Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. Tradecraft Workbook, the long-anticipated companion to Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission is now available. This 300+ page guide has been over five years in the making, building on the practical tools used in Tradecraft to empower any Christian who wants to live on mission. Larry McCrary describes it this way (from the Introduction):
Since the release of Tradecraft in February of 2013, we have been asked by a number of churches and organizations for a method of group study utilizing the Tradecraft: for the Church on Mission material. This resource is designed to fill that request, and we believe it can be a valuable resource in a variety of ways. During the production period the material was tested by many churches and other groups who utilized it as training materials to prepare their people for mission.
Here are a few settings in which the workbook has been successfully used thus far:
Discipleship Groups – Discipleship is at the core of Tradecraft, and it can be used as a part of your regular discipleship process, whether Sunday School classes, small groups, or any other group discipleship format. Tradecraft helps the disciple learn practical ways to live out the Great Commission, an important part of following Christ.
Training Church Members for Local Missions – The tools in Tradecraft are employed regularly in overseas mission, but they can be just as fruitful in local mission. If you want to impact the local community with the gospel, you have to know the culture found therein. This workbook will walk your local mission teams through employing missionary tools in their own neighborhoods.
Church Planting Core Team – Planting a healthy church also requires an intimate knowledge of the people and place into which it will be rooted. Walk through this workbook with your team and learn your city and its people well.
Other uses we have seen:
Short-term mission trips training
Training in churches and college sending out study abroad students
Long-term missionary training schools
Personal study and application
Neighborhood or community Bible study groups
Family study and training tool
We believe this information belongs in the hands of every believer and can be walked through with any group that simply wants to more effectively engage in mission in their own neighborhoods or around the world. We hope you enjoy the book and find it both meaningful and helpful!