Resources on Europe
European Mission Blog
Redcliff’s European Mission blog exists to highlight the latest research and news that will help equip people involved in mission, particularly those in Europe:
Resources for Childrens Ministry: 2fish5bread
Here you find resources which may help you in your ministry with kids.
Prayer Space In Schools
"Prayer Spaces In Schools enable children and young people to explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective in a safe, creative and interactive way. A range of flexible resources can be adapted to work for participants aged 5 to 18 bringing an experiential dimension to a variety of subject areas and to pastoral aspects of school life."
This is a Manifest, various spiritual leaders formulated to define and explain what "missional" is.
The Global Charter of Conscience
Freedom of conscience underpins many of the other human rights that we all enjoy. This is why the right to express your belief is enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, this freedom is being marginalised.
The Global Charter of Conscience will bring religious tolerance back to the centre of public debate, and it will help future generations engage freely in the public life of their nation.
The Charter has been drafted by people of many faiths and none, politicians of many persuasions, academics and NGOs, all committed to a partnership on behalf of "freedom of thought, conscience and religion" for people of all faiths and none.
The Charter calls for the cultivation of civility and the construction of a civil public square that maximises freedom for everyone. It provides a vision and framework to help us discuss and resolve our present problems in a constructive, rights-honouring manner. This is long term work but we need to start now.
Nova Research Centre for Mission in Europe
Redcliffe's Nova Research Centre for Mission in Europe produces a quarterly research newsletter called Vista, which usually has a section for resources that will encourage people to live a missional lifestyle:
Survey among young people aged between 15-30 in the European Union
Flash Eurobarometer Series #202 by The Gallup Organization
In January 2007, over 19,000 randomly selected citizens aged between 15 and 30 years were interviewed in the 27 Member States of the European Union.
If you would like to know what young Europeans think about the meaning and future of the European Union, leisure activities and membership of organisations, citizenship of the European Union, political participation in society, employment and unemployment, autonomy and financial resources, click here.
Book: Neighbours, Transform Your Street!
by:Rebekah Brettle, Lyndall Bywater
available for example from amazon.
Connecting the needs of our immediate neighbours with the Living God, through the power of neighbourly care and prayer, is the heart of this amazing book. These pages are bursting with information from different prayer and community initiatives around The United Kingdom. Full of fascinating facts and testimonies, this is a fantastic resource on how local churches can engage with local streets and draw closer to Jesus in the process. Prayer is the most powerful way we can bring change to the broken lives and our neighbours on our streets. This book helps the reader to start praying for their neighbours, and then their street, to see our entire nation covered in life transforming prayer! Major church prayer resource with contributions from: The Neighbourhood Prayer Network, The Order of St Leonard, The National Day of Prayer, Rev. Canon J. John, Christians Against Poverty, The Eden Network, Tearfund, Samaritans Purse, Street Pastors, Street Angels, United Christian Broadcasters, Sporting Marvels, Saltbox and much more!
Book: Sharing Lives: Overcoming Our Fear of Islam
by: Bert de Ruiter
available for example from Amazon.
This book argues that the single greatest hindrance to Christian witness amongst Muslims in Europe is fear. Many European Christians fear that Europe will gradually turn into Eurabia, or Islamic domination of Europe, and they ignore the efforts of Muslims to adapt to the European context, a situation pointing to a future scenario of Euro-Islam, or Islam being Europeanized. The author argues that instead of an attitude of fear, which leads to exclusion, Christians should develop an attitude of grace, which leads to embrace. After analyzing books and courses developed to help Christians relate to Muslims, he concludes that these mostly concentrate on providing information and skills, instead of dealing with one’s attitude. Because of this the author developed a short course to help Christians overcome their fear of Islam and Muslims and to encourage Christians to share their lives with Muslims and to share the truth of the Gospel.
Book: When You Cross Cultures - Vital Issues Facing Christian Missions
by: Jim Chew
free download: World Evangelical Alliance
This book brings with it the author’s wealth of experience both from having lived as a cross-cultural missionary as well as one who is to this day coaching and mentoring cross-cultural missionaries across Asia. The numerous personal stories and that of Jim’s friends and colleagues are a reflection of this. The unique contribution of this book is that it is written by an Asian, from an Asian perspective, with Asian experience, narrating stories and addressing issues of missions in the Asian world. Jim spells out the issues and dilemmas on the mission field and brings a biblical perspective to it. With real life case studies and practical suggestions, Jim brings us into the living room of the mission field. He takes away the mystery of going to the mission field and plants our feet firmly on the ground. Although Jim has written the book for missions and church leaders and prospective missionaries it is also relevant to all of us. Today, in many of the countries we live in, cross-cultural missions is at our doorstep.
Book: Europe - Restoring Hope
"I can really recommend Meroff's new book! Lots of moving and heartbreaking stories, many facts and good links on Europe which make me hungry to ask God to once again touch our continent of Europe. He can do it again! There is hope for Europe!" Evi Rodemann, Director of Mission-Net
Book: Can it be Me? A Inspiring Insight into an Extraordinary Life
Book: A Place Prepared
This book has all the ingredients of a great adventure--an amazing journey across 13,000 miles of inhospitable terrain of Western Africa in a Model T Ford, encounters with evil powers, triumph and defeat, sacrifice and sorrow, suffering and healing, laughter and tears.
It is the story of Tigite, who waited eleven years for the fulfillment of a promise, Stanley and Alice Bennington, who sacrificed much to bring the Gospel to the Lobi people of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), and Jeremy and Rachel Nash, who have served the Lord with great love and compassion among the Dagari people of Burkina Faso.
A powerful story of how God leads, provides, protects and sustains when people step out in faith and obey His leading.
Book: When Helping Hurts - Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself
This is an excellent book which looks at biblical principles for helping the poor, whilst at the same time being very practical. It describes some of the ways that well-meaning people have done more harm than good as they've sought to help the poor.
This book encourages you to look at your own spiritual poverty, and recognise that before the cross we are all nothing. When finding solutions we must do it with people and not for or to people. We must come in humility, knowing we don't have all the answers.