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How can we launch a movement?

Posted on: February 13th, 2017 by Cru in the MidSouth

As we begin to learn about ethnic minority communities God will often open our eyes to the possibilities of a Win-Build-Send movement within that context.  We might wonder what strategy would the silver bullet.  In truth there are many ways to skin the proverbial cat and the most important detail is the working of the Holy Spirit.  Here’s a list of 20 different launching strategies  people have used to try launching an EFM movement.  Let me know if you have thoughts or questions I can help with as you launch.  Remember that launching movements isn’t like instant grits.  Usually it takes some time and stirring to get the finished product. Most importantly remember that launching a movement is ultimately a work of the Lord and we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit in in for there to be any life there.

Engaging with Black History Month

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 by Cru in the MidSouth
This month there are tons of ready made opportunities on your campuses to engage in cross cultural learning.  While there are different opinions on the efficacy of Black History Month it is a wonderful time to see history from a different historical perspective and learn to see the image of God on display in other people groups.  I want to encourage you to make use of the events put on by the university or by other student groups.  Many schools will have amazing historic speakers this month that we miss out on because we were too busy putting together a Valentine’s day outreach.  Keep the Valentine’s day outreach but realize this could be a great season to communicate  worth and value to a part of the student body that often feels marginalized.  Is there an event you might go to as a staff team?  What might it look like to expose your discipleship group to a cross cultural learning experience this month?  If you have questions or want some suggestions for next steps, let me know. ~Clyde Comer

Tracing Your Journey

Posted on: January 29th, 2017 by Cru in the MidSouth

Rick Hove, former Duke MTL and current Faculty Commons Exec Director, recently passed this set of articles from Otis Pickett along to me on Race and the American Church.  Otis, a Clemson grad from Charleston and current history professor, does an amazing job of tracing his journey, as a white man, of understanding the areas of race and ethnicity, as well as the role the church has played in these realities.  I think you’ll find it enlightening.

Want to start the conversation?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by Cru in the MidSouth

Sometimes, it can be tough to know how to begin a conversation with someone of a different ethnicity.  We want to broach the subject, but fear of saying the wrong thing keeps us from delving into and understanding cultural differences.  Here’s a quick funny video that shows how not to begin the conversation and here’s a little longer video that gives some practical thoughts on why we it’s important to engage in the conversations even though they can be tough.  The important things in life are rarely easy but always worth the effort. I pray that each of us take steps of faith to have more cross cultural learning conversations this year. Let me know if I can help.  ~Clyde Comer

What should I do next?

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

A number of folks asked what were next steps they could take in learning about cross cultural ministry after hearing Jimmy McGee at staff conference.  I’ve put together a number of different resources in this EFM Campus Team Folder.  A good first place to start could be this list of Helpful Links & Books.  I hope you find this helpful.

The election is over so why all the fuss?

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

Julian Carter shared this blog post with me last week, in the wake of the election. It does a great job of explaining some of what people of color are experiencing and feeling these days, as well as steps one can take to understand the fears many are expressing. It would be worth your time to take 5 minutes to read it.

Got Contextualization Questions?

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

This message by Tim Keller gives thoughtful answers to the why and how of contextualization. The full series of three talks by Keller, (unimaginatively labeled as Talk 1, Talk 2 and Talk 3) can be found here. Enjoy.

Living It Out

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

Wondering what it looks like to live out Micah 6:8 in our nation? Check out this statement from the president of a national police organization in addressing the history of policing.

Where To Begin

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

I know that your job is tough and complex as you trust God to use you in reaching the scope with which you have been entrusted.  Looking at the new MTL job description could seem daunting when viewed from what we can do in our own power, though not in light of the Holy Spirit empowering us.  

One thing that has seemed overwhelming to some is the cross cultural/EFM components of the new job description.  I have highlighted those components in red in the above copy link.  While I can’t remove things from your job description, I can do my best to make it as easy as possible for you to meet those objectives.  To that end, I want to start a new process of giving you simple steps you can take with your team that will help you move forward in reaching those of other cultures on your campuses. (read more)

Walk Humbly

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Cru in the MidSouth

In the midst of racial strife in our country, what does it look like as missionaries to walk humbly with our God.  This is the third requirement of Micah 6:8 I want to explore with you.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about some initial thoughts on how we as missionaries can respond to recent events in our nation.  Over the last couple of weeks I looked at the first two requirements in Micah 6:8 to do justice and love mercy.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  [Mic 6:8 ESV]

The last area of right living for the people of God that Micah points out is walking humbly with your God.

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