How to use Facebook Groups for Missionaries, with Eric Nevins – EM275

How to use Facebook Groups for Missionaries, with Eric Nevins – EM275

Facebook Groups can be a distraction or a powerful tool – especially for missionaries and church planters.

Join us as Eric Nevins, founder of the Christian Podcasters Association on Facebook shares his insights into community building, spiritual practices, spiritual formation, and more. You'll discover how God has uniquely shaped him to be the host of the Halfway There podcast and the leader of this group and what God's doing in him now.

Whether you want to start an online community, contribute more powerfully, or turn a distraction into ministry and growth, you'll learn something from what Eric has to say.

Full Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/275

What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode Overview
  • 00:57 – Publishing Schedule Changes
  • 01:49 – Introducing Eric Nevins
  • 02:22 – The value of having an online community
  • 03:31 – What led to the shift in your thinking?
  • 03:57 – What have your learned in building community?
  • 05:32 – What kinds of questions should you ask?
  • 06:41 – What happens when you form a healthy online community?
  • 07:44 – How do you set the tone for the group?
  • 09:15 – What do you need to think through before starting a Facebook Group?
  • 11:41 – What do you do to help develop a sense of community ownership throughout the group?
  • 13:08 – How do you stay engaged without getting sucked into the social media black hole?
  • 14:32 – How has your interest in spiritual formation helped prepare you for leading this group?
  • 16:47 – How does that change what you do?
  • 17:43 – How does understanding the transition points in the lives of others help us understand our own journeys?
  • 18:58 – What would you hope to see in the future because of what you're doing?
  • 21:34 – Let's talk about spiritual practices.
  • 22:52 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 24:57 – Huge thanks to Eric
  • 25:24 – Changes to the publishing calendar.
  • 25:43 – Make sure you don't miss it. Subscribe today!

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How to Put Hands and Feet on the Good News, with Adrianna Manaugh – EM274

How to Put Hands and Feet on the Good News, with Adrianna Manaugh – EM274

One way we can be more like Jesus is by being faithful in the work we do. Adrianna Manaugh joins the show to talk about the importance of staying and building trust in missions work. Adrianna works with Partners Relief and Develoment, which brings missionaries and local ministries together around the world.

Growing up, Adrianna always loved hearing stories from missionaries, and now she gets to share her own. In this episode, hear about her journey into ministry and her desire to show people God’s love. Not only does Adrianna share the Gospel through words, but she also shares the Gospel through serving and partnering with communities across the nations.

Full Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/274

What We Talked About

  • 00:23 – Episode introduction
  • 01:18 – Welcoming Adrianna
  • 01:40 – How were you called into missions?
  • 02:25 – Preparation for cross-cultural ministry
  • 03:15 – What drew you to development?
  • 04:10 – Putting hands and feet to the Gospel
  • 04:44 – Staying to serve
  • 05:45 – Praying and persevering through problems
  • 06:34 – What was the first organization you worked with?
  • 07:38 – Bridging the gap between ministry and community
  • 08:29 – An example of sustainability and teamwork
  • 09:21 – What do you do in your work?
  • 09:50 – The structure of Partners
  • 10:30 – Different ministry roles
  • 11:02 – How did trips to Haiti impact your work?
  • 11:44 – Avoiding compassion fatigue
  • 12:27 – Learning how to read the stories of hope
  • 13:06 – A story of redemption through ministry
  • 14:20 – How common is that kind of story?
  • 15:07 – What is the biggest need?
  • 15:50 – Challenges in missions work
  • 16:29 – Steps to get involved
  • 16:57 – Secrets of walking in faithfulness
  • 17:26 – How can people be a part of Partners?
  • 17:46 – Be involved before you go
  • 18:42 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 19:10 – Closing thoughts
  • 19:43 – Updates and episode information

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The Great Story: How Mission is for All People of God, with Ed Smither – EM273

The Great Story: How Mission is for All People of God, with Ed Smither – EM273

Learning about the history of missions can help us see what God is up to in the world today. Ed Smither comes to share about his new book, Christian Mission: A Concise Global History. This book shows how God has used many kinds of people to share the Good News of Jesus around the world.

Ed is a professor and the Dean of Intercultural Studies and history of Christianity. He also has travelled the world doing missions work and using history to tell people about Jesus. During the show, Ed reminds us about the need to know where Christian mission came from and what it has to say to the Church today.

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/274

What We Talked About

  • 00:23 – Episode introduction
  • 01:22 – Welcoming Ed Smither
  • 01:54 – What inspired you to write this book?
  • 02:59 – Who is this book intended for?
  • 03:33 – Parts of the book that stand out
  • 05:11 – Living out missions in everyday life
  • 06:06 – Defining what missions is
  • 07:27 – Entering the greatest divide
  • 09:17 – What reduces long-term effectiveness?
  • 11:01 – How did your work impact your book?
  • 13:03 – Places with rich Christian history
  • 14:55 – What does history have to tell us?
  • 16:21 – Looking at trends in Christian world
  • 17:29 – The story of Christianity
  • 19:08 – Where to find the book and to connect
  • 19:28 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 19:53 – Encouragement to pray
  • 20:15 – Closing thoughts
  • 22:13 – Bonus segment

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TWR: Taking the Gospel Across the Airwaves and Into Digital Downloads, with Carol VanDyken – EM272

TWR: Taking the Gospel Across the Airwaves and Into Digital Downloads, with Carol VanDyken – EM272

Right now, people around the world are hearing about the Good News of Jesus through the radio and digital media. Carol VanDyken tells us about TWR – international Christian media ministry, an organization that spreads the Gospel through the airwaves. This group has partner offices in 190 countries around the world, broadcasting the Gospel in more than 230 languages.

Carol has been involved in missions for many years. She and her family have lived in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Cyprus. As they have travelled the world, Carol has seen God move and work in many ways. She encourages us to think about our gifts and talents and how God might be calling us to use them in Kingdom work.       

Full Show Notes: https://engagingmissions.com/272

What We Talked About

  • 00:24 – Episode introduction
  • 00:58 – The Christian’s Podcaster Association
  • 01:46 – Carol VanDyken with TWR
  • 02:04 – Where all have you lived?
  • 04:40 – Creating relationships with donors
  • 05:31 – Transition to digital ministry platforms
  • 07:28 – A desire for communities to speak to their own people
  • 08:34 – What is needed for local programming?
  • 09:23 – Did you always want to be a missionary?
  • 12:37 – Memorable transitions in ministry
  • 15:28 – Deciding between family and missions work
  • 17:49 – Work in the recruiting department
  • 19:55 – What do you look for in applicants?
  • 21:26 – Greater access through social and digital media
  • 22:25 – The fruit of what you’re doing
  • 25:58 – Exciting changes around the corner
  • 27:42 – Advice for aspiring missionaries
  • 31:31 – Keeping relationships strong
  • 32:44 – A wide arena for using gifts for the Kingdom
  • 34:31 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 36:57 – Encouragement to pray
  • 38:01 – Closing thoughts and what’s next on the podcast
  • 40:04 – Bonus segment

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If you'd have any comments or questions, you can always leave a comment in the show notes, leave a voicemail with SpeakPipe, or send an email to feedback@engagingmissions.com. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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