NextMove is comprised of over 30 missions agency representatives who have been appointed by their organizations. We work together to discover solutions for diaspora missions, specifically at the missions agency level.
The initiatives below represent the diaspora-related issues that our NextMove Team Members have identified as key entry points for adopting ministry innovation.
If your agency has a solution you’d like to pursue, please contact us about how to join NextMove and launch a new initiative.
Missions among migrating peoples is substantially different from traditional missions. As mission agencies fully embrace diaspora missions there arises a corresponding need to embrace new conceptualizations, values, skills, strategies, and organizational processes for effective engagement.
NextMove desires to be an informational hub for diaspora research and educational tools that aid mission agencies.
The NextMove Research and Education Team seeks to provide mission agencies with the best resources to create diaspora missions competency within the organization. We seek to provide agency leaders with an on-ramp into the world of migration missions detailing the changes and processes necessary for effective engagement. We also seek to provide training tools for educating staff and field workers on the nature and value of migration missions, and with techniques for strategy creation.
Perhaps more than in any other form of Christian missions the global diaspora provides evidence that we are better together. Because an agency’s targeted people group can be spread throughout the globe, no one ministry can hope to be in every place at once.
We need each other for mapping, engagement, help with returnees, fruitful practices, collaborating with Majority World Christians and churches for ministry in diaspora locations, etc… We need to find pathways for local churches to work with our agencies to reach immigrants around them and be a resource to workers in the global diaspora. We need to be in the many mission networks that facilitate different aspects off reaching the world of migration.
The NextMove Collaboration and Partnership Team seeks to create proven pathways for collaboration and partnerships between agencies and networks, and with local churches to increase our scope and effectiveness in diaspora missions. Most of these connections will arise within relational networks and NextMove will serve as a connection hub to establish and maintain this personal interaction for ministry initiatives.
Most mission agencies are presently involved in diaspora missions. But that involvement is usually at the periphery and not the agency’s core mission objectives. Helping agencies integrate diaspora missions into the core is NextMove’s purpose. To do so requires an accurate understanding of the nature and value of diaspora missions. Many characteristics of mission to and from people on the move are substantially different from traditional missions. Agency leadership needs an in depth understanding of these differences to make informed decisions.
Agency leaders also need an understanding of the difficulties and organizational costs associated with integrating diaspora missions into their core ministries. When these difficulties are seen in terms of the overall value of diaspora missions leaders are able to both plot and carry through the process of change.
NextMove seeks to provide agency leaders with the information and the motivation for fully embracing diaspora missions.
One of the most attractive aspects of diaspora missions is the ability to reach a people group in a foreign setting where there may be greater access and openness and then see them return as trained and motivated missionaries to their cultural homelands and societies.
But unfortunately the majority of these returnees disappear from view soon after they arrive home.
The NextMove Returnees Team seeks to discover if there are socio-cultural factors that are at play in the returnee drama and to find fruitful practices that substantially increase the percentage of returnees who remain in the faith. The processes for discipleship in both the foreign setting and within the homeland need to be carefully examined to determine the obstacle and solutions for returnee success.
Mission agencies need reliable information into order to deploy personnel and resources. Gaining reliable data on migrating unreached people groups can be difficult since they move faster than governments can track, and they often seek to remain unseen. Also we desire to know of global Evangelical migration patterns since they constitute a potential mission work force among the UPGs on the move.
NextMove seeks to discover the best information and mapping tools to help agencies understand migration patterns in specific ministry locations. These tools include newly developed techniques for using social media to locate and engage migrating people. NextMove also seeks to develop and maintain a global relational network that will supply much of the needed data for tracking people groups on the move.
The global diaspora presents two types of potential mission workers. First are the informal missionaries who find secular work in urban centers around the world. Whether maids in Hong Kong, or construction workers in Dubai, the millions of Majority World Christians working among unreached people groups are a great and largely untapped resource for the advancement of the gospel.
Second are those from the global diaspora who are called to career missions, for example, a believer from Brazil living in Berlin who desires to work full-time among immigrants from the Middle East. The mobilization, funding, and deployment systems used by most Western mission sending organizations have a poor record in placing these workers in the field.
NextMove seeks to learn of fruitful practices and new paradigms for mobilization and funding that can release both informal and formal diaspora missionaries into the harvest field.