Development Groups

Here you'll find high level descriptors of the Forum's Development Groups with contact information. The groups meet face to face once a year at the Annual Meeting and participants are welcome to join in their meeting,

Some groups meet more than once a year as circumstances permit, providing some continuity between Annual Meetings; and, each has a steering committee. Each year one Development Group takes responsibility for organising the program of the Annual Meeting. In 2019, this responsibility falls to the the Translation Development Group.

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Development Group Details

Scripture Engagement

Chair: Mariam Varghese, One Hope International

In 2019, we will be meeting to define future strategy. The expectation is that participants in the meeting are interested in the following:

  • Commitment to join a collaborative SEDG initiative for the next 3-5 years
  • Developing a cooperative strategy on how to best position the SEDG to support the mission of member agencies.
  • Exploring the ‘global marketplace for SE’ that involves other international agencies like Lausanne and WEA in a symposium that sits outside the FOBAI Annual Meeting model.
  • Working to develop frameworks for principles and practice for SE. Our goal is to meet regularly as a group to take this process forward.

Translation

Chair: Greg Pruett, Pioneer Bible Translators

The Translation Development Group members meet together to learn from each other how to maximize the worldwide access and impact of God’s Word through the work of Bible translation. We strategize together on how to avoid duplicating efforts and how to promote cooperation. We share translation resources and discuss best practices. The group relies on the expertise of the Deaf Development Group for advancing the work of Bible translation in sign languages.

Media

Chair: Tom Meiner, Jesus Film

The Media Development Group seeks to provide a venue for greater collaboration among the Bible Agencies that produce and distribute Biblical based visual and audio media products. The primary focus of the group will be products intended for distribution in multiple languages.

The group dedicates it’s time to the sharing of best practices, exploration of emerging technology, and networking among agencies facing the challenge of ministering among both oral and media sophisticated cultures. We seek to address common issues and challenges and together provide a greater voice to overcome them. Finally, we use our time to develop deeper relationships through prayer and encouragement of each other.

Deaf

Chair: Eiji Matsumoto, Asia Pacific Sign Langauge Development Association

The goal of the Deaf Development Group is to help Deaf ministries reach out to Deaf people around the world and to share the Good News in their own sign language.

The mission of the Deaf Development Group is to facilitate and oversee sign language translation centers around the world through three existing, independent entities - Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association, Americas Development of Sign Language Association, Europe Deaf Christian Association and Africa Deaf Mission Alliance. One important outcome is combating the sense of isolation that local national Deaf agencies have felt in the past.

The strategy is to grow the global network of partnerships through the Forum of Bible Agencies International. Two member agencies, DOOR International and Deaf Bible Society work exclusively in Deaf ministry. Other member agencies actively collaborating in Deaf ministry include Wycliffe, SIL, United Bible Societies and Pioneer Bible Translators.

The Deaf Development Group comes together to discuss and share information on developments best practice in sign language translation and Scripture engagement. This information is then cascaded through the wider network of agencies involved in Deaf ministry.

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