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September 1988


Editorial Comment

The Misunderstanding of the Mission Agencies

1. Is the Mission Field "Overseas"? 2. Are Lay Tentmakers the Manpower Answer?

SEPs: Partnering for Kingdom Profits

Paraclete Mission Group: Fostering Cooperation Among Agencies at USCWM

For Wan of a Secretary Might the War Be Lost?

At the Center

Malcom Hunter and the Adopt-A-People Concept

Adopt-A-People: Alive and Growing

Why God Will Not Bring Revival in America

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Paraclete Mission Group: Fostering Cooperation Among Agencies at USCWM

Greg Livingstone, president of Frontiers Mission, once said of another mission agency based at the U.S. Center for World Mission, “If anything happened to that agency, we would have to restructure our own organization.”

Both missions work with Muslims and other restricted areas of the world. The agency of which he spoke was facing major pressures because they had been so busy about their ministry, they had somehow neglected to develop an adequate, continuing support base. Frontiers had relied on them for training new workers, but now they were in serious danger of having to curtail their training program.

Livingstone was speaking to the organizers of a new, unique mission program called Paraclete Mission Group. He was welcoming the Paraclete associates and expressing hope that they could fulfill their objectives of providing encouragement and help to the 50 agencies based on the USCWM campus.

Paraclete Mission Group is Born
As the miracle of the "Last $1000 Campaign" drew to a close, a group of dedicated men who had helped catalyze the campaign became deeply impressed by the magnitude of what God had brought together at USCWM.

They could sense the potential it held for His total work in the world, and their hearts were gripped by the objectives and vision of the USCWM for reaching the remaining 16,000 unreached tribes, tongues and peoples of our world with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

These men sensed that just as they had “stood alongside” the Center in its "Last $1000 Campaign,” so God wanted them in a more formal and continuing way to fulfill a similar function among the strategic mission enitities He had brought together at the Center. Thus, the Paraclete (Greek for "one who stands alongside") Mission Group was born.

With the purpose of helping to plant the Church among all peoples of the world, the goal of Paraclete Mission Group is to “come alongside” the ministries based at the USCWM to help assure that they can most effectively fulfill their individual and collective mandates.

Specifically, Paraclete Mission Group is providing to the agencies on campus resource people, “Associates,” who are willing and able to invest in the agencies’s human capital. The “Associates” have been chosen based on their ability to mentor others in the areas of communication, organizational and fund development, and strategic planning. As agencies’ abilities in these areas increase, Paraclete believes the value of their other resources will increase proportionately.

Paraclete “Associates” include Allen Finley, for 27 years the international president of Partners International (formerly Christian Nationals/CNEC); Dallas Kinney, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, with his wife, Martha, has produced films and books for many ministries; Robin Wainwright, the executive director of Jubilee Foundation, a key facilitator in the “Last $1000” Campaign; Max Dunn, strategic planner for international management and former general manager of Bullocks’ department store; and Thomas Graham, retired dean of continuing education at California State University at Los Angeles, and consultant on personnel management for a number of Christian ministries.

And It Is Working
The mission that was the object of Greg Livingstone's expression is already, after just two months, finding significant help. Paraclete associates have guided the leaders of that mission into renewed contact and a fresh relationship with their constituency. Channels of communication and information have been reopened. Contacts have been made personally, by phone, and through printed materials.

During the month of August, the financial situation seemed humanly impossible, yet, God brought a significant response, and, though it is not yet enough to meet all the agency’s pressing commitments, the situation is greatly improved.

One couple who heard about the agency’s predicament sent a check for $5000. A large supporting church doubled its quarterly giving and sent two generous checks instead of one. So, with the most financially sound August the agency has had in over three years, the agency's leaders are encouraged, their ability to cooperate over the long haul with other groups working in Muslim and restricted countries looks more hopeful, and Greg Livingstone is relieved and greatly encouraged!

Paraclete staff have a number of other longer-range projects underway as well.

One of their primary goals is to promote cooperation among the agencies at the Center, and thus to contribute to the learning process that can go on within and between diverse organizations when they work together. One gets a feel for the range of ministries on campus simply by reading their names (see next column).

How does Paraclete intend to foster cooperation among this diverse body? One way is through a series of “Inter-Agency Workshops,” already started, that help agencies better understand their peculiar leadership roles and to plan for future ministry development. These workshops have also proven helpful in improving inter-agency collaboration and reducing duplications of effort.

To improve Paraclete’s ability to minister to the agencies in the future, two Associates are making a complete “status survey” of all the organizations on campus in order to acquire a better understanding of each ministry. This survey will also be used to help plan future workshops.

In order to help the agencies better communicate the scope of their ministries, Paraclete is seeking to develop a new publication that will report on the exciting developments that occur almost daily here at the Center.

For more information, contact:

Paraclete Mission Group 1539 E. Howard Street Pasadena, CA 91104 (818) 398-2253

or use the order form inside the back cover of this issue of Mission Frontiers.

Agencies on Campus at the USCWM
All Nations Mission Education
Armenian Bible College
Asia Evangelical Mission
Asia Missions Association Ass’n. of Int’l. Mission Svcs. (AIMS)
Caleb Resources
Children’s Mission Curriculum Project
China Ministries International
Christian Educator’s Ass’n. Int’l.
DAWN Ministries
East-West Gospel Ministries
Episcopal Church Missionary Community
F’ship. of Artists for Cultural Evangelism
Frontier Fellowship
Frontier Media
Global Mapping International
Global Opportunities
Horizons Beyond
IFMA Frontier Peoples Committee
Institute of Chinese Studies
Institute of Global Urban Studies (Cities for Christ Worldwide)
Institute of Hindu Studies
Institute of Native American Studies
Institute of Int’l. Studies (Perspectives)
Institute of Japanese Studies
Institute of Latin American Studies
Institute of Tribal Studies
Institute of Korean Studies
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
International Films
International Journal of Frontier Missiology
International Theological Seminary
Korea International Mission
Lifeline International
Maranatha Mailing Service
Missionary Strategy Agency
Mission Frontiers
Mobile Missionary Assistance Program
Operation Sound
Paraclete Mission Group
Pioneers, Inc.
Point Loma College
Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies
Reynolds Christian Academy
Senior Ambassadors for Christ
Slavic Gospel Association
Theological Students for Frontier Mission
Three-D Productions
Trinity Press
William Carey International University
William Carey Academy
World by 2000
Youth With A Mission
Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies

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