April 14, 2016
By Carrie McGuffin and Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has released a new resource for congregations, challenging Christians to connect pilgrimage and mission. PilgriMission: Transform by Being Transformed aims to create space to connect these means of transformation before, during and after engaging in short-term mission experiences.
Based on the idea that Christians are compelled by their faith in Christ to travel the world and engage cross-culturally for two reasons — pilgrimage and mission — this flexible curriculum offers a chance to understand these means of transformation as intricately connected.
“Pilgrimage often focuses on personal transformation and spiritual growth while mission travel is focused on transforming the other person in front of you,” said PilgriMission co-editor Josh Speight, who serves as CBF’s Missional Congregations Resources Manager. “PilgriMission seeks to change this thought process throughout the preparation and engagement in mission to help groups grow spiritually, theologically and missiologically.”
The resource, created in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina and published by Nurturing Faith, is designed for use by any short-term mission team and includes pre-trip studies to prepare groups, as well as devotions for use during the trip and post-trip studies to assist groups in developing a discipleship of mission that encourages a long-term connection to mission on the field and at home.
In addition to Speight, PilgriMission is co-edited by CBF of South Carolina Missions Coordinator Blake Hart, who previously served alongside his wife, Bekah, as CBF field personnel in Chile. Contributors to PilgriMission include: Jason Coker, pastor, Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, Conn; CBF field personnel Shane McNary; Eric Porterfield, senior pastor, Winter Park Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C.; CBF-endorsed chaplain Alicia Porterfield, Blake Kendrick, associate pastor for students and spiritual formation, First Baptist Church, Greenwood, S.C.; Mollie Palmer, director, Together for Hope Arkansas; Jenny Hodge, youth minister, Churchland Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va.; Bill Stanfield, CEO, Metanoia, Charleston, S.C.; CBF field personnel Nell Green; CBF field personnel Julie Maas; Jay Kieve, coordinator, CBF of South Carolina, as well as Hart.
PilgriMission is the second resource to be released this spring. In March, CBF Global Missions launched Pivot: Turning Teams Toward God’s Mission Near and Far, a leadership development resource to challenge traditional beliefs about God’s mission in the world and the role of Christians in God’s mission. Pivot is a resource geared especially to those seeking deeper meaning in short-term mission experience, offering guidance on the impact of the local community, as well as teams of these short-term trips.
PilgriMission and Pivot are available for purchase at the CBF Store. A free companion journal to PilgriMission is also available for download.
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.