The World Mission Report

Welcome to the World Mission Report archives!  The World Mission Report is a monthly e-publication focused on stories and updates about God's missional activity in the world.  Each month, we are committed to include at least one article about what a KC-area church is doing in local or global mission.  The goal with all of this is to BUILD AWARENESS about the local and global mission work of the big "C" Church in Kansas City and beyond!

  • Entermission's 12 Missional Moves of God in the Western Church Today

    Missional Move #1
    Saved Souls to Saved Wholes

    Summary: Holistic Gospel – Gospel of the Kingdom

    Missional Move #2
    Missions to Mission

    Summary: Missio Dei becoming the center of the local church.

    Missional Move #3
    Missional versus Attractional to Missional and Attractional

    Summary: Genius of the AND

    Missional Move #4
    My Tribe to Every Tribe

    Summary: God’s Global Glory – tracing that theme through the entire Scripture.

    Missional Move #5
    Flashlight to Laser

    Summary: Discovering and defining the unique calling, DNA, and focus of your local church.

    Missional Move #6
    Transactional to Transformational Partnership

    Summary: Partnership development, church to church partnership, partnership with players in every domain of society.

    Missional Move #7
    Relief to Development

    Summary: Understanding the difference between a relief approach versus a development approach. We’ll cover the four phases of community development, vertical vs. horizontal development, moving from co-dependent to sustainable and reproducible, etc.

    Missional Move #8
    Professionals to Full Participation

    Summary: Creating a spectrum of involvement for all levels of commitment and learning to balance the tension between mobilization and impact.

    Missional Move #9
    Church as Institution to Church as Movement

    Summary: How institutional church and church as movement can work together.

    Missional Move #10
    We Can Do It, You Can Help to You Can Do It, We can Help

    Summary: Transforming the local church into a boot camp/training hub for people to own their own decentralized missional efforts.

    Missional Move #11
    Ministry as Volunteerism to Ordination of All Vocations

    Summary: Equipping people to engage the mission of God in everyday life where God has already mobilized them.

    Missional Move #12
    Great Commission to Great Completion

    Summary: Becoming a local church that is strategic about the finish of the Great Commission. We’ll cover overview of viral church planting, capacity building of indigenous church, Apostolically Gifted People Groups, Unreached People Groups, Movement Partnership, Network Partnerships, and more.

    For more information about Entermission and upcoming opportunities to join an 18-month Entermission cohort, please contact Eric Rochester at:

  • Entermission and Participating KC-area Churches

    Twelve missional moves of God have been identified by Rob Wegner and Jack McGruder from Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana. They have packaged their findings into an excellent coaching experience called Entermission.

    Schaun Colin, Pastor of Global Impact at Westside Family in Lenexa, Kansas, recently went through this 18-month coaching experience, and now he is spearheading an Entermission hub in the Kansas City area. This KC-hub has several area churches participating, including Indian Creek Community, Cross Point Community, Community Life, Heartland Community, Woods Chapel United Methodist and Westside Family.

    This edition of the World Mission Report is dedicated to introducing you to Entermission, and giving you an overview of this training course. If you're a church leader who is interested in understanding more about how God is working missionally in our current era, then Entermission is for you. You'll gain understanding about 12 missional movements that are happening in and through the Church today.

    The launch of another KC-hub of Entermission is planned for April 2012, with Indian Creek Community in Olathe, Kansas, as the host church. It is an 18-month commitment that requires you to meet with your group of church leaders for a day and a half every three months. Of course, you'll learn a ton from the course materials, including helpful videos. But you will also gain from the wisdom and experience of your group of 15 to 20 church leaders.

    Please contact Eric Rochester, Director of Global Mission at Indian Creek, if you're interested in participating in the KC-hub of Entermission that will start in April of 2012.

    You can contact Eric at:

  • Spread Some Salt in Tanzania

    By Brooke Hodnefield, Pastor of Missional Life at Atonement Lutheran in Overland Park, Kansas.

    Miwani for Mwanza Mission. Translated from Swahili, this phrase means “Eyeglasses for Mwanza Mission.” In July 2009, a group from Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park traveled to Mwanza, Tanzania to begin building what would eventually be an eye clinic. Mwanza, located in the northwest part of Tanzania, is where our group joined medical missionaries Dr. Dennis and Paula Lofstrom, who work at Nyakato Health Clinic through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. An Ophthalmologist, an EMT, and several doctors and nurses were also among our group of 33 skilled individuals who were able to help at the clinic and provide a make-shift eye clinic. Our youngest participant had her 17th birthday in Tanzania and our oldest member, age 75, was the designated water dude—a key role!

    Brooke Hodnefield    

    One of the critical needs at the health clinic in Mwanza is an eye clinic to serve approximately 200,000 people in the area. Our group was charged not only with supplying the necessary building materials but also the actual construction and building of the eye clinic. Blueprints were mailed to me at the church. That was a frightening day for me!

    We secured the sea container and necessary construction materials, then loaded it at the Home Depot in Overland Park. The sea container went ahead of us in April 2009, three months prior to our trip, but it barely made it there in time! We had seven solid days of work that allowed us to get a great start on building the clinic. Working side-by-side with local Tanzanians, we had the chance to break through the barrier of language. The people of Tanzania have an incredible warmth and spirit that is contagious!  

    The primary reason this was a “success” was the movement of the Spirit in every aspect of our planning and preparation, and throughout our time in Tanzania. Here are a few stats from our trip:

    · 13 Tanzania Travel Team meetings
    · two other church partners: First Lutheran, Iowa, and Christ Unity, Kansas City
    · more than $85,000 of construction materials (including shipping) for an eye clinic
    · two cataract surgeons in Mwanza for a population of 3 million
    · two VBS projects that benefited the mission
    · eight fundraisers took place and eight other ways we received funding
    · more than 1680 pairs of glasses donated

    Three years later, and 34 people are preparing to take an adventure back to Mwanza, Tanzania, in June 2012. For ahandful this will be their second trip, but for most, this is a new experience. We have a more skill-specific group, divided into medical, construction and administrative professionals. Our demographic is even more varied and we have several more young adults along for the ride. We will be completing the construction on the eye clinic (the exterior is completed but the interior needs finishing touches), and utilizing each person’s gifts to the fullest. “Spread Some Salt” is the foundational theme for this particular venture, relying on the passage below as our cornerstone:

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13 & 14

    This will be my second time leading this trip, and I have a new perspective. Obviously I will be doing some things differently this time. But the greatest lesson I took away from our first trip was that there is truly NOTHING that God can’t do. If you get out of the way and let the Spirit guide, you can expect amazing things to happen. It won’t be easy, but you will grow from the experience.

    When I get overwhelmed and almost paralyzed by the vast need in the world, an important mentor gently reminds me of a Mother Theresa quote he loves: “We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful.”

  • Call Her Mama

    Indian Creek Community Church has been blessed by the leadership of Tim Stout, a very talented and creative individual who is also very passionate about bringing the Good News of Jesus to the people of South Africa.  This Good News is not only spoken, but it is demonstrated in various ways...providing food for starving children, developing a community for sustainable mission work, etc.  Each year, Tim takes groups to South Africa to continue the mission partnership in connection with Oceans of Mercy.  Okay, enough words...YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO THAT TIM on "CALL HER MAMA."  You won't regret it.

  • Transforming a Region Through Transformed Goals

    Introduction by Roy Moran, Senior Pastor of Shoal Creek Community Church in Liberty, Missouri.

    Two years ago, two 20-somethings, Derek and Shea Poe, set out from Shoal Creek Community Church in Pleasant Valley, Missouri, on the journey of a lifetime. Shea grew up in the Shoal Creek family. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with her husband Derek, they moved back to Kansas City, where they got this crazy idea to change the world.

    As they were going through their pre-marriage counseling with me,they started to dream of what life could look like on the other side of the pond. Shoal Creek has been in relationships with a few ministries and organizations in South Africa for the past five years. Through these relationships, Derek and Shea were provided the opportunity to leave Kansas City to disciple young people in South Africa.

    Derek and Shea consider Shoal Creek their home and count it a privilege to be the liaison between this Kansas City community and South Africa. Shoal Creek continues to organize and host trips to South Africa to add strength to the existing teams and work there.

    Transforming a Region Through Transformed Goals

    by Derek and Shea Poe

    The past two years have proved to be some of the most exciting times in terms of our involvement in South Africa. With that excitement, comes a daunting question we've had to ask ourselves. What will it take to get past the religious veneer and finally address the countless issues plaguing South Africa?

    After a long journey, who would have thought getting back to what Jesus did, making obedient disciples, would be the answer. We have discovered a way to disciple people that has exponential implications where entire families, communities, villages, provinces, and in the end, nations are being discipled. We are still in the early days in South Africa, but God is on the move.

    A movement can't be done alone. A movement is not one person doing many great things, but many people doing significant, yet small, things. In May of last year we partnered with the TAN (Transform a Nation) Foundation, and David Broodryk began helping us learn the ins and outs of CPM (Church Planting Movements).

    We've applied our learning to everything that we presently do in South Africa. We work in a village located in the Eastern Cape called Bhukwini. For years we had been supporting a child sponsorship program bringing in food parcels on a monthly basis. This proved to be a good thing that fed orphaned children of 60 different families in the community.

    After many years of doing this, we began to realize that this was never going to become a great thing until we were no longer seen as the provider in the community. When we tried to point to God as the provider of the parcels, we in turn always got the praise. We have now revamped our work there to help people in the community begin their own self-sustaining garden through a type of farming called Farming God's Way.

    A local man named Vumile has done some amazing work with the people there. The people of Bhukwini love the fact that they now can show us what they are doing instead of showing up every month for a food parcel. Through this process, we hope to start finding people who are open to spirituality and discovering for themselves who God is.

    These are the types of people through whom the Gospel can be planted and perpetuated. We have learned and seen that only when the bride of Christ is planted within a community will true transformation emerge. The orphans and widows can be cared for from within their own community, a woman's value can be renewed, crime can be reduced, and HIV's destructive path can be detoured.

    Through partnerships with other ministries, the east coast of South Africa has become a huge focus. Most political and spiritual power comes from the Zulu and Xhosa tribes who live in this region. There have been two coalitions of ministries and business leaders who want to see CPM happen in this country. The east coast is ripe for a movement of people who are sick of religion and ready for true transformation in the lives of the people who live here.

    All of this is big-picture information, but the beautiful part of what we do is the stuff that is seemingly small, yet is the most vital part of this whole thing. Watching people actually read the Bible—many for the first time—and realize that this book actually applies to how they live each and every day is incredible.

    In CPM, we use a process called a discovery group where people not only learn to read the Bible but, most importantly, obey the things they are learning. When people say things like, “I didn't realize God created the earth to be good and that we’ve messed that up, this week I will pick up the trash I've been throwing down” and “Through reading this I’ve realized that God is with me all the time. This week I will say I’m sorry for the things I do,” it becomes addicting. And we are so addicted to seeing God transform Southern Africa through many people becoming obedient to His word!

    The exciting thing is that our work in South Africa is just a start. We are a part of a team, composed of different ministries, asking the question of how we can disciple the 15 countries that reside in Southern Africa. One leader from Madagascar has seen a movement begin among the people in the rain forest. The people he reaches out to are isolated and landlocked; not counted by the government. These specific people groups and tribes have never heard the Gospel before. He has seen thousands of churches planted through the discovery-group process over the past few years. Within the next year we hope to begin breaking into some of these countries alongside Xhosa and Zulu leaders emerging from the harvest in South Africa.

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