Sending Church Resource: Other Missionaries

We’ve been posting the last few weeks about particular resources we believe are useful for sending churches, and all of them have been books up to now. One of the greatest resources we have in thinking and acting like missionaries, however, is other people who think and act like missionaries. For that reason, we are incredibly […]

A new missionary uses Tradecraft to map her city in Asia

“Welcome to a place you know nothing about, Audrey.” A self-directed thought to help brace me for the next few months of my life. I don’t know the language, the transportation system, or the layout of my neighborhood. I need help getting a phone plan, reading a menu, and buying an apple. This may become […]

Don’t give into assumptions

This week on the Upstream blog, we are  featuring an entirely new set of voices. A few months ago, we asked our readers to submit applications to become our Tradecraft bloggers. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you new posts from each of our guest Tradecraft bloggers. […]

Tradecraft Mapping: How to get started

This week on the Upstream blog, we are going to feature an entirely new set of voices. A few months ago, we asked our readers to submit applications to become our Tradecraft bloggers. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you new posts from each of our guest […]

The Mission of God (and God’s People)

I sat down to coffee with a good friend last week to catch up and chat and dream a little bit about how we might change the world. I don’t know that we really answered that definitively, but he did at least pose a rather astute question. We were talking about the tendency of churches […]

Understanding the City Matters to Sending Churches

Surprisingly, to me at least, a lot of people do not really like cities. What’s even more surprising is the number of missionaries that I run into who feel the same. I’ll never forget the image of an openly honest conversation with a group of missionaries who currently minister in some of the largest global […]

God Who Sends

It’s a bit ironic, really, that I would start a series of posts on practical resources for the sending church as it pertains to written material with God Who Sends. “Why?” you might ask. An astute query. Because, sadly, God Who Sends is out of print. You can’t buy it any more. Well, you can […]

Sending Church Resources

For the last nine months or so, we have been dealing a lot in theory here on the blog. We blogged word-for-word through our sending church definition. Hopefully, it has been an encouraging and helpful process for churches. We’ve had some good feedback, so it has been an encouraging and enriching process for us. We’d like […]

cross-culturally

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider sending churches’ ultimate goal in making disciples:   So this is the end. We have arrived at the final phrase of the definition that’s taken nine months to hash out. And perhaps no part is more […]