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Cover of Breakthrough BookBreakthrough!

Steps to Research and Resolve
the Mysteries in your Ministry

by Stan Nussbaum

A new training manual combining prayer and field research for a breakthrough in your ministry situation


What mission leaders are saying about Breakthrough!

I well remember the glazed look in the eyes of Venezuelans as I tried to share the gospel the way I had been taught in North America. I knew something was going wrong, but didn’t know what. With the help of some field research methods, I discovered multiple clues for how to communicate better. Stan has put these methods in reach of all missionaries, and I am delighted.— Charles Davis, International Director, TEAM

An engaging, practical, delightfully creative, scholarly, and thoroughly missiological research text. A must for those wanting to make an impact in missions at the field level.― Evvy Hay Campbell, Chair, Intercultural Studies Department, Wheaton College

The Breakthrough! process is an excellent and simple tool for anyone facing a major issue or decision. Its practical steps make it easy to apply in an organizational context. It also has the secondary impact of sharpening one’s daily observation and learning skills contributing to more effective decision making in day-to-day responsibilities.― Ray Sanford, Executive Vice-President, OC International

I’ve been privileged to be involved in the development of Stan Nussbaum’s Breakthrough! for over 10 years. I consider it to be one of the most practical and significant ways in which people can discover God’s power in the specific challenges of everyday mission.― Canon Tim Dakin, General Secretary, CMS

I find the format, flow, and style very user friendly.  It comes across as saying, 'Hey! I can do research!'  This will be very helpful for the sake of Kingdom work.― Roberta King, Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Breakthrough! is an on-field, on-the-job training manual designed for missionaries who want to better discern God's direction in the perplexities of their work. The unique and practical Breakthrough! method combines field research and prayer to help missionaries get fresh perspective and renewed hope on the seemingly unsolvable problems in their ministry. Insights gained allow workers to adjust their methods, greatly increasing the probablility of a breakthrough in their area of concern.


In the world of mission, many of God’s servants today are half-way to a breakthrough. They have made their commitment to cross-cultural mission, thrown themselves willingly into Christ’s service, and perhaps already begun to see some results. But they have also noticed that some part(s) of their ministry are not nearly as fruitful as it seems they should be. For some time now they have been praying about these puzzling concerns and probably discussing them with fellow workers, but they do not seem to be making much progress by any of the means they have tried so far.

The Breakthrough! manual is a tool missionaries can use to regain their momentum in heading for a practical breakthrough in ministry. It maps out ten steps that lead on from that frustrating half-way point all the way to a blessed breakthrough. Following these steps, they can move from where they are to where they want to be, fruitfully serving the Lord.

The key to the ten steps is the neglected skill of listening. By sharpening their skills of listening to God and listening to other people, Breakthrough! users get better at discerning God’s will and taking inspired action that leads to real breakthroughs.

Breakthrough! users learn to combine research and prayer so they continually grow in ministry and are equipped with the tools to to take advantage of opportunities as the they arise.

The manual helps missionaries...

  • more accurately discern God's will for their ministry
  • focus on a recurring problem and resolve it
  • take some of the guesswork out of long-range or annual planning
  • find the handles on a new but confusing ministry opportunity
  • decide whether to pursue graduate studies related to their ministry

Whether the manual is used by an individual worker or as part of a strategic planning exercise for a team, whether the work is done as independent study, with an e-mail coach, in a workshop, the aim is the same—better mission based on better listening.

Additional Information / Orders

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Click here to download the introductory chapter from the book (PDF).

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Breakthrough! Steps to Research and Resolve the Mysteries in Your Ministry
196 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches
Published by GMI Research Services
Price: $21.95

Includes Illustrations, Diagrams, Tables, Worksheets, and Index


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