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Foresight to Navigate the Chaos of 21st Century Context

Dr. Samuel Ka-Chieng Law, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Singapore Bible College


“Foresight to Navigate the Chaos of 21st Century Contexts: The Methodology, Metaphors, and Mazeways of Complex Systems Science for Mission Studies and Research”


Mission studies and research exist to equip the Church to cross geographic and cultural boundaries. To do this well, mission research must increasingly become adept at navigating the rapidly enveloping temporal boundaries of change and continuously evolving systems of globalized and urbanized human social networks that characterize 21st-century contexts. Desperately needed foresight has to develop in constantly changing, complex, and chaotic contexts that are compounded by exponentially increasing amounts of data and numbers of variables that arise from ever-growing connections and nodes. This webinar explains how such foresight requires adaptation to the methods and metaphors of Complex Systems Science (CSS).  An overview of this already emerging paradigm shift will be provided, along with its relevance to, and implications and applications for, mission studies and research.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/208321828 using the pass word: fs2kncclcc


Creating Infographics: Cultural and Technological Considerations

For GMI Associates and other GMI friends involved in mission promotion and mobilization


Drawing on his experience leading a recent infographics workshop in Nigeria, Stan Nussbaum sketches six types of “infographics,” from basic to highly sophisticated. The six are:  Quote, Springboard, Template, Cut-down, Big data/complex issue, and Interactive. The first four types are much easier than the last two, and they may be within reach for people who do not think they can do “infographics” at all.


Most of the webinar will be a discussion among the participants about the contexts where they are trying to do mission promotion, how they are doing it now, whether they are using any infographics, and whether any of the input above may open some new prospects for them. The smaller the group, the more opportunity there will be to discuss particular situations and needs.


Time permitting, we may look in the “Library” of infographics at www.missiographics.org. Stan has been involved in creating and/or editing many of these. Participants are encouraged to browse the “Library” before the webinar to get an idea of the types of graphics GMI produces and the process GMI uses; however, those infographics are more complex than most of the types we will be discussing in the webinar.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/194549907 using the password: cstncaatscs



40 Places You Need to Know About


Join Justin Long who has been involved in missions research for over 20 years, starting with his involvement in the World Christian Encyclopedia He is presently Director of Global Research for Beyond a 30-year-old mission that sends tems to the unreached to start movements to Christ.


There are 825 provinces in the world estimated to be less than 5% Christian. Over 2.7 billion people live in these areas. About 1.9 billion people live in just 40 of them—that’s almost 40% of all non-Christians in the world. Making a difference in any single one of these provinces would significantly “tip the task remaining.


In this webinar, Justin Long—the author of ;">Missiographics 1.0—will explore the methodology of the research behind this list, show you the map, and explore some of the provinces on this list.


In a rapidly changing world we need simple ways to stay on top of the important issues impacting global missions. Infographics provide a tool to help us stay connected to key concepts and data. Come learn more about GMI’s Missiographics, eye-opening infographics that tell the story of global mission.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/193956043 using the password: jl4p0lntkuo



Mission Research Themes from the October 3-7 World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission Panama 2016 Consultation on Polycentric Mission [J. Nelson Jennings]


During the October 3-7 World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission Consultation in Panama, mission research topics were discussed on multiple occasions by a wide range of consultation participants. Practitioners and researchers alike took part in those fruitful discussions.


Webinar Topics

  • Does the "Unreached People Groups" concept need to be updated? If so, how?
  • What are some implications of global databases being housed in the U.S.?
  • What kind of local and regional research projects are underway?
  • How can mission practitioners and mission researchers best collaborate?
  • How can non-researchers find accessible data?


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/190135327 using the password: awsesaoocainaatmeas


The Calling of the Knowledge Steward

The Calling of the Knowledge Steward Webinar


Christians are called to be good stewards of time, talents, and treasures. Jon Hirst also urges believers to steward knowledge, an abundant resource few of us handle well.


“There have been plenty of books and sermons telling Christians what to think,” says Hirst. “We need to explore how to think, and how to steward the knowledge we have to reach more people for Christ.”


Join author Jon Hirst in this webinar that explores stewarding knowledge.

Webinar Topics

  • Understand the meaning and power of knowledge stewardship.
  • Consider Christian leaders who proactively steward knowledge today, as well as ancient stewards found in the Bible.
  • Look at the spiritual disciplines of the knowledge steward.
  • Discover the daily practices that knowledge stewards employ.
  • Be challenged to wade in where others fear to go, to master information and use it to address some of the important challenges we face.

Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/188159571 using the password: kjshnwpnt


Help Those You Lead Respond to the Refugee Crisis


There are a million opinions about refugees and immigrants, but what does God say? And equally as important, what does God want believers to do? This webinar will interview Dean Merrill, author with Patrick Johnstone of Serving God in a Migrant Crisis. Dean has helped bring Patrick’s thinking to life in a powerful way through this book. This interview will pull out useful things you can coach others to do as they seek to engage with refugees and migrants. The goal will be to prepare you to empower others in this important ministry. Jon Hirst, Publisher of GMIBooks, will interview Dean and then facilitate questions.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/185981636


Crossing Cultures with Ruth

Crossing Cultures with Ruth (CCwR) is a synthesis of research, Bible study and training exercises for cross-cultural ministry. Join author James Nelson in a webinar on lessons from the only Bible book that focuses on the beginning experiences of someone entering a new culture to serve others.

Who is Crossing Cultures with Ruth for?

The CCwR book, study guide and webinar are for prospective, new and veteran cross-cultural missionaries from any culture. They are also for those who facilitate their work—especially trainers, mobilizers, mission pastors and member care workers. Bible teachers and mission professors will also find Crossing Cultures with Ruth valuable for the classroom.

The material can serve as preparation for using the book of Ruth in a series of devotions for mission conferences, agency devotions or missional sermons.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/184365704 using the password: cjcmwnrisc


Ministry Evaluation Toolbox

Celebrate and sharpen your ministry’s impact through effective evaluation. Learn how to use four practical tools for evaluation (with minimal jargon). Discover how to meet the needs (and calm the fears) of funders, board and field leaders. Understand the essential building blocks of evaluation and the elements ministries should commit to doing in house. Take home a white paper to refer to and share as you evaluate.

With a background in quantitative and qualitative marketing research, James Nelson has served with GMI since 2002. He currently directs GMI’s Research Services group, consulting with mission organizations, designing and conducting evaluations, and training international workers. He has conducted effectiveness and evaluation projects for mobilization, pastoral training, aviation, church-planting and community health ministries.  He has served in field roles in Russia and Southeast Asia.


This is a Missio Nexus webinar and it is only available to Missio Nexus members.


Dive Deeper
into Your Favorite Missiographics

In a rapidly changing world we need simple ways to stay on top of the important issues impacting global mission. Infographics provide a tool to help us stay connected to key concepts and data. Come learn about GMI’s Missiographics, eye-opening infographics that tell the story of global mission. You will hear from Dr. Gilles Gravelle as he shares some of his latest analysis from Missiographics 2.0, a book of GMI’s infographics. He will provide further analysis and insight on key issues such as immigration, unreached people groups, pandemics, missionary effectiveness and much more.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/171429994 using the password: idmigdufm

Mapping a path to helpful feedback

Mission organizations and ministries often have extremely complex programs...which when combined with small budgets and overworked staff, make it difficult to even consider evaluation and feedback systems.  Outcome mapping is a practical and proven approach used by complex international development organizations to think through their program structure and goals and define clear and useful outcomes and indicators.  This webinar will provide a practical overview of this approach with examples of how it has been used for two ministries and provide useful tools and links to additional resources.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/165014742 using the password: m5a1p2t0h1f6m

Evaluating the Quality of Change


For decades, mission agencies have relied on numerical data to demonstrate success and effectiveness. Impact is measured by counting. Outcomes are things, so it has been natural to count things, e.g. churches planted, people baptized, audio recordings distributed, and New Testaments completed. Good! However, donors are beginning to ask, “What has changed as a result of all of those things?” That is a question of quality. Impact is lives improved, values attained, problems solved, and situations reversed.
This Webinar will discuss the shift from numerical indicators, anecdotes and one-off stories to evaluations that document change because of the outputs—the things produced.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/160767495 using the password: ceq29316eqc

Measure the Difference You Make: Quantitative
Methods in Evaluation

When gathering evidence of impact, numbers can tell a powerful story--one highly valued by staff and donors alike. Some leaders are unsure about how to quantify the results of ministry. Others, recalling grad school, fear the cost and time of "doing research right." Quantitative methods don't have to be intimidating or expensive. But they do require intentional action. A little knowledge can help, too. Join James Nelson for a fast-paced, half hour of practical ideas that staff can apply and donors can appreciate. Among other things, we'll touch on useful measures in evaluation, how Google makes rural fieldwork easier, and how anyone can do basic significance testing in Excel.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/158195486 using the password: dmm8meq3

Kingdom Values that Guide Evaluation 1

As GMI develops our Evaluation Services we are committed to reflecting God’s Kingdom in our ministry. This is demonstrated through the kingdom values of changemystery, and unity. Normally change receives most of the attention in secular evaluation theory and practice, however at GMI we are committed to keeping all three in healthy tension. In this webinar Stan will explain how the GMI team developed a list of nine evaluation values and then condensed them into these three Kingdom values. He will invite discussion of their biblical basis, their theological adequacy as a set of values, their cross-cultural flexibility, and some practical ways we could communicate them as we serve people and organizations.


Watch it now at https://vimeo.com/154783849 using the password: kvtge1egtvk