- Leading a missions trip
- Explore your potential
- Church Development
- HIV/AIDS manual
Leading a short-term missions trip? Not sure where to start? We can help!
Eastern Mennonite Missions has created a free resource to help you lead a short-term mission trip from start to finish, from planning through debriefing. With over a century of missions experience, we are committed to helping short-term missions leave a positive long-term impact. This is a wonderful opportunity for your group to both serve well and to grow in discipleship.
In this resource, you’ll find guides for logistics and cultural preparation, devotionals, and debriefing resources to help you plan for not only a good experience, but a life-changing experience that will leave a lasting impact.
We invite you to download this free resource and explore the seven sections. Feel free to tailor fit this material to your group and its dynamics. We’re also available to talk through this resource with you and discuss what might best work in your context; contact Sherrie or call 717 898-2251.
Explore your potential in missions
through a personalized learning experience.
MAP is designed for people who are processing a call to missions but who may not be ready to officially apply. As a personalized, self-directed learning experience, this program will help you explore your gifts, passion, and options for cross-cultural missions as you lay the groundwork for future ministry.
Developed by persons with experience in and passion for cross-cultural missions, the program is self-paced, flexible and practical, with growth focused on the following areas:
Natural Church Development (NCD)
A full-time Natural Church Development consultant at EMM provides resources for churches interested in putting together an action plan to increase congregational health. This service is offered at no charge to congregations within our supporting network.
What makes churches grow?
The Institute for Natural Church Development has conducted extensive worldwide research to discern what makes churches healthy, and from this research has formed a strategy proven to increase the health of churches.
The Natural Church Development tool works by surveying members on how they feel the church is doing in numerous areas. That data corresponds to eight different “quality characteristics”:
- Empowering leadership
- Gift-oriented ministry
- Passionate spirituality
- Inspiring worship services
- Functional structures
- Need-oriented evangelism
- Holistic small groups
- Loving relationships
Results of the survey then provide church leadership the opportunity to see important “big picture” needs for growth. A church group forms to analyze the information, create a plan to address these needs (beginning with the weakest characteristic), and implement the plan.
Natural Church development does not intend to reduce God’s work to a human system, but to help church structures release the Holy Spirit to work more freely in congregational life.
For more information about this service, contact Antonio Ulloa at 717 898-2251.
Since the first printing of this manual approximately 4 million more people have died from AIDS and nearly 7 million have become newly infected around the world. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Asia have the highest infection rates, with many other countries also seeing alarming increases in numbers of people infected. Most of those infected and dying are the most productive individuals in the community.
The church has a vital role to play in stopping the deadly trend of this disease. Church leaders must take the initiative to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To do so, they must have a basic knowledge of: the disease, its modes of transmission, the prevalence in areas where they live and minister, and local resources for testing, counseling, and treatment.
With this knowledge, church leaders can more effectively provide the pastoral care that the entire community needs as it struggles with this devastating disease. This is an opportunity for the church to reach out to the world with the message of Christ’s forgiveness, love, and compassion. As you use this manual, focus on the fact that those affected by HIV/AIDS are people, children of God. They are not the disease. As you come into contact with affected people, continue to ask yourself, “How would Jesus have treated those affected by HIV/AIDS?”
Spanish version also available.