|A Global Mapping International Newsletter||Spring 1998|
Last fall, GMI entered into a ministry alliance, known as The Alliance for Leadership Development, with Development Associates International (DAI) and Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The purpose of this alliance is to increase the effectiveness of majority world Christian leaders in evangelism, discipleship, and social transformation by creating and delivering relevant educational and mentoring resources.
This adds another component to GMI's mission of seeing information play its proper role in ministry, by helping leaders obtain and use information needed to improve the leadership process itself, in addition to the contextual and strategic information we have long worked with.
At the core of the Alliance are the training materials and methods developed by Drs. James Engel and David Frasier out of their decades of experience in leadership training and three years of specific research into areas of leadership education not readily available to Christian leaders in the majority world. Six courses have been developed so far, dealing with topics including:
The materials have been designed to allow a leader, working with a mentor, to learn needed skills without leaving his or her place of work and ministry.
The Alliance seeks to leverage DAI's existing resources, using MAF's expertise in electronic communication technologies and GMI's expertise in adapting materials into electronic media.
The focus of the Alliance in early 1998 is to equip a first generation of mentor/trainers on the Indian subcontinent who can multiply the training throughout their organizations, associations, or denominations. By a similar process of encouraging multiplication, providing ready access to materials and advice, and facilitating local translation and adaptation of materials, the Alliance hopes to make training available to thousands of leaders worldwide within three years.
GMI has already produced for the Alliance a CD-ROM of key DAI training materials. I recently joined a team of three DAI and two MAF leaders in conducting three training sessions in India and Bangladesh, where we equipped "trainers of trainers" to use electronic media forms of the curriculum.
In Hyderabad, the team lead 34 participants from 16 organizations and denominations in a detailed "Training of Trainers" Seminar. Outcomes included four translation teams adapting materials into different Indian languages, mentoring groups for trainers of trainers started in six cities, and initial discussions toward a training program for agency CEOs of the India Missions Association.
In Delhi, we met for two days with 15 participants from eight organizations and denominations, notably the Church of North India, the Evangelical Fellowship of India, and the North India Harvest Network, for an introduction to DAI leadership training. Outcomes included scheduling two Training of Trainers sessions next summer for the Church of North India and Evangelical Fellowship of India, Alliance assistance to CNI and EFI in setting up a communications networks of leaders, and exploring possibilities for delivering both leadership training and theological reference materials on CD-ROM.
In Dhaka, we held a second Training of Trainers Seminar for fifteen participants from five organizations and denominations, resulting in a local partnership to complete translation of foundational DAI materials into Bengali, and formation of a mentoring group which will meet four times in the next year. Participants from this group will each then mentor a small group of 2-4 others through at least the initial four units of the DAI curriculum.
We are grateful for all that we learned in the first few months of the Alliance, and particularly on the trip to India and Bangladesh. The training materials and mentoring process hit on deeply-felt areas of need for most of the leaders we met, and the possibility of using computer technology to help a growing network of leaders train and encourage one another seems to be an idea whose time has come.
Discussion of leadership training in the India Missions Association. Left to right: Dr. Pravin Mougill, DAI; Dr. Rajendran, IMA; Jane Overstreet, DAI; Dr. James Engel, DAI; Bill Dickson, GMI.
From January 5-16, 1998, in Nairobi, Kenya I led the faculty of Carlile College School of Theology in an intensive two-week seminar enabling them to make a simple but radical shift in their approach to teaching. During this "Applied Research Training" seminar, each faculty member selected one of his courses and designed a small-scale field research project to be carried out as a class project.
The seminar included instruction and coaching on all aspects of the process such as selecting and defining a subject of practical importance, framing a hypothesis, designing a questionnaire, developing a field research strategy, training research assistants, processing the data and working for change on the basis of the findings.
The introduction of field research into core courses such as biblical studies and theology represents a powerful change in the training of pastors and evangelists.
Presently that training has only two modes-listening and speaking. The student uses the listening mode in the classroom or library and the speaking mode during practical ministry assignments in the church or community.
A field research project forces the student to use the "listening" mode out in the community. This equips the student to "read" situations, exactly the kind of thing he/she will need to do in actual ministry after graduation. Most training equips students to read and analyze only books.
One of the most revealing moments in the whole seminar for me came when I asked, "How many books do you think your average student will read per year in the first few years after graduation?" The answer coming immediately from two faculty members at the same time was, "Zero." Then I asked how many ministry situations the average graduate would have to "read" during the first year. They replied, "There is a new one every week."
In the world of theological education today, hardly any word gets more lip service than "contextualization;" that is, understanding and communicating the gospel in ways appropriate for a given context or culture. Through Applied Research Training seminars, the theory becomes reality. The seminar will be offered again in November at Malaysia Theological Seminary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Additional sites are under consideration.
Stan Nussbaum (left) with Samuel Muciri, discussing Rev. Muciri's research plan on the concept of God among African traditionalists.
Once again we're into an exciting new experiment.
Launching a strategic alliance with Development Associates International and Mission Aviation Fellowship to deliver leadership training to third world church leaders "pushes the envelope" for us.
Putting quality material onto CD-ROM is familiar territory. So is training others to effectively use the technology.
What's new for us is the focus on leadership development curriculum. And the alliance with DAI and MAF takes us into uncharted waters.
Specifically, we are committed to pursuing a joint strategic plan, budget and fund raising effort. Organizations in other countries are getting intimately tied into the alliance, as well.
GMI is committed to strategic alliances, and we're committed to doing what it takes to minister well, even if that pushes us into uncomfortably new methods of operating. We believe the old saying, "A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for."
As we set our sails into the future, we're excited to be working closely with such choice people in this new expression of our corporate commitment to minister first and foremost to evangelical leaders in the third world.
Personally, the voyage is all the more inviting as it gives me the opportunity to minister along side Dr. James F. Engel, DAI's founder and my advisor, professor and mentor from Wheaton Grad School days. I owe much to Jim for the invaluable course corrections he has brought to my life and ministry during the past 19 years. Thank you, friend.
Here's your chance to "step up to the plate." In the past, we have rarely asked newsletter readers to get directly involved in supporting the ministry of GMI. But recently, GMI's opportunities have mushroomed. We need to strengthen our lineup now that "the ducks are on the pond." This is your chance.
We'd like to throw you three pitches.
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In February, GMI welcomed Lee Miller to our staff. Lee has a history of using his knowledge in Geographic Information Systems to create custom maps on the computer. He helped create a 120 air-photo mosaic for the Department of Agriculture and has tutored others in various mapping software at San Diego State University where he completed a three-year research project.
Lee's heart surrendered to missions while visiting GMI last August. He desires to see maps used as a tool for evangelizing unreached people groups and loves to create or capture images of God's world.
Lee's diverse background includes photojournalism, wedding photography, Christian radio broadcasting, computers and electronics. He will apply these skills to develop GMI's custom mapping capabilities.
Lee retired from the Navy in January and telecommutes from Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife Lynda and four daughters, Sarah, Brittany, Leilani and Joy. They plan to move to Colorado Springs after completion of Lee's master's degree in cartography.
Unlike commercial producers of software, GMI is not satisfied with selling its products. Our mission is not achieved until our products are applied in ways that advance the Kingdom of Christ. When it comes to mapping software, this means we invest in training and coaching people how to apply GMI tools to their specific ministry needs. In the past six months GMI staff have done this through 3-day and 4-day seminars in Indonesia, Korea and three parts of India.
In each case participants were asked to bring a real-life mapping project with them. Their project became the focus of the training seminar for them, and they received individual guidance on it. In this way they got input from GMI staff at an appropriate level and speed. In seminars like these our goal is not to mesmerize people with 1001 things the software can theoretically do; instead we want them to know how they themselves can get the software actually to do what they need. They go home partly impressed with the software but more impressed with their own accomplishments.
We are presently accepting suggestions for seminar sites in 1998 and 1999. In a new document describing how we select host sites, our seven criteria are described using the acronym "D.E.S.T.I.N.Y." We will be happy to send you this document on request if you wish to consider hosting one of our technical training seminars.
Host: K.R.I.M. (Korea Research Institute for Mission)
Other participants: Korea Center for Adopt-A-People, Global Missions Pioneers, Operation Mobilization Korea, Cheju, OMF International, Global Bible Translators, HOPE (Helping Overseas, Professionals Employment)
Loren Muehlius (center) with trainees displaying some of the fruits of their labor, Korean Research Institute for Mission, Seoul, September 1997.
Other participants: OC International, YPBI Church
Host: India Missions Association
Other participants: Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Church Growth Research Centre, United World Mission
Host: Southern Asia Concern
Other participants: SERVE Ministries, Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Operation Agape, North East India Baptist Mission Coordination Committee, YWAM
Mark Patterson (left) making some slight hardware adjustments as trainees work on their projects. Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dehra Dun, India, October 1997.
Other participants: New Life Fellowship, CONS Maharashtra
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