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Designing and launching a new platform to resource hundreds of partner projects serving communities in need with pre-qualified & trained volunteers.

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  • 1. a new platform for missional partnerships? Hi. Im John Henry. For 25 years I have mobilized students into missions with Youth With A Mission 1
  • 2. I thought I was breaking the mold We mobilized hundreds of internships to help students learn how to flourish in their calling by serving projects in communities around the world. 2
  • 3. But our interns were mostly from the Western World. Then I began to notice something 3
  • 4. I saw Indian & Korean missionaries leading student fellowships everywhere. 4
  • 5. YWAM leaders from Madagascar working on campus in four cities their nation. 5
  • 6. I have worked with hundreds of young leaders engaging university communities in 35 countries. 6
  • 7. And I worked with Chinese church planters leading tens of thousands in universities in 6 cities. The movement plans to send one million new missionaries in the next decade . 7
  • 8. The new Majority Church is in the Global South. The World has changed. 8
  • 9. 33AD 330AD 90AD 1800AD 1509AD 75% of Church is now outside the West and has little attachment to Western traditions, identity, and legacy. Gods Church does (Roman/Greek/Protestant) not have a mission; Gods Mission has a Church with many 2011AD centers. 9 1054AD
  • 10. And this new world is FLAT... More connected. There are 650 million mobile phones In Africa. Nigeria has100 million mobile phone lines. Kenyas mobile phone sales increased more than 200% in 2009. Africa has far more than U.S. and Europe. 10
  • 11. Question: How do we respond to this growing opportunity to share Jesus Christ and mobilize a new generation? 11
  • 12. And how can we mobilize volunteers from anywhere to everywhere? 12
  • 13. How can we foster missional partnerships? 13
  • 14. What is a missional community? 14
  • 15. And how can they be involved now? 15
  • 16. Heres our response: ! ! a partnership platform for missional service 16
  • 17. a sustainable, high-impact, culturally immersive, and community driven online missions matching, training and mobilization program for students and volunteers everywhere. 17
  • 18. ! will resource hundreds of partner projects serving communities in need with pre-qualified & trained students volunteers 18
  • 19. Children at Risk South Africa Posted on February 20, 2013 This This gallery contains is 1 photo. the site we started with last yearWe called it IPO Connection. Focus: Children at Risk Community: University Community Location: Region: Sub-Sahara Africa Description: Helping to form Pre-schools by discipling African women in poor areas. Influencing kids at risk and kids without proper family life. Hiv Aids percentage very high. Counseling training Continue reading Gallery | Tagged Children at Risk, Sub-Saharan Africa, Youth With A Mission The Ropes Course Posted on February 20, 2013 This gallery contains 3 photos. Focus: Youth & Young AdultsDescription: Life is a combination of billions of experiences. Its not the quantity 19 or quality of experiences but what we
  • 20. Children at Risk South Africa Posted on February 20, 2013 This gallery but contains 1 photo. the site and programming needed to be Focus: Children at Risk Community: University Community Location: Region: Sub-Sahara Africa Description: Helping to form Pre-schools by discipling African women in poor areas. Influencing kids at risk and kids without proper family life. Hiv Aids percentage very high. Counseling training Continue reading Gallery | Tagged Children at Risk, Sub-Saharan Africa, Youth With A Mission The Ropes Course Posted on February 20, 2013 reworked This gallery contains 3 photos. Focus: Youth & Young AdultsDescription: Life is a combination of billions of experiences. Its not the quantity 20 or quality of experiences but what we
  • 21. And this is the new site about to launch any day now. a partnership platform for missional service 21
  • 22. converge involves four types of people Mentors Students (Personal Encouragers) (Servant Learners) Donors Field Hosts (Personally Engaged) (Showing Hospitality) A project-based missional partnership. 22
  • 23. field hosts Hosts initiate with a simple online app, get validated by a fellow partner, and we publish their project on the converge site. Hosts receive students to serve projects in THEIR community. Hospitality may be the most strategic of all missional activity, important for the early church to overcome. 23
  • 24. students The most connected, well travelled, cross-cultural, and socially conscious generation. Students search the site from anywhere to serve the project that best fits their schedule, passion, and field of study. ! So you must go and make disciples... Matthew 28:19 24
  • 25. mentors Mentors complement the converge online course with prayer and personal input to help participants prepare to serve and discern their career, their life-work calling. Participants choose their own Mentor from their church or community. Pastors and Academic/Work References are encouraged to help them choose a mature Christ-follower with cross-cultural experience. 25
  • 26. five phases of converge course Orientation Enculturation Assessment Field Project Debriefing Videos & Readings Meeting Host & Project Field Interviews Complete Project Debriefing Course & Host Evaluation Personal Contact Prayer Review Goals Maintain Contact Celebrate Achievement Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 Mentor Meetings Course Activities Course Structure Flexible Timeline 26
  • 27. Donors Donors make a personal connection with students and projects serving communities they are passionate about. Donors will see results, including global reach and local depth. 100% Rule! The entire gift goes to the students fees 27
  • 28. Software