Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

The following is book we heartily recommend to churches who are reclaiming their birthright as the leaders in Christ’s mission. You can find an extensive list of other great texts on our Resources page. Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012). I don’t know about you, but when it comes […]

Not Just a Program…

We have been really, really busy around here lately. We’ve had a couple of roundtable events, a jet set, friends mapping their cities, a forth-coming ebook in production, a workbook on the way, several PDX loft events, all the while sending one of our leaders back to Europe to live and work. It seems like […]

Understanding what a culture values

As I sat down to write this I glanced at the cup of steaming hot water I’d prepared. I already loved drinking hot water before I arrived in Asia, and when I learned that in my new neck of the woods hot water is traditionally offered to one’s guests, I couldn’t help but feel thankful […]

Sending Church Resource: Other Missionaries

We’ve been posting the last few weeks about particular resources we believe are useful for sending churches, and all of them have been books up to now. One of the greatest resources we have in thinking and acting like missionaries, however, is other people who think and act like missionaries. For that reason, we are incredibly […]

A new missionary uses Tradecraft to map her city in Asia

“Welcome to a place you know nothing about, Audrey.” A self-directed thought to help brace me for the next few months of my life. I don’t know the language, the transportation system, or the layout of my neighborhood. I need help getting a phone plan, reading a menu, and buying an apple. This may become […]

Don’t give into assumptions

This week on the Upstream blog, we are  featuring an entirely new set of voices. A few months ago, we asked our readers to submit applications to become our Tradecraft bloggers. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you new posts from each of our guest Tradecraft bloggers. […]

Tradecraft Mapping: How to get started

This week on the Upstream blog, we are going to feature an entirely new set of voices. A few months ago, we asked our readers to submit applications to become our Tradecraft bloggers. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you new posts from each of our guest […]

The Mission of God (and God’s People)

I sat down to coffee with a good friend last week to catch up and chat and dream a little bit about how we might change the world. I don’t know that we really answered that definitively, but he did at least pose a rather astute question. We were talking about the tendency of churches […]

Understanding the City Matters to Sending Churches

Surprisingly, to me at least, a lot of people do not really like cities. What’s even more surprising is the number of missionaries that I run into who feel the same. I’ll never forget the image of an openly honest conversation with a group of missionaries who currently minister in some of the largest global […]