proactive

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “proactive,” the church as visionary:   A pastor of over thirty-five years sat down with a group of eager seminary students. Expecting to glean finely aged insight about how to make it in the big leagues, […]

deliberate

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “deliberate,” the church’s intentionality in sending:   They drew a line in the sand. That’s the pivotal moment in the nonfiction account (and recent film) titled Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, the last living member of […]

prayerful

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “prayerful,” the role of prayer in sending:   While at a secret meeting with house church leaders in an intensely persecuted region of China, missiologist Nik Ripken was asked a peculiar question: “Are the believers [in […]

to be

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “to be,” how the church sends and keeps sending:   Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus…and he reasoned daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all […]

together, part 2

  This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “together” for a second time, the benefits of communal mission:   My wife and I always argue over the movie Titanic. It comes up in conversation, she comments how sweet it was, and […]

together

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “together,” the kind of covenanting that leads the church into sending:   Superglue is pretty amazing stuff. Invented by accident, the powerful glop is now a bestie to surgeons, carpenters, and engineers. But you […]

covenant

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “covenant,” the intentional commitment that Christ-followers make to the church:   A sending church is all in. But a culture of sending only comes out of a culture of being all in. And being […]

Christ-followers

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “Christ-followers,” the sobering reality of the church following Jesus into his mission:   This post is one of desperation. If we breezed through all the previous topics and thought, ‘Yeah, we can do this,’ […]

community

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “community,” the fellowship at the heart of sending churches. The compelling miniseries Band of Brothers captured a new generation with its modern depiction of renowned US Army paratroopers of the 121st Airborne’s Easy Company […]

local

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. In today’s post, we consider “local,” the importance of the local church’s leadership in sending. An Evangelical firestorm commenced last week when story aficionado Donald Miller blogged a confession about why he doesn’t go to church very often, describing […]