A New Book

“Quite honestly, I’m a little shocked that more people haven’t been offended by it,” I quipped to my friend. “Maybe they have, and just haven’t told you,” he replied. He noted that our name, the Upstream Collective, could be considered fairly offensive, because it implied something amiss within the current missions world. Fair enough. “If […]

What Global Terrorism Means for the Sending Church

Thursday, January 6, 2015  Two gunmen enter the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, France, killing twelve people including two police officers. The supposedly al-Qaeda-linked killers were taking revenge for published cartoons poking fun at Islam. Tuesday, December 16, 2014  Taliban militants take over a school in Peshawar, Pakistan and kill 145 people, most […]

The Sending Church Definition Bibliography

In just a few weeks we’re set to release a free ebook titled The Sending Church Definition. In anticipation we wanted to go ahead and give you the bibliography. A quick scroll down and you may be like, Whoa—monster book! But actually it’s a quick, easy read. We want you to be able to give it to your […]

Upstream & Downstream: A Review & Preview

Here’s some of the best Upstream had to offer in 2014: The Sending Church Definition – After bringing you a detailed definition from several leading churches, we endeavored to break down that definition word by word for as much clarity as possible. The Adventures of Larry & Caleb -  Our co-founders, Larry McCrary and Caleb Crider, took […]

A Christmas Meditation from Clark W. Griswold

Chances are, sometime this week you’ll take in some of the enduring words of Clark W. Griswold. Though the name may sound like a lesser known scholar, if you’ve owned a tv anytime since 1989 you know him as the befuddled dad from the beloved film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This movie is a pop culture Christmas classic in part […]

Free Resource: Caring for Your Returning Sent Ones

“When we send out the troops, they’re going to come back wounded,” says one veteran missions pastor. Just ask leaders at the Wounded Warrior Project, who say that almost 800,000 American veterans live with wounds, traumatic brain injuries, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Not to make an equal comparison by any means, but those sent far from home […]

It’s a Tradecraft Sale!

If you’ve been following us the past few months, you know that we sent out a bunch of Tradecraft Mapping Kits to bloggers around the world. Some went to rural Iowa and others went to Canada and East Asia. It’s been great to see how these men and women learned how to map their city. […]

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

The following is book we heartily recommend to churches who are reclaiming their birthright as the leaders in Christ’s mission. You can find an extensive list of other great texts on our Resources page. Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012). I don’t know about you, but when it comes […]