with other churches or agencies, part 3

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider the third part of “with other churches or agencies,” the church’s partnership with other churches:   Partner – a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate. 2. a […]

with other churches or agencies, part 2

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider the second part of “with other churches or agencies,” the church’s partnership with locals and nationals:   Opinions were hurtling across the room as a few dozen North American mission leaders gathered in a narrow Manhattan boardroom. […]

with other churches or agencies, part 1

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider the first part of “with other churches or agencies,” the church’s partnership with mission agencies:   We at Upstream are all about churches reclaiming their identity as the leaders in mission. That’s why we’ve been working through […]

often in partnership

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “often in partnership,” the church’s calling to work with others:   It was third grade field day. About 102 degrees. Stands packed. I stood with three of my best friends, ready to conquer the four-man relay. […]

both locally and globally, part 2

  This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider part two of “both locally and globally,” the mutual benefits of sending the church to both the neighborhoods and the nations:   Last week we discussed the commission and opportunity set before the local church […]

both locally and globally, part 1

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider part one of “both locally and globally,” sending the church to both the neighborhoods and the nations:   Think globally, act locally. Chances are, you’ve heard this trendy phrase lately. Chances also are, like me you […]

An Update Re: Upstream…

Change is difficult; but, if it’s not changing, it’s not growing. Change is a way of life at Upstream. It is our norm. If we don’t like the way something is going, we can usually just give it 20 minutes or so. It will change.   Upstream, since inception, has been singularly focused on one […]

Resourcing Your Sent Ones Internationally

This week, we are taking a break from our Sending Church definition to start what will become a running commentary on the blog. Churches are exploring sending, and they are running into issues and questions. They are looking for answers to their questions, which are posed to us quite regularly. We’d like to begin a […]

sending their own members

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider churches “sending their own members” and do a little recap:   Can you believe we’ve been trekking through the sending church definition for over four months? We are now about halfway through it. So let’s […]

commissioning

                                                           Oswald J. Smith   This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “commissioning,” […]