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Today’s All-Star Missions Churches by Tom Telford

You can always count on Upstream pointing you to great books. One that is a bit dated but remarkably helpful to the sending church conversation is Today’s All-Star Missions Churches: Strategies to Help Your Church Get into the Game by Tom Telford. Telford is the vice president of mobilization for United World Mission and has been working for years […]

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Free Resource: The Sending Process

As local churches take the lead role in sending their people cross-culturally, it means they’ll be more actively identifying, assessing, and developing potential sent ones. This is no easy business—even for the church that’s been doing it for years! Indeed, every believer can grow in the tradecraft necessary for living faithfully on mission in their neighborhoods, […]

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Adventures with Larry & Caleb: How Do You Involve Your Family in the Mission?

Upstream co-founders, Larry McCrary and Caleb Crider are living in very different places: for Larry, Madrid, Spain; for Caleb, Richmond, Virginia. Along with their families they’re not just teaching Tradecraft missionary skills, they’re also applying them. So we wanted to tap into their unique experiences, and at the same time parallel their local and global […]

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A Sending Church Cohort in Action

  As we encourage churches to consider and live out their sending identity, one of the best things we have to offer is actually something we can’t offer. When it comes to thinking through and applying sentness in their unique contexts, churches need each other. No book, blog, or consultant can replace the position and perspective of […]

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Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

You can always count on Upstream pointing you to great books. One that played a key role in the writing of our most recent book, The Sending Church Defined, was Michael Reeves’ Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith. Reeves is the Director of Union Theology, teaches at Wales Evangelical School of […]

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Sending Church Stories: Sojourn Community Church

One of the biggest perks at Upstream is encountering churches who are living our their sent identity. As part of our desire to encourage churches on mission, we want to put before you some of their stories—not as a way of saying, ‘This is what you should do,’ but rather, ‘This is what some friends of ours […]

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Revised Creation to Christ Story

I want to tell you a story. Perhaps the most thrilling part of being on mission is that moment you get to share the entire gospel with someone who’s eager to hear it. A common missionary skill that’s actually not covered in Tradecraft is storying. In addition to the Bible itself being mostly narrative, we […]

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Adventures with Larry & Caleb: How Did You Choose a Church?

Upstream co-founders, Larry McCrary and Caleb Crider, are living in very different places: for Larry, Madrid, Spain; for Caleb, Richmond, Virginia. Along with their families they’re not just teaching Tradecraft missionary skills, they’re also applying them. So we wanted to tap into their unique experiences, and at the same time parallel their local and global […]

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Sending Church Stories: College Park Church

One of the biggest perks at Upstream is encountering churches who are living our their sent identity. As part of our desire to encourage churches on mission, we want to put before you some of their stories—not as a way of saying, ‘This is what you should do,’ but rather, ‘This is what some friends of ours […]