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July/August 2020


A First Step for Making the Missional Shift

by Amy Schenkel

In June, the Resonate Global Mission Great Lakes regional team hosted discussions on the book Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw. About a dozen pastors gathered to discuss and dream together about helping churches move from a consumer to a missionary mentality. 

We all agreed that this missional shift is far from easy, that it won’t happen quickly, and that it won’t happen at all without leaders who are intentionally moving us in that direction.

What motivates us to make these changes at all?

We are learning that part of the danger of Jesus’ call is found in being involved in restoring the world from situations that bring tears to our eyes and break the heart of God. Who of us is willing to count the cost and create safe spaces when our neighborhoods are distant from God’s dream and needing restoration? (page 113)

Our heart has to break for what breaks God’s heart. Through listening to the stories of our neighbors, we begin to learn about what “good news” looks like to them, and we hear God’s call to join the Spirit in this work of restoration. For example, when we listen to our neighbors who experience the injustices of racism on a daily basis in the United States, we develop a Christ-like love and compassion that prods us to set aside our discomfort to support movements of justice and reconciliation.

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Resource Spotlight

When Your Summer Mission Trip Is Cancelled

With the current COVID-19 crisis all but ruling out any possible youth mission trips this summer, missionaries and churches have been stretched to find new ways to connect. This is especially true for young people who had their sights set on ministry outside of their area. While you can’t replace the opportunity to serve, here are a few ideas to connect your youth with ministry in another city, culture, or country:
  • Summer Connection: What do your young people and the missionary’s children of similar age enjoy in the summer and how can they share that activity (ice cream, hanging out, beach time) via video call? If they are missing some activities, they can share those too.

  • Photo Swap: Use pictures from your youth group and those of the missionary family to illustrate what fun looks like in summer. Exchange photos by email and post them in your church or on the screen before worship. Read More

Invitation to a Year of Mission and Justice

Right now we are still seeing each other on video calls, but I can't wait for September 2020 and the start of our next 10-month Detroit Cohort.
Who is the young adult that you should be sharing this with?

I'm sharing this with you because I know you serve closely with young adults, and I need your help to get the word out. Would you send me the names of 1-2 young adults who might be interested in applying to Cohort Detroit? We are looking for students who will: 
  • Love Jesus, justice, and mission in a way that honors marginalized voices
  • Learn about ministry, socio-economic justice, and community development alongside a Diverse Cohort of young adults 
  • Relocate to live in Detroit neighborhoods and support our neighbors as we heal from the effects of COVID-19 
  • Gain hands-on practice in urban ministry with some of the most thoughtful non-profits and churches in Detroit, like Grace in Action & CDC
Check out the bios for two of our current local participants, Josh Cook and KJ Pearson. While I know we make plans during these times cautiously, I extend this invitation to a conversation with young adults as they discern their next faithful steps. 

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Volunteers in Service and Resonate Global Mission are Partnering for a Fall Leadership Training Event

Save the Date

October 29, 2020 - Notice the change of date
7-8:30 PM

This will be a virtual event.
We invite your Council to "attend" together.

1st session- Large group format
2nd session- 4 breakouts to choose from
Hoping to see you on the screen.
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