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Twenty Third Edition - June 2009
The Bridge
Finishers Project

3303 S Lindsay Rd
Suite 108
Gilbert, AZ 85297
 
Ph. 480.854.4444
 
 
Contact Our Staff:

Don Parrott, President/CEO

Nelson Malwitz,                            
Chief Innovation Officer


Paul Erdmann,                    
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Adelsman,                  Director of Church Partnership Network

Paulette Fitch,
Executive Assistant
Agency/Profile Relations



Partner Meeting
Coordinator

Colleen Erdmann, Bookkeeper
 
William & Amy Stearns,                         
Training Associates
 
Director of Coaching Network

Bill Poff,
Web site development


Coming Events
 
Click on these links to find more information about each event.
  
2009 Retreats
 
Dallas, TX
May 29-31

Philadelphia, PA 
 Jun 26-28

Atlanta, GA
Oct 16-18
 
Finishers Forums
 
2009 Forums
 
Cleveland/Akron, OH
September 25-26
 
Ft. Collins, CO
October 9-10
 
Albuquerque, NM
  November 6-7
 
Phoenix, AZ
 November 20-21
 
Tyler, TX 
January 29-30, 2010


 
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The Bridge serves to keep you connected with the amazing ministry and impact of Finishers Project.  We welcome your feedback, so please call or write. 
Ele's book      Just Released in May!

      Transforming Together
          by Ele Parrott

We are pleased and proud to recommend this    captivating and practical book by one of our own!  Transforming Together presents a model for genuine spiritual mentoring through the power and work of Christ in the lives of women faithfully pouring into one another. 
 
Building on real-life testimonies and her own experiences of life-on-life mentoring, Ele will equip you to be an effective spiritual mentor. 
 
The book is available in Christian book stores and on-line through Moody Publishers and Amazon.  please use the following links to order your copy today!
 
www.moodypublishers.com/Publishers/default.asp?SectionID=BD42D0F02D2E4DB09F74AE41E61BE225&page=2
 
http://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Together-Authentic-Spiritual-Mentoring/dp/0802466613
Six "Challenges" or "Benefits", depending on your perspective.
 
This month we are featuring the fourth of six "challenges" Boomers face when considering ministry in a missions-related role.  The six are:  Faith, Finances, Family, Fit, Future and Fight.  The purpose of examining these benefits is to help us see that God is really carefully managing our journey, and not getting in the way of a desired goal with all these obstacles. 
 
Fit:  the fourth "challenge", "obstacle", or "opportunity", depending on your perspective.
 
If you are a Baby Boomer, who has spent the majority of your life up to now working in positions not usually referred to as "ministry" roles, it could be that the best years of your life are still ahead of you!  That's because the methods by which we carry the love and testimony of Jesus are growing more broadly every day. 
 
When we hear the words "missions" or "missionary" most of us immediately think of definitions mainly coming from our younger years.  These were people who had Bible training, church ministry experience and were dedicated to full-time ministry somewhere overseas.  So when someone talks to us about a "missions" or "ministry" role in our latter years, we logically wonder how we might "fit."  We don't have the background and training which seem to be necessary for such a future role.  Our education, training and work experience are nothing like what we think of for a full-time ministry role.  We just can't see a possible fit.
 
But that is all changing! If you are sensing a discontent with how you are currently investing your life, and wondering if there might be something more, it may be that God is about to open the door to a whole new phase of significance for you.  If that is true, you can rest assured that the training and experience you have developed to this point has been designed by God to prepare you for the next phase.  Even though you may not see any direct correlation between the work you have done in the past and a new ministry role, know this:  What we are doing at any given time always has two purposes.  The obvious first purpose is to accomplish what we are responsible for right now...our work tasks, our family responsibilities, relationships, etc.  The second purpose is that we are preparing for the next phase of our life.  We usually do not know what that next phase will entail, but we can trust that God is using present circumstances to prepare us for future needs. 
 
Aligned with this essential principle are the wonderful new ways God is opening doors for his gospel to penetrate this world.  The future of the North American contribution to expand God's kingdom worldwide will look somewhat similar to the first century church.  When the persecution began in Jerusalem, Christ-followers left that city and moved to other locations where they had job possibilities or family.  Once there, they naturally talked about the impact Jesus had made in their lives.  The result was the expanding of God's kingdom.  A similar thing is happening today, and it may be that God has been preparing you for just such a time as this.
 
A future change for you may not be because of persecution, but the training and work experience you have developed over the years may be what will open the door for you to move to another area, and while there, you can naturally talk about the impact Jesus has had in your life.  So when we think of "missions", "missionary" and "ministry", we are now thinking of a new paradigm.  We are thinking of people who  will find a "fit" because of their skills and training, and that new fit will enable them to make a difference for Jesus!  Could that be you?
 
If you have not already done so, may I suggest you fill out your profile on our website at www.finishers.org/index.php?id=5   Doing so will connect you with ministry opportunities which are in line with the interests you indicate in your profile.  If you have already submitted a profile, I encourage you to take a fresh look at it and make any modifications based on your changing circumstances.  Perhaps a new "fit" is waiting for you!
 
Some Practical Suggestions:
 
One of the most significant contributions to the changing "missions" world of today is the unique "matching" software on the Finishers website.  This service provides potential ministry fits for you by matching your interests with thousands of positions here in the U.S. and abroad.  If you have not developed your profile on the site at www.finishers.org , under the section for Individuals, I suggest you do so and pray that God will use this tool to open doors for you.  If you have done a profile in the past, I suggest you update it to reflect your current situation and interests.
 
Finishers has developed a high-quality weekend resource called the Finishers Forum.  The content is designed to answer the questions commonly raised by mid-life adults who are considering how to invest their lives for greater impact.  Alongside the effective content there are two significant features:  Nearly one-third of the time is dedicated to allowing participants to interact face-to-face with leaders of local and global ministries, talking about possible "fits."  And, for the four large-group sessions, participants are seated at round tables, allowing for interaction with others on the same journey.
 
For anyone seriously interested in cross-cultural work, but would like some input from someone with overseas experience, Finishers holds weekend retreats called The Journey Deepens.  Participants are prayerfully placed in groups of 6-8 people of similar age and interest, coached by two experienced cross-cultural workers.  This small-group format allows for a high level of communication and rich interaction with the participants and coaches.
 
Finishers offers these resources to be of help to you.  That's our whole reason for existence.  If you see how any of these suggestions might be helpful, please take the next step.
 
 If You Have Not Attended A Finishers Forum...
 
...maybe this Fall is the right time for you.  These quality weekend conferences are designed to bring together mid-life adults who are thinking about the same things regarding their future...how can I make a difference...how do I really want to invest the time and energy I have in the coming years...is there really a good fit for me in a ministry role, right here at home or even abroad?
  
Below are the dates and locations and you can register online once you decide: 
          Cleveland/Akron Ohio, September 25-26
          Ft. Collins, Colorado, October 9-10
          Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 6-7
          Phoenix, Arizona, November 20-21
          Tyler, Texas, January 29-30, 2010
 
Go to our website, www.finishers.org for more information - click on the "Events" tab. 
 
 Are You wondering if Cross-Cultural Ministry is for You?
 
If so, The Journey Deepens retreat can help you process that question.  The setting and format for these unique weekends is more like a retreat setting instead of a conference setting.  Each participant is matched up with a person with cross-cultural ministry experience, in a small group with others of similar age and ministry experience.  Below are the dates and locations for upcoming retreats, and you can register online by going to www.finishers.org  Events, Regional Events, then The Journey Deepens.
 
                May 29-31, Dallas, TX
                June 26-28, Philadelphia, PA
                October 16-18, Atlanta, GA
Don's pic
  
 
  Don Parrott  
  CEO,The Finishers Project