Sending Church Resources

For the last nine months or so, we have been dealing a lot in theory here on the blog. We blogged word-for-word through our sending church definition. Hopefully, it has been an encouraging and helpful process for churches. We’ve had some good feedback, so it has been an encouraging and enriching process for us. We’d like […]

cross-culturally

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider sending churches’ ultimate goal in making disciples:   So this is the end. We have arrived at the final phrase of the definition that’s taken nine months to hash out. And perhaps no part is more […]

while making disciples

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider sending churches’ starting point for making disciples: Last week the International Mission Board, the world’s largest and perhaps most influential missions agency, made headlines when they announced (R)adical pastor David Platt as their new president. Despite […]

continuing to, part 2

This post is one in a series defining “sending church”. You can find the first post here. Today we consider what sending churches can do as they are “continuing to” encourage, support, and advocate for their sent ones: In the last post we considered the tremendous challenges that sent ones face when they return from the […]

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 […]