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Google Me A Mission!

Part I: Presbyterian Resources – Online and Print
Part II: External Web Resources – Affiliates and Partners
Part III: Online Tools and Collaboration – Free or low-cost web tools for organizing
Part IV: Books and other print resources for planning

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Part I: Presbyterian Resources

Mission Crossroads:
It features monthly “God’s Mission Matters” podcasts with accompanying study guides, a digital resource library, videos from our mission workers around the world, monthly Webinars and an “Interactive Community” which is a social network for Presbyterians involved in mission.

World Mission Online
The portal page for how to get involved with Presbyterian world mission, area offices, and other partnership information.

Resources for partnership:
Find information about the following helpful resources on Presbyterian (U.S.A.) mission.

Finding mission trips, resources, sharing stories, and seeing what is going on in Presbyterian short-term mission.

News stories, a column from the World Mission Director, a video feature and links to various World Mission ministries can be found here.

A full description of most of our PC(USA) mission co-workers and the places where they serve can be found at Mission Connections.

You can also look up a mission co-worker by country.

About 10% of our mission co-workers are ‘quiet’ on the web for security reasons.

Presbyterian World Mission Video:  

PC(USA) YouTube
MissionCrossroads video (for MissionCrossroads.org Members)

Print and Email:

MISSION CROSSROADS MAGAZINE (formerly World Mission Highlights) provides stories about Presbyterians involved in mission. For a free subscription (2-3 issues a year): 
You can download recent and back issues, and can sign up to receive the magazine. To subscribe, send your name and complete mailing address to Alyssa Harley or call (800) 728-7228, x5384. 

PRESBYTERIAN WORLD, a monthly email newsletter, offers timely updates on the international work of Presbyterians and their global partners. For a free subscription:

MISSION YEARBOOK FOR PRAYER AND STUDY, a book of daily prayers, stories and mission information, is published annually.

World Mission Programs

MISSION PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT & RELATIONS  
Position Search/Applications; Young Adult opportunities; Mission Co-Worker Recruitment.
One Door View and Post Position Listings

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE AND HUNGER PROGRAMS
PDA How to help; Volunteer opportunities; Work Teams; Giving: Dollars & material resources 
Presbyterian Joining Hands / Hunger Program

PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH MINISTRIES
International Health And Development

PRESBYTERIAN PEACEMAKING - information, weekly prayers and daily scripture readings, peacemaking resources, pastoral care and educational resources related to ministry with military families and Iraq

ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PROMOTERS
Outstanding opportunities for personal enrichment, professional identity and encouragement and support.

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS 

  1. Listing of international partners
  2. Background information
  3. Presbytery Partnerships and Networks
  4. Programs and Projects/Giving Opportunities

GROUPS

World Mission Networks, Social Justice Networks, Racial/Ethnic Caucuses, and non-geographical networks.

Presbyterian Women

AllWomen in the Church
Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC)

Presbyterian Advocacy

The PC(USA) Washington Office
Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network
Racial Justice and Advocacy
Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns

Living Waters for the World
National Health Ministries
Medical Benevolence Foundation
The Outreach Foundation
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship

Presbyterian Resources

The newly designed PC(USA) store with many items available for purchase
The Thoughtful Christian is an online marketplace including books and downloadable resources that are perfect for Sunday school classes, Bible study groups or individual reflection.

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Part II: External Web Resources

ECUMENICAL & INTERFAITH NETWORK
PC(USA) with shared models for dialogue, camping, festivals, etc.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES USA
Sudan Resettlement; Gulf Coast Rebuilding; a book Our Day To End Poverty, etc.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
CROP Walk, tools, blankets and kits (health, school, etc.), a Charity Navigator
WORLD MISSION INITIATIVE 
Presbyterian effort based in Pittsburgh, PA, with many mission resources and programs.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 
Building homes and communities in partnership with families in need of decent housing.
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL 
Bringing an End to World Hunger
BREAD FOR THE WORLD 
Seeking Justice, Ending Hunger
ADVENTURES IN MISSION
Short term mission trips, no Presbyterian affiliation
SERVING IN MISSION
Mission, programs and projects, no Presbyterian affiliation.
MISSION PRESBYTERY
The Synod of the Sun’s Mission Page


PRAYER
Operation World                         
Global Prayer Digest       
Mission Network News        
Waymakers     

         
ADULT RESOURCES
World Mission Initiative                        
U.S. Center for World Mission  
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement          
William Carey Library                  


CHILDREN’S RESOURCES
Caleb Project                 


MISSION WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Unveiling God’s Glory                
Discipling Nations                      

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Part III: Online Tools and Collaboration

All resources under this segment have no affiliation with PC(USA) or any religious organization. All services are free unless otherwise indicated.

Facebook An indispensible collaboration tool with 500 million members. Create groups, church and mission pages, share calendars and recruit others for your events.
Open Office Completely Free and Fully Compatible Microsoft Office Replacement.
Twitter A widely used micro-communication and advertising tool.
Google products A complete index of Google’s free services, including:
Documents – Free online document collaboration.
Groups – Group and email manager for mass communication.
Sites – Collaborate and easily build websites
Calendar – The best calendar on the web

COLLABORATION
Doodle Online Meeting Scheduling
Join Online conferencing, screen sharing, collaboration.            
Kablink Open collaboration platform which allows wikis, forums, shared files.
Collanos a single space to share, interact and collaborate for teams.
Zoho Full online office suite for collaboration, meetings, and discussion.

PRESENTATION
Prezi Alternative to Powerpoint, creates animated, rich media presentations.
Slideshare Sharing presentations, documents, and video
Zooos Free Web Presentation Editor
GE’s Free Online Whiteboard
Brinkpad Free online presentations

COMMUNICATION
Skype The best free online telephone, with screen and file sharing
iTunes Excellent podcast manager – subscribe to God’s Mission Matters
Audacity Free podcast production and recording tool.
present.ly Free micro-blogging service for your website.
Survey Monkey Free and easy survey creation and publication

WEBSITES AND BLOGGING
blogger The best free blog creation tool – you can blog by email
Wordpress An incredible and robust platform for building complete websites
tumblr A very easy blogging tool, great for beginners

DATA EXCHANGE
Dropbox Free, easy, fast online file storage, backup, and exchange
Adobe’s Online Workspace
Tuft University’s Free Mind Mapping Tool

FOR A FEE
GoToMeeting* Premium conferencing and webinar software.
Basecamp  * Low-cost collaboration and document sharing.
OfficeMedium* Web-based collaborative suite.
Virgin mobile Only unlimited cellular internet domestically.
Backpack A fee-based collaboration website.

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Part IV: Books and other Print Resources

Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right! Priest, Robert J. (2008) U.S.. Center for Mission William Carey Library

When God's People Travel Together. Vial, D. D. (1999). Louisville: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

When God's People Travel Together, Volume 2: Reflecting and Acting on Mission

Trip Experiences. Battin, B. (2006).  Louisville: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

Called As Partners in Christ’s Service: The Practice of God’s Mission. George, Sherron (2004) Louisville, Geneva.

Faith In Action: Understanding Development Ministries from a Christian Perspective. Knisely, Stephen. Louisville, OGA/Worldwide Ministries 

The Starfish and the Spider. Brafma, Ori and Rod A. Beckstrom. (2006). New York: Portfolio Books.

Organizing For Social Change. Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, Steve Max (1996) Seven Locks Press; 2nd edition 

Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships.Butler, P. (2005). Colorado Springs: Authentic Books.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. (2009). Chicago: Moody Press. 

Better Together. George, S. K. (2010). Louisville: Geneva Press.

The Tipping Point. Gladwell, M. (2000). New York: Back Bay Books.

Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising. Sommer, P. (1999). Downer's Grove: IVP Books.


For comments, concerns, and questions – or to submit your resource for this list, please email Andy Rector.

Prepared by Homer Rickabaugh – July 30, 2007, Updated by Ellen Sherby – May, 2009, Updated by Rob Moore – October 2010, Update by Andy Rector – February 2012

What is Mission Crossroads?

Mission Crossroads is a web-based wisdom community which facilitates networking among mission participants, aids communication among members of mission-related groups, and provides a forum in which those engaged in mission may share ideas and experiences, both good and bad, so that future mission endeavors can be more effective.