Jul 18, 2016
Tom and Danielle Brendle are missionaries with New Tribes
Mission. God has used them in Tribal Church Planting and in
Member Care. They have four sons, Levi, Jacob, Luke, and
Josiah. They currently serve in Florida.
Tom & Danielle Touched On
Tom and Danielle stressed the need for personal relationships
between the church and its missionaries. They shared the need for
mission oriented discipleship at the local church level. Tom and
Danielle gave an overview of member care and encouraged the local
church to participate in this care.
They recommended Dave and Irene Lewis' website Paracletos.org
Tom encouraged us to read the book Life With A Capital
L by Matt Heard
Contact Tom & Danielle
Please email Tom and Danielle at Tom_Brendle@ntm.org
What We Learned
I had three takeaways from Tom and Danielle's interview.
- It is essential that churches build
personal relationships with their missionaries.
Now that is easier said than done. And it will take time and
intention to accomplish. Often missionaries are just a
picture on the wall or a check you mail. How can you build
better relationships? I believe you should first
evaluate every missionary that you support and then evaluate how
you relate to them. In August, we will send Real Pastor Team
members a free tool that will help with this. If you are not
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This simple resource helped us transform our mission
- Expose your children to missions and place your
young adults in church
leadership. Many missionaries realize
their calling when they are young. So we need to be
intentional in our discipleship of young people, exposing them to
missions and missionaries. Also, we need to move young
adults into places of responsibility. Children will catch the
vision of missions and young adults will see their place in God's
mission for the church.
- Provide Member Care to your
missionaries. When your missionaries return home
on furlough, are you including them in the body? Are you
giving them a safe place to share and decompress? What are you
doing to help with this difficult transition? Many churches
are as disconnected with their missionaries when they are home as
they are when they are away. Missionaries need a safe place
and they need a church family. So take every opportunity to
provide care when a missionary returns home.
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