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Leading Overseas Teams, Part One

This is one of three posts from Upstream co-founder Larry McCrary on leading teams in an overseas context. We will soon release this series as a free downloadable document on our Resources page.  I (Larry McCrary) have been a part of overseas teams with my family since 2001. Though there are many leadership resources from […]

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Ask-a-Missiologist: Does Sending Church Exclude the Universal Church and Parachurch?

Ask-a-Missiologist is a newly featured series in which we do just that—ask a missiologist a current pressing missiological question. This week we’re asking our very own Caleb Crider about something that’s been voiced recently: “Does the sending church conversation unhelpfully exclude or deemphasize the universal church or the parachurch?” Please respond in the comments below or on social […]

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Now in Print: The Sending Church Defined

Earlier this year, we were excited to release The Sending Church Defined in a digital format. A lot of prayer, study, and hard work went into its production, and it has been an incredible encouragement to hear from churches who found it challenging and useful. Many of those churches said they want to make further use of it […]

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Free Resource: Advocacy Teams

When I was six years old my parents accidentally forgot me at a church service. Both of them had driven that day, and simply pulled away thinking I was in the other vehicle. Meanwhile, I sat happily on the front steps, waving goodbye to friends. At first the autonomy of it all was pretty cool. But when […]

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Adventures with Larry & Caleb: How Do You Relate to Your Sending 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 perspectives. […]

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Sending Church Stories: Antioch 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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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 […]