WE ARE ALWM
Personalizing the great commission in your LIFE and your CHURCH as we EQUIP CONGREGATIONS for effective global outreach.
Founded in 2007 by Pastor Bill Moberly, ALWM can be your partner in mobilizing and equipping your congregation to be meaningfully, strategically, and effectively engaged in completing the Great Commission! We have and can recommend the mission resources you need for: launching your Global Mission Team; evaluating, strengthening, and refocusing your existing Mission Team; developing a fruitful partnership with an indigenous ministry or missionary; praying for your missionaries, partners and unreached peoples; adopting an unreached people group; holding a successful annual mission festival; finding short term mission trips, or help in organizing a fruitful STM from your congregation; and more.
“Shepherd of the Hills hosted a Harvest Connection seminar in the fall of 2010. Pastor Bill Moberly preached at our worship services and then led the seminar that afternoon. Though we have been a church generous in sending money for mission work, we were missing the excitement of person to person involvement in mission. The Harvest Connection seminar taught us practical steps to get our members active in mission. It lifted our sights to what God is calling us to do. I highly recommend this seminar if you want to re-ignite a passion for missions.”
“Pastor Bill Moberly’s Harvest Connection Seminar is an essential primer for the biblical and historical basis for Global Missions. Building on Christ’s call to “Go” and “Make Disciples,” Pastor Bill gives practical suggestions for churches and individual Christians regarding their response to Christ’s call and participate in short-term missions. I would commend his seminar to all types of people from the seasoned Missions’s Pastor to the person considering going on their first mission trip. The Harvest Connection Seminar was a great tool for our missions team to help us gauge where we were doing things right and where we could adjust our focus to be more effective for the kingdom of God.
“Thank you so much Pastor Bill for coming. It was a power packed seminar. One of our challenges in Mission Outreach has been to get the message out about our response to Jesus’ commission ‘outside our doors’. The seminar helped us bridge a gap of our response to global missions. This seminar is so good for helping us put places and faces on the need for us to discover how serious we are about “all nations”. In my 75+ years I’ve never seen such an easier to access program for lay people and in turn congregations to participate.”
ALWM can be your partner in mobilizing and equipping your congregation to be meaningfully, strategically, and effectively engaged in completing the Great Commission. We have and can recommend the mission resources you need for:
PRAYING FOR YOUR MISSIONARIES, PARTNERS AND UNREACHED PEOPLES
LAUNCHING YOUR GLOBAL MISSION TEAM, OR STRENGTHENING AN EXISTING MISSION TEAM
DEVELOPING A FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH AN INDIGENOUS MINISTRY OR MISSIONARY
ADOPTING AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP AND HOLDING A SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL MISSION FESTIVAL
FINDING A SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS OR HELP IN ORGANIZING A FRUITFUL STM FROM YOUR CONGREGATION
WE ARE DEVELOPING A NATIONAL LUTHERAN MISSION NETWORKING DATABASE THAT WILL ROLL OUT LATER IN 2015!
PASTOR BILL & SALLY MOBERLY, Director
Pastor Bill Moberly is the Director of Awakening Lives to World Missions. ALWM exists to call, mobilize, equip and network congregations to actively respond to Jesus’ command to take the Gospel to the nations. He founded ALWM in 2007, while also serving as Director of East European Mission Network (EEMN). ALWM draws on his nearly 25 years of experience in helping churches across the US with their global mission outreach. He is the author of Igniting a Passion for Missions, a tool for congregational leaders. Pastor Moberly was Director of EEMN from 2004-2015, resigning in answer to God’s call to equip more
congregations in personal, practical and fruitful commitment to the Great Commission. He previously pastored Lutheran congregations in California, Illinois & Minnesota. He also was an associate professor at the Bible Institute of Hawaii (at that time a ministry of Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle) in the early 1980’s. He was the Midwest Regional Coordinator for AIMS (the Association of International Mission Services) Virginia Beach, VA during the early years following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Through AIMS he personally assisted in the planting of about 50 new churches in Russia.
Pastor Bill works with congregations across North America, and has traveled extensively overseas since 1990, with mission trips to Indonesia, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Haiti and Mexico. He attended Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota (BA, 1976) and Luther Theological Seminary (M. Div, 1981). Pastor Bill and his wife Sally were born and raised in Bloomington, MN. They have lived in Albuquerque, NM since 2006. They have been married 43 years, and have seven grown children. By the end of 2016 they will have sixteen grandchildren.
PASTOR TOM CURRY, Eastern US Regional Representative
Starting Jan. 1, Pastor Tom Curry joined ALWM as Eastern USA Regional Representative of ALWM. He and his wife, Rhonda, reside in Wabash, Indiana, where he is also Pastor of a mission church, the Living Faith Lutheran Church, NALC. He joined the NALC in 2014, and serves the NALC as a member of the International Missions Team.
The Currys have three children and six grandchildren. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Pastor Curry has been actively involved in ministry for thirty-five years serving two churches in the Midwest followed by five years as residential field missionaries with Friends of Hope. He did his undergraduate education at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) and Huntington Graduate School of Christian Ministry. He has an M.A. in Global Civilization through William Carey Int. University, Pasadena. In 1997, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the India Bible Institute, New Delhi.
Pastor Tom is quite excited about mobilizing churches for global missions. He will be coordinating short-term teaching opportunities for pastors and church leaders in developing nations, as well as assisting congregational leadership in developing a roadmap for participation in global missions. He states, “The teaching and training of pastors in developing nations is urgently needed. Many American pastors just don’t realize what they have to offer in the global Christian movement. Most pastors in the world have no seminary training and little opportunity for traditional seminary training. Mimicking Joel Osteen via a satellite dish is not the kind of ministry that will be long term and healthy.”
Pastor Curry can be contacted through email at PASTORTOM@ALWM.ORG or by calling directly at 765-310-1391.
A NOTE FROM TIM WHITE
Pastor – Trinity Lutheran Church
In 2006 the leadership of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbus, Nebraska knew we needed to take some steps to become more intimately connected to international mission work. For decades the congregation had dutifully funded missions through contributions to our synod. This was almost entirely the extent of our missions involvement. The year before I had heard Bill Moberly give a presentation about missions. I was most intrigued to learn that there were some very doable practical steps congregations could take to become more missions oriented and enthused. I knew this was what we were needing. When the opportunity presented itself to have Bill meet with some of our leaders and other interested Trinity members, I jumped at it. Since then, Bill and Sally Moberly have lovingly shared their wisdom from years of missionary experience with our congregation. Bill introduced with us to his 20 point plan for igniting a passion for world missions in the local church. Within months of working with Bill Moberly, Trinity had organized a Missions Board.
In just the first year of the Missions Board’s work they had organized a 5-day Missions Convention (the first ever in our congregation), and we sent a team of 7 people on a three week short-term trip to Russia. The Russia team was almost entirely supported by Trinity member contributions. Additionally, there has been generous financial support and prayer support for other missionaries and missions organizations. Our congregation now continuously supports ongoing work of missionaries in 6 countries, a Christian satellite broadcast outreach to multiple middle-eastern nations, and congregation members have personally traveled internationally in missions service each of the past eight years. After decades of denominational dependence for mission work (sending checks) we’re now doing what Christ commissioned His church to do, and we are healthier spiritually because of it.