A Tribute to Viggio Søgaard

This spring, Larry and Stephanie Kraft traveled to Thailand to teach a course on mission research. The Krafts involvement in this training is intertwined with a fascinating story about Dr. Viggo Søgaard, a respected Danish professor and communication consultant. This story highlights the surprising ways God uses to move us on in ministry. Here is the story, shared in Stephanie’s words.

"Prayer Release" for the 8th Lausanne International Researchers' Conference

The Lausanne Movement, The Movement of African National Initiatives, the WEA-MC Community of Mission Information Workers, and OC International are jointly supporting the 8th Lausanne International Researchers’ Conference, which will be held 30 April through 4 May 2018 near Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of this gathering is "Research that Guides Kingdom Impact" and its purpose is to connect influencers and ideas as they relate to church research for global mission. Presentations will focus on research to help the church increase its effectiveness in working toward the Lausanne Fourfold Vision of the Gospel for every person, an evangelical church for every people, Christ-like leaders for every church and Kingdom impact in every sphere of society.

    Would you please pray for the conference's 100+ registered participants and its thirty-five presenters?

Intercede for the many who are still waiting on the Lord for adequate funding to attend. Ask the Lord to bless this time with health and safety, fresh ideas, loving interactions, and new and renewed callings into ministries of church and mission information work.


OC Research LINK - SPRING 2018

What is God doing through the OC Global Alliance? Each year all teams that make up the OC Global Alliance report on their past year’s ministry. This issue of Research LINK shares seven highlights from 2017 and focuses on seven long-term trends. You will certainly be encouraged by reading this summary of how God is at work within the OC Global Alliance. Click here to view of this issue of Research Link.

First-of-its-kind Global Study of National Church Planting Processes

In 2017, a key partner requested the assistance of the Global Research Team to evaluate the effectiveness of National Church Planting Processes on a global scale. An online survey was used, and over 110 workers with significant experience participated. This report introduces the major findings of the study and highlights new insights pertinent to advancing national church planting processes around the world. This first-of-its-kind report is available here. A second report, available here, focuses on the vital role of national leadership in advancing national church planting processes. Other NCPP articles are available here.

Research Uncovers Remarkable Insights about Sub-Saharan Africans Going North

In 2016 the North Africa Disciple Making Movements Partnership asked the Global Research Team to help them gather information about Sub-Saharan Africans who moved to North Africa. This research sought to discover: What would be the best means for Sub-Saharan Africans to gain access to reside in North Africa so they could begin Disciple Making Movements?

Five workers in three North African countries interviewed 92 Sub-Saharan Africans, 57 of whom were followers of Jesus. The results of those interviews were entered into an online survey and subsequently analyzed.

The most common motivations to go North were to earn additional income, get a better job, and facilitate immigration. For students and recent graduates, their choice to go North was tied to scholarships, quality education programs, or receiving a good job offer. Only four respondents moved North because they felt a calling or desire to serve in North Africa. Read on for other remarkable insights about living in North Africa.


Finding Fruitful Discipleship Practices

Within OC we champion the idea that “Every ministry needs research.” This study from North Africa shows how partners are using evaluative research to improve their discipleship practices.

Fruitful Discipleship Practices research focuses on programs led by Arabs, especially Muslim background believers, in about ten countries, ranging from those facing great challenges to those leading fruitful discipleship movements. This research seeks to identify fruitful discipleship practices that lead to the successful planting of house churches across the North Africa and the Middle East. Three distinct groups are surveyed: leaders of training programs, leaders of discipleship groups, and disciples, when possible, to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. Surveys were developed in English and translated into Arabic and French. Data is being collected primarily by field workers. The information gathered is either directly entered into web-based surveys when secure internet connections are available or recorded on paper forms for later data entry when a secure link is available. The participating ministries will use the findings of this evaluative research to improve the fruitfulness of the discipleship training component of their church planting ministries.

Research that Guides Kingdom Impact Conference

The Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI) has invited the Lausanne International Researchers’ Network to Nairobi Kenya for the 8th Lausanne International Researchers’ Conference, 30 April through 4 May 2018.

The theme of this gathering is Research that Guides Kingdom Impact. Its purpose is to connect influencers and ideas as they relate to church research for global mission. It is designed to serve you, especially if you are:

  • An early-career researcher with a passion to learn new research methods, and share findings;
  • A leader in a mission agency keen to understand and act strategically on research results;
  • A Christian researcher with important findings to disseminate;
  • A member of a denominational Research Department;
  • A Christian involved in research wanting to meet others who do the same.

For more information about the 8th Lausanne International Researchers' Conference, visit the conference website at globalCMIW.org/LIRN.

"One of the best analyses of prayer I have ever seen..."

In the fall of 2016 the Global Research Team undertook an ambitious project at the request Vision Synergy and SRG to discover and document the state of prayer movements focused on the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The study's purposes were to identify ways to increase prayer for the region, identify effective prayer approaches, and learn more about those who are leading and engaging in MENA-focused prayer. A prayer coordinator for Wycliffe called this "one of the best analyses of prayer I have ever seen."

This study of MENA prayer has many more insights! Click here to review the Executive Summary.

Research LINK Summer 2017

The Summer edition of Research LINK focuses on the recent GMI grant of the Breakthrough Mentoring Suite to One Challenge and the creation of a Directory of Christian Organizations for Colorado Springs. We also share two thought provoking quotes from our colleagues at Global Mapping International, which closed its doors as of June 30, 2017 after 34 years of ministry. The Research Mentoring tab tells more about the how One Challenge is using Breakthrough Mentoring Suite.
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One Challenge Becomes Steward of GMI Breakthrough Mentoring Suite

One Challenge is thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient of Global Mapping International's Breakthough Mentoring Suite, which includes the GMI Fellowship Program and research mentoring materials.

The Breakthrough Mentoring Suite provides a well defined, time proven process that empowers a mission worker to gather and analyze information to make effective ministry strategies. Two training curricula are included in the Breakthrough Mentoring Suite. The two-month version is called SearchLite. The one-year version is called Breakthrough. GMI is also transferring to One Challenge other resources to support the Breakthrough mentoring process. The Global Research Team is thrilled to be able to offer this training to those inside the OC Global Alliance and to other ministry partners. To learn more about the Breakthrough Mentoring Suite and other resources to help you become a better knowledge steward, click on the tab "Research Mentoring".


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