continuing to, part 1

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider the challenges facing sending churches as they are “continuing to” encourage, support, and advocate for their sent ones:  Ebola. Who’s ready to get that? Missionaries to Liberia, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, certainly weren’t. And odds […]

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It’s time we let you in on a little secret: the skills we teach in Tradecraft are actually pretty helpful. So helpful, in fact that one entire church utilized the skills of Mapping to rethink how they were engaging an area of town. Pretty sweet, right? You may think we’re sounding pretty cocky. But really, […]

advocate

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “advocate,” how the church organizes their support for sent ones:   Over the past two weeks we’ve talked a lot about missionary care. The point has been made. No one’s saying that churches shouldn’t support their […]

support

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “support,” how the church empowers those sent out:   Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. […]

encourage

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider “encourage,” the church’s first step in supporting those sent out:   I feel so alone. I write home and no one responds. Is anyone praying? Does anyone care? I’m about to wave the white flag—wait, I think I’m […]

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 […]