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AGAINST ALL HOPE: HOPE FOR AFRICA

By Darrow Miller with Scott Allen © 2005, Disciple Nations Alliance

Africa has been mightily blessed. Her natural resources make her the wealthiest of the world’s seven continents. She possesses a rich heritage as the womb of the Judeo-Christian faith. Her people comprise her greatest wealth. Being imago Dei, they possess vast internal capital. On top of all this; there is the incredible potential that exists through the dramatic recent growth of the church. Yet despite these countless blessings and riches, Africa remains undeniably the most poverty-stricken and broken continent on the planet. When one examines global poverty indices and measurements, it becomes apparent that things are improving everywhere in the world with one glaring exception – Africa. How can it be that Africa continues to languish?

This 60-page booklet examines the situation in Africa today from the vantage point of a distinctively biblical worldview and argues that true hope for transformation lies with the rapidly expanding African Church practicing a wholistic ministry and taking biblical truth boldly into every sphere of society.

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SERVANTHOOD: THE CALLING OF EVERY CHRISTIAN

By Darrow Miller © 2009, Disciple Nations Alliance (Revised)

Humanity has always been seduced by a desire to compete and succeed at the cost of others. A “great person” is the one with the most servants. Yet Jesus shows us a radically different way. In His Kingdom, “the greatest” is the one who serves the most. When Christ’s followers understand and embrace a lifestyle of humble service, the impact in their lives, families, communities and nations is nothing short of revolutionary. Servanthood: The Calling of Every Christian has been used to train cross-cultural missionaries for over 20 years. These 13 newly revised Bible studies, designed for individual or small group study, will help you discover the freedom, joy and life that await those who follow in Christ’s footsteps and embrace their calling as servants.

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THE FOREST IN THE SEED: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

By Scott Allen and Darrow Miller © 2006, Disciple Nations Alliance

In The Forest in the Seed, Scott Allen and Darrow Miller set out to answer these questions: What resources do we need for truly Christian community development, and where do these resources come from? The transformation of impoverished communities requires resources, yet our worldview determines our vision for what resources we have and which are most important. The Bible reveals God as the source of all resource. He is “Jehova Jireh,” the God who provides for His creation. But do we have eyes to see the vast array of resources He has already provided us? Do our development activities help others discover their God-given resources or hinder them? The Forest in the Seed touches on the topics of economics, poverty, worldview, and community development.

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TRUTH AND COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES FOR DISTINCTIVELY BIBLICAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Scott Allen, Editor © 2003, Disciple Nations Alliance

Today, “community development” has largely become a secularized industry, one that views poverty as socially or structurally caused, and whose solutions are likewise mechanical and structural. For Christians, the danger of unintentionally operating within this false framework is very real. Developed by a team of seasoned community development practitioners, Truth and Community Transformation provides a practical resource for Christians to apply a rigorously biblical mindset to grass-roots development work. It concisely details a series of biblically-rooted principles covering such topics as agriculture, health, and child development. Written for workers of Christian compassion who deeply desire to function within a distinctively biblical framework.

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SEED PROJECTS OVERVIEW AND PLANNING GUIDE

Adapted from If Jesus Were Mayor by Bob Moffitt (2006, Monarch Books), chapter 13: “Seed Project Planning.”

“Seed Projects” are small-scale, wholistic outreach initiatives through which local churches demonstrate God’s love in practical ways to those in their community. Rather than one-time, whole-church, staff-initiated outreach programs, Seed Projects are designed to be carried out on an ongoing basis by church members in the context of families or small-groups. They work particularly well for churches with an active small-group, neighborhood focused approach to ministry.

Pastors equip church members to identify needs in their communities and use the Seed Projects Planning Guide to thoughtfully and intentionally take action.

The goal is for wholistic outreach to become part of the ongoing life of the church body. Individual church members are equipped and empowered to do the work of ministry.

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13 TRANSFORMING TRUTHS

By Darrow Miller © 2013, Disciple Nations Alliance

God cares about people living in poverty. In fact, at the time of creation, He established the principles that allow creation and its human stewards to thrive. 13 Transforming Truths helps the reader shift paradigms.

Poverty does not stem from a lack of resources. Rather, poverty ultimately is rooted in worldview: how people think. God’s truth lays a foundation for a person, community or nation to flourish.

This book, in Bible-study format, will guide the reader to discover and apply 13 critical Biblical ideas that, when practiced, lead to the development of individuals, communities and nations.

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MY PLACE IN HISTORY: DISCOVERING YOUR CALLING

By Darrow Miller © 2009, Disciple Nations Alliance

My Place in HIStory contains set of narratives and exercises designed to guide you through a thoughtful inventory of your calling, and help you discover the unique purpose for which the God of the universe has made you.

God loves individuality and has made the universe with incredible diversity. As a human being, there is no one else like you. God has made you for a unique purpose for the advancement of His Kingdom. This workbook will help you discover and embrace your uniqueness, showing you how to use your individuality to advance His Kingdom.

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LIFEWORK: DEVELOPING A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF VOCATION

By Darrow Miller © 2009, Disciple Nations Alliance

It has been said that the greatest single statement most people will make in their life for the cause of Christ—for good or for bad—is how they do their work. Discipling the nations will require followers of Christ to discover their God-given calling (their “LifeWork”) and intentionally live out their vocational life within the framework of a distinctively Biblical worldview. Imagine the powerful impact the Church would have on the nations if all Christians saw themselves as missionaries sent by God to redeem and restore the sectors of society where they are deployed?

LifeWork: Developing a Biblical Theology of Vocation contains a narrative and series of vocation-related Bible studies and exercises that will help you understand a Biblical perspective of vocation and develop a “biblical theology” for your particular vocational area, leading to practical steps you can take to align your faith and work.

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LIFEWORK SMALL-GROUP BIBLE STUDY

By Darrow Miller © 2009, Disciple Nations Alliance

The LifeWork Small-Group Bible Study is a 12-lesson, free, downloadable Bible study booklet developed as a companion to Darrow Miller’s LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day. While it is written as a “stand-alone” Bible study, participants will benefit more if they read the book. The study is designed for either individual or small group study. Each of the sessions is broken down into the following sections:

  • Key Verses to Read. A key Scripture passage has been selected for each session. These key verses provide a biblical framework for the central teaching of each session.
  • Key Verses Insights. This narrative section offers a deeper look into the key verses and questions.
  • Discovery Questions. This section is designed to take you into God’s Word for a deeper understanding of the whole session. Woven among the questions is more narrative, providing insight into the questions.
  • Personal Application. Here’s where the study gets personal. These questions are designed to help you reflect on your own life and experiences and move you towards personal application.
  • Closing Thoughts. This section provides a “wrap up” of the session.

If you’re leading a small group through this booklet, a “Leader’s Guide” is provided near the end of this booklet. These guidelines are provided to help you enhance your group’s effectiveness.

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