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Posted on September 27, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions, Prayer
Quick! Pick one:
____ Could your church send out families on mission for a few days next summer?
____ Does your church need to have some help for a few days next summer?
 
Planning is underway for CABA churches to send while others receive. The Youth Evangelism Study Team learned that children and teens follow their parent’s example. Why not raise the bar with a mission trip?
 
CABA’s 2021 Week of Prayer has a goal of $10,000 to provide training materials and some evangelistic resources for parents, children, and teens to receive training and then link up with a church in need. Unlike some mission trips, families on mission are to sleep in their own beds!
 
CABA churches are challenged this year to raise $10,000 for the Ann Dunn/Joanne Hopkins Mission Offering. The contributions are to be designed to support mission trips to the Cincinnati Area.
 
CABA’s Week of Prayer resources are undated, but we recommend October 17-23, 2021.
 
So, would your family take a mission trip to the Cincinnati Area? What projects are needed in your church? Call Charity at CABA to register! (513) 724-8172 or email CABAoffice@gmail.com.
 
Give generously this year to the Dunn/Hopkins Offering so that churches can send while others can receive to the glory of God!
Posted on September 20, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
The 2nd Day of the Evangelical Missiological Society's Annual Conf was no less helpful and challenging, too! Here's another 10 ideas from my notes.
1.       "New Homiletics" is facilitating an experienced event. It's no longer just transmission of cognition.
2.       90% of Muslims & Hindus do not have a Christian friend.
3.       There are more followers of Jesus in the Rest than the West.
4.       Asian religions (Islam & Hinduism especially) integrate multiple levels of life; not just knowledge as in Christianity.
5.       Global percentage of Christianity in 1910 was 34%. In 2021, it was 32.3%.
6.       In 1990, 82% of Christianity was in the Global North. In 2020, 67% percent of Christianity is in the Global South (factoring in China.)
7.       The languages of Christianity globally is 16% Spanish, 10% English, 8% Portuguese, 5% Russian, and 3% Chinese.
8.       In America in the 1800s, Christians published a Slave Bible that was 1/3 of the Bible. It removed all references to freedom and included all verses related to slavery. It was produced for slaves to obey their masters.
9.       To Blacks, the most powerful Bible story connecting missions and theology is Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan. Many view it as the crux of African-American life. They relate deeply.
10.  The arts is the language of worship through expressions. Songs and oral proclamation, yes, but also learning games, thought-provoking riddles, relevant to topic meals, planned and spontaneous dance, casual and formal visual arts, chants, poems, wearing symbolic jewelry, expressive deaf songs, witty proverbs, and video (highly visual) Scripture readings. Merge the digital with the oral = digitoral.
 
Posted on September 17, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
Part 1 of 2: Ten Ideas in Missions
Heading into a 2-day annual meeting for the Evangelical Missiological Society. There are about 100 presenters and eight tracks. The conference is 11 am to 9:30 p.m. .via Zoom. I was honored to present "Orality in the West" in the Orality Track. Some tips and reactions from Day 1:
1.       Listening in dialogue allows the teacher to know the spiritual progress of those they're discipling.
2.       OT writers intended Scripture to be read. If you want a good "verbal" translation use the Voice Translation. Listen to Scripture more.
3.       Students get excited about Harry Potter and the Avengers because they don't know the story of the Bible. The Metanarrative puts Scripture in the bigger context. Students at Liberty U actually get ANGRY that they have never been taught the big picture of the Bible.
4.       Our relationships (including with God) shape our understanding of reality. The language and words we use are strong identity markers.
5.       We learn through our senses and emotions etch memories, including bad ones. Scripture is full of motion -- lift up your hands, if you have ears to hear, dance before the Lord, demonstrate your excitement, display scripture on doorposts, faith in action/behaviors/ministry, etc.
6.       Evangelical Whites in the U.S. see immigrants as (1) changing America, (2) 90% want more restrictive policies, and (3) support family separation at the borders. Most churches in the U.S. lack friendship and partnership with immigrants.
7.       When you give money for work among immigrants, you foster a "health & wealth" gospel. How can God's Story become part of an immigrant's story? When it becomes the community's story.
8.       To change culture, change their stories.
9.       The West says, "Seeing is believing." Israelis say, "Hearing is believing."
10.  Missions shouldn't just be a church strategy, but a lifestyle that shapes our lens through which our world is experienced.
 
-- Mark Snowden is the director of missional leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association
 
Posted on September 7, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
In the book, T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution, Ying Kai, the co-author with Steve Smith, told what happened when he was an IMB missionary serving in a large Asian city. It’s adapted here for clarity:
 
Every morning, Ying went to a local restaurant and ordered a bowl of soy milk and a donut for breakfast. He was always asked, “Do you want an egg in it?” And Ying always said, “No,” because it cost extra.
 
One day, Ying went with Grace, his wife, to a new restaurant. As usual, he ordered the bowl of soy milk and a donut. However, this time the owner, who was very busy asked, “One egg or two?” Ying said, “One.”
 
When he returned to the table with his wife, she asked him, “Why did you get an egg today?”
 
“Oh!” he said. “Today he did not ask me ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but just ‘one’ or ‘two.’ So I said, “One!”
 
Ying watched the owner. He always asked people “one or two eggs?” Nobody told him “No!”
 
Ying credited God for showing him this truth. He said, “Yes, I am sharing the gospel and it is a good thing. Why do I need to ask their permission? I need to just give it to them.”
 
He began to change his approach. Rather than ask permission, Ying began asking, “Do you want to hear how I was a bad person?” They always would agree and he’d lead them to faith in Jesus.
 
Not only did they become believers, but they started small groups that became churches. Within four years, Ying and Grace helped to start 400+ new churches with thousands of newly baptized believers.
 
So, when can we talk about training your church in witnessing and church planting?
 
-- Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership, Cincinnati Area Baptist Association
Posted on August 17, 2021 8:00 AM by Oliver Hawkins
Categories: Missions
It is easy to come up with slogans and goals, but there is value in setting goals and working to achieve them. In the next four years, the hope, prayer, and goal at the Send Network is to work with churches and our partners to see some great things happen. We hope to add 5,000 new churches to our Southern Baptist family, giving us more than 50,000 churches. When we imagine together adding 5,000 churches to our Southern Baptist family by the end of the year 2025, we know this means that we need to add 1,250 churches each year to our family. How will we do this?
 
Our goal of adding 1,250 churches annually will look something like this, 600 new churches planted annually across the US and Canada, 100 new campuses identified or added by our multi-site churches annually, 350 new churches affiliating with us annually. What does all this mean? It means that working together we can enlarge the footprint of the areas where we as Southern Baptist are taking the Gospel to the lost. If the Lord continues to bless, by 2030 one-third of all SBC churches will have been planted since 2010. Your church already plays an important role in this vision by your gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter offering.
 
Thank you for your support! If you would like to explore how your church could be more involved in church planting, there are so many ways to get involved. CABA offers the No Place Left training that will train your members in evangelism as well as start them thinking about ways to reach their neighbors with the gospel which is what church planting is all about. We can help your church set up a residency to train potential church planters using the multiplication pipeline as a tool to help train leaders, some of which may become church planters. Your church could become a Sending church for a church planter or a partnering church by agreeing to pray for and help a church planter as the Lord leads.
 
Church planting is not all of the answers to how we reach our city and region with the gospel, but it is a great part of the answer. We need more churches in strategic areas and with your help, the 2025 Vision can be a reality.
 
Oliver Hawkins serves as NAMB's Church Planting Catalyst for the Cincinnati area. 
Posted on August 3, 2021 8:00 AM by Jason McKinney
Categories: Evangelism, Missions
If you want to brighten Mark Snowden’s day, ask him about orality and methods. He’s passionate, experienced, and knowledgeable. The insight is worthwhile, as storying is becoming a lost ability of the church. Sadly, we’ve been moving away from sharing stories overall.
 
Perhaps you’ve heard the adage that vision is a leaky bucket? Well, story-telling is an incredible patch for leaks. Many in the church are apprehensive of sharing the gospel because they don’t have habits of talking about or through the gospel. Similarly, many don’t have rhythms of gospel sharing because we don’t foster a culture of celebrating such gospel sharing.
 
This point is where story-telling brings change for effect. If we cultivate sharing stories of God at work, especially in lives changed, we fuel a passion for participation in His work. Stories lead people to see the God of the Bible working today as He did then. Stories lead people to desire to experience such work. Stories move the heart and challenge the mind. And overcome inhibition. Stories of movement fuel movement. Let’s reclaim the art of storytelling.
 
Let’s foster a culture of sharing stories about God at work!
 
--Jason McKinney pastors One Church and is CABA's Church Planting Coach
Posted on July 1, 2021 8:30 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
A lot of mission trips are being planned for the summer. Here are a few tips:
 
:: Do it at home to do it on mission. If you’re not going to do it here, you will struggle to do it there.
 
:: Multiply by using reproducible methods. Think Bible Storying instead of curriculum.
 
:: Draw an illustration with a marker or stick in the dirt rather than slick teaching pictures to be reproducible.
 
:: Don’t give them stuff they can’t afford to replace or repair. :: Prepare at home first and not on the fly.
 
:: Invite believers where you serve to join your church on mission projects back home.
 
:: Don’t leave a new believer alone until discipling is established. Remember you can always use Zoom.
 
:: Avoid evangelizing just to get a yes and walk away. Be a disciple-maker of disciple-makers.
 
--Mark Snowden has led many volunteer mission teams, his last one to South Asia in August 2021. He is the director of missional leadership, CABA
Posted on July 1, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
All CABA churches should be working toward becoming a sending church. Three CABA pastors and I have been in touch with a church planter in South Asia for the past year. We haven’t been able to travel, so we have met monthly via Zoom.
 
There are other creative ways to serve on mission, too. A deaf interpreter at FBC Seaman, where Boyd Lacy pastors, has spent the last six months discipling a new believer who is deaf via Zoom and now he is teaching the same lessons back to her.
 
More than a dozen church planters are active in the Cincinnati Area! They would love to hear from you and connect. What should you be looking for when you connect with a missionary church planter? Here are a few ideas:
:: Some orientation to the missiology and strategy driving the work
:: Advice for mobilizing more workers once back home
:: If this is a second trip or more, then connect with a local church planter for follow-up monthly via Zoom.
 
Contact me if you’re in a church with limited resources and want to collaborate with another church to be on mission. I’ll be glad to train your trainers or connect you!
 
--Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership, CABA
Posted on June 10, 2021 8:00 AM by Oliver Hawkins
Categories: Missions
        An observation I have made over the years is that God opens doors or provides opportunities and leaves it up to us as His followers to take advantage of those 
opportunities. Working with different ethnic groups to plant churches has reinforced that truth to me. 
     Ten years ago, the extent of ethnic church planting in Cincinnati was primarily Korean and some Hispanic churches planted. In recent years, the Lord has 
blessed with seven Bhutanese/Nepali Church plants, several planters from Ghana, one from Nigeria, one from Jordan and most recently the Lord has opened 
the floodgates with planters from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC).
     One planter from the DROC has already been approved to plant and has secured a building to meet in. He preaches in French but provides translation for those that need it. Two other planters from the DROC are in the early stages of partnering to become Southern Baptist Church planters. The Lord opens doors and blesses when we are willing to step through.
     Some ethnic groups we are praying to reach with new churches are Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Russian speaking as well as more Hispanic churches. 
     We desperately need to plant more Hispanic Churches which is our fastest growing ethnic group. 
     Pray with me that we will see more church planters both raised up locally and be brought to our area to plant churches. Thank you for your support of the 
Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering which supports these church planters and their ministries.
 
--Oliver Hawkins serves as church planting catalyst, NAMB
Posted on May 18, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
     The latest technology reports are in and purchases of mobile phones and apps are at all-time highs. Apple is the most alluring thing since the Garden of Eden. There’s not a bite out of the side of that logo for nothing.
     But the latest relationship reports are also in and countries with the most technology are finding that isolationism is at all-time highs. Cocooning is not the half of it. Those that do emerge find that they no longer fit easily into any single group. Their BFFs aren’t really. Some show up merely because they are societal outcasts, looking for what is offered and hoping it is less painful than what they’ve endured. Social distancing has changed churches’ playing fields.
     Believers are getting creative to actually walk among the lost. We look for persons of peace; people-linkers that actually know folks. Forming small groups is not an automatic with those who would prefer talking with their thumbs or showing up for online church cloaked as an avatar. Those that do gather find that they are increasingly involving the disconnected.
     Forming small groups across the Cincinnati Area post-Covid just may become non-traditional networks of dissimilar people. Pastors and those working with small groups get excited to see grandmas and punkers and immigrants and jocks interacting side-by-side. Mingling is one thing. Disciple-making is something else.
     The late Jim Slack, an IMB missiologist, liked to say, “Worldview resides in the idiom of the heart language.” Making disciples at their heart level by using their language is critical. That doesn’t mean base talk, but relating where they are on their spiritual development level. 
     Jesus never shirked diversity. Paul urged Ephesians to be alert. Every slice of life is an opportunity to raise up and release believers out into their relational networking as disciple-makers for Christ.
 
Mark Snowden is the director for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association. 
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