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Sending Church Stories: What is a Vision Trip?

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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Adventures with Larry & Caleb: What are the Pros and Cons of Vocational Ministry?

Upstream co-founders, Larry McCrary (@LarryMcCrary) and Caleb Crider (@calebcrider) 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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Leading Overseas Teams, Part Three

This is the final of three posts from Upstream co-founder Larry McCrary (@LarryMcCrary) on leading teams in an overseas context. You can find the first post here and the second here. We will soon release this series as a free downloadable document on our Resources page. You don’t have to know everything! Your team members will come fitted with high […]

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Leading Overseas Teams, Part Two

This is one of three posts from Upstream co-founder Larry McCrary (@LarryMcCrary) on leading teams in an overseas context. You can find the first post here. We will soon release this series as a free downloadable document on our Resources page.  People want transparency in their leaders. People get very tired of the lack of vulnerability […]

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Leading Overseas Teams, Part One

This is one of three posts from Upstream co-founder @LarryMcCrary on leading teams in an overseas context. You can find the second post here and the third here. 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 […]

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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 […]