that God has given them. Even when ministry causes misfortune, pastors and ministers can cling to God and find healing in His presence.

[00:24] – Episode summary
[01:50] – Introduction
[04:06] – How prevalent is hurt in ministry?
[06:29] – Being brought out of the gap
[09:02] – Are you still at the same church?
[10:42] – Meaningful verse
[13:10] – Holding onto the calling in the midst of pain
[16:37] – Living life abundantly
[19:30] – Moving toward healing
[23:39] – The impact of working through the hurt
[27:13] – How can congregants protect their pastors?
[31:48] – Resources for healing
[35:26] – Where can we find your podcast?
[37:35] – How can we best pray for you?
[40:26] – Closing remarks
[41:59] – Podcast recommendations and personal stories

Resources

The Wounded Shepherd: http://thewoundedshepherd.com
The Global Initiative Coffee Break: http://reachingmuslimpeoples.com
Missional Audio: http://missionalaudio.com

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How to Sow Seeds of Good News in the World, with Mark McGoldrick  – EM209

How to Sow Seeds of Good News in the World, with Mark McGoldrick – EM209

Listen to the Episode Below (0:50:18)

Can God move in unexpected places? Does he love ALL people? Listen as Mark McGoldrick shares his story of redemption and how God is moving in exciting ways in Atlanta, GA.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/209

Voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/EngagingMissions

Feedback: https://engagingmissions.com/feedbackflurry

Connections can be crucial in bringing people to Jesus. Our guest, Mark McGoldrick, shares stories of how he has built relationships with people through working with Cru over the last 30 years. From millennials to marketplace managers, Mark shares the story of Jesus and sees lives transformed. These transformational stories have led to more people coming to follow Christ.

Even when he is not working with Cru, Mark tells people about the Gospel wherever he goes, even at the gym. During the show, he reminds us that even our hobbies can be used to expand the Kingdom of God. Through those hobbies, we can connect with people and show them the love of Jesus.

[00:24] – Episode summary
[01:32] – Introduction
[01:51] – Ministry in an unconventional place
[06:30] – Seeing the love of God in others
[08:03] – What has kept you going in ministry?
[12:27] – The many parts of Cru’s ministry
[18:03] – How were you called into ministry?
[24:07] – Evangelizing relationally across generations
[30:03] – What has God been showing you over the last year?
[34:25] – How can we best pray for you?
[36:49] – A challenge for the coming week
[39:40] – Closing comments
[41:59] – A flurry of feedback

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How Mark McGoldrick Got Started as an Evangelizer and Discipler

How Mark McGoldrick Got Started as an Evangelizer and Discipler

Name + Contact Info

Where and what people do you primarily serve?
The people of Atlanta that I either lead to a complete Lordship of their lives over to Christ….or Christians we meet while we are serving churches who let us know they have a heart to reach Atlanta.

How do you serve those people?
First go over the essentials of what it means to have Christ as your Lord, Master, Boss, Ruler of your life. Then make sure that they have a vital relationship with Christ by a plan of both getting into the Word on a daily basis AND coming free of repetitive sin that hinders the work of the Holy Spirit. THEN make sure they have an understanding of the Holy Spirit's work in their lives. Then we begin the process of training them to train others through the use of the 10 Commands of Christ. We first use a simple training tool called the 411 that enables them to know how to share their faith and lead someone into a relationship with Christ. The long term discipleship comes if they see a need to be encouraged and disciples over the long haul knowing it will be hard to stay concerned for the lost and prayed over and encouraged to continue to reach out and disciple and train others to do the same.

When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?
In the Sophomore year of my High School days….I was challenged to lead a youth outreach to my school. The challenge from this evangelist was that he believed that I had enough influence to fill the church up every night with students who he would then unfold the gospel to them on a nightly basis. Many students came to Christ and he came up to me afterwards and said “Quit fighting it Mark – You are meant to be in vocational Christian work!”

How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?
After receiving some training from Campus Crusade for Christ on how to share my faith and be filled with God's Spirit – I came back to my school so fired up to see my friends come into a relationship with Christ. A group of us would go out in the halls before school started and just ask other students if we could share the four spiritual laws with them….and I saw many of my friends come to Christ. I didn't know what to do with them then but as a result of going to UGA and getting involved with Cru (as it is called today) I learned firsthand out to reach out in my dorm, apt complex, fraternity house and everywhere I went I started groups of men that wanted to come to Christ and grow in their faith and then reach out in their sphere of influence as well.

Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
Fast forward to today and now I help adults to find out how to reach out to THEIR spheres of influence. Whether that is at their work, or gym, or neighborhood…..my wife and I have tools now that can help anyone gather a group of people to start studying God's Word and disciple those that respond.

What would you do differently if you were starting today?
For many years I tried to use programs to reach people rather than relationally just helping people reach out where they live, work, and play. The programs so burnt people out from the constant inviting people to hear the gospel rather than them taking the initiative themselves. They can do that through people they already know or by also “going into the harvest” and going door to door or in parks or anywhere people just hang out. I prefer to do it as a way of life and invite people to sit down and answer some questions and transition into My Story God's Story BUT …..I am about 1% of the Body of Christ who is naturally gifted in doing something like that. So we must teach people to go out to their “oikos” and be willing to gather with people that they don't even know. That will be the only way we eventually give everyone the opportunity till there is “No Place Left” in Atlanta that has not been given the opportunity to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
We have developed a No Place Left mindset of finding “practitioners” and keeping in touch with those people through Social Media like GroupMe and Facebook. We are connected nationally as well as locally. Then we do a Zoom call (lot like Skype) quarterly and encourage each other with where we are at in sharing, and discipling, and multiplying. We also help each other with training, and going to national and local events where we can sharpen each other with a tool called Iron on Iron…..which is feedback from others so that we can get a “360” of sorts on ways that could help each of us get past a “snag or slump” we see ourselves or the ministry being in.

What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
There are what is called “Stories of Hope” that are about 7 Biblical stories of those people that were far from God that came near to God and changed either personally and/or their “oikos”. Using the three thirds process is so helpful in knowing a flow that covers all the bases and gives a new Christian a way to run a meeting where it is not only reproducible but produces a mindset of going and telling others AND applying truth from God's Word to your lives every week. Then there are the Commands of Christ – these tools are all on www.noplaceleft.net and are easy to download and use anywhere anytime. These are the discipleship tools that help a person to fulfill the part of the great commission to “teach them to obey all that I commanded you…..”. These are all a part of a training called “Four Fields” and gives an overall picture of what you can do to lead others to Christ AND then disciple them.

How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
There are trainings going on all over America. If a person wants to find out what is going on in their city they simply can go onto www.noplaceleft.net and see. in almost 150 cities there are people that have adhered to this training and application of truths. Each city now has a training schedule posted – such as Atlanta's www.noplaceleft.net/Atlanta Zoom training is great as well and I currently have a group that wants to reach out to their gym. These guys are from three different cities. So whatever the place….if someone has a need and desire I and others are available to fold them into the training and application – there is a great assurance that we can help them get to the fourth generation of multiplication eventually.

What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
Write out your names on a sheet of paper that you don't know where they stand spiritually. If it is a geographical area begin prayer walking (for instance – around your neighborhood or if your gym – go ahead and warm up and pretend you are going out to get some fresh air and pray up and down the sidewalk or around the building). Look at Luke 9 and 10 and believe God for bring you to the person or house of peace – because that is what you are looking for. Then as you either have an outreach group to give people a chance to check out the 7 Stories of Hope OR start discipling one to a few people…..begin to see a house church or Life Group get started (whatever you want to call it doesn't matter BUT what God is doing around the world is reproducing churches that multiply to many generations and I truly believe that we are going to see that here in America especially within the Millennials generation!)

What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Keep sharing and keep discipling looking for the Fourth Soil person that gathers like crazy and produces 30, 60 and 100 fold. BUT BE AWARE in America…. sad to say…..that person is about 1 in 100 people that you go through ……Untill God brings revival – we are so asleep and satiated with our societies lies of what TRUE LIFE is……we will not be willing to sacrifice. But they are out there……keep going brother or sister! DON'T GIVE UP TILL YOU FIND THEM! 😉

Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
Without a shadow of a doubt! I could tell you the story of David G. and Connor P. and others around Atlanta that are baptizing many and discipling many – starting group after group……and yes …..it is all worth it. Especially if you are faithful and not scared to reach the very lost and be willing to wade through their sin, and recovery, and hard knocks of them really believing that you love them no matter what…….because they will test you and you will wonder if it is all worth it! BUT IT DEFINITELY IS!

Mark McGoldrick

Mark McGoldrick

Evangelist, Discipler

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Learning about the Life of Jesus on Earth, with Scott Stripling – EM208

Learning about the Life of Jesus on Earth, with Scott Stripling – EM208

Listen to the Episode Below (0:51:20)

Does it feel like people either discount science or faith to believe in the other? Scott Stripling shares how, in pursuing truth, He's able to look to truth in archaeology and see truth in the Bible as well.

http://engagingmissions.com/208

Scott Stripling joins us to discuss archaeology and how it helps us learn about our faith. He and his team are now working in Israel (specifically Shiloh) around where the tabernacle would have been during the Old Testament. Through Scott’s digs and research, he has come to know even more about Jesus and His life.

During the episode, he shares about past discoveries, his books, and the importance of knowing the Word. If archaeology, history, ministry, or Scripture interests you at all, come listen and dig into the redemptive story of God!

[00:24] – Episode summary
[02:16] – Introduction
[03:40] – A trajectory towards ministry
[05:36] – How has the jigsaw puzzle fit together?
[06:28] – How has God brought healing in your life?
[07:48] – The process of becoming more like Christ
[09:36] – Important Scriptures
[10:32] – How do you remain engaged and active?
[11:45] – Opening doors for archeology in ministry
[13:04] – Facing the critics
[14:47] – Bridging the gap across cultures
[18:05] – Discoveries of the early Church
[20:17] – What has been the most surprising discovery?
[24:26] – The final month of Jesus’ life
[25:47] – Understanding the stories of Jesus
[28:13] – Peeling back the layers of history
[30:12] – Drawing closer to God and to each other
[32:06] – What questions need to be answered?
[32:58] – Marketplace matters
[34:25] – What is your book about?
[35:50] – Defining “synchronism”
[38:07] – Internet and book resources
[39:24] – How can we pray for you?
[41:12] – Closing remarks
[41:57] – Podcast recommendation
(more…)

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