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Tradecraft, Part Two

Let’s admit it, missions books just don’t have long tails. In other words, they’re not the most popular books out there. And what little attention does come their way often fizzles like a wet firework. We are humbled and delighted, therefore, that Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission continues to be a meaningful resource to […]

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Caring for the Missionary’s Soul

The following article was originally presented as a session at the Sending Church Roundtable hosted by Sojourn Community Church in April 2016. We are sharing it here as an example of customizable content for Roundtable events. Click here for upcoming Roundtables and information about bringing one to your city.   While living overseas I had the opportunity to […]

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Recommended Reading: “American Nations” by Colin Woodard

In the spirit of Independence Day we decided to celebrate by recommending a great American read: Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Convenient, right? A book about America on America’s big day. But what does that have to do with missions and churches? For American Christians, pretty […]

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The Dangers of #SendingChurch

The following article is from Nathan Garth, global missions pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It was originally presented as a session at the Sending Church Roundtable hosted by Sojourn in April 2016.    I love the sending church. That’s why I’ve devoted my life to it. So why would I want to talk about […]

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Adventures with Larry & Caleb: Series Conclusion

Throughout 2015 our most popular series followed the daily lives of Upstream co-founders, Larry McCrary (@LarryMcCrary) and Caleb Crider (@calebcrider). These authors of Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission showed us just how they apply such missionary skills in their unique contexts: Larry in Madrid, Spain and Caleb in Richmond, Virginia. Each month we hit […]

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Beyond Unreached People Groups, Part Three

This is a republication from Ernest Goodman’s missiological commentary, Missions, Misunderstood. It originally appeared under the title, “Callsourcing the Mission“. Though a few years old, the thinking was so upstream at the time that it still echoes with relevance today. Used with permission.   Human-sized hamster ball. Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Double Rainbow. At any given point […]

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Sending Church Roundtable Highlights

Did you miss our Sending Church Roundtable in Louisville, Kentucky? Never been to a Roundtable? Here’s a little recap just for you. What is a Sending Church Roundtable? Sending Church Roundtables are gatherings of church leaders who are eager to see their churches more involved and effective in God’s mission. We simply come alongside them to […]

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Beyond Unreached People Groups, Part Two

This is a republication from Ernest Goodman’s missiological commentary, Missions, Misunderstood. It originally appeared under the title, “Missiospeak“. Though a few years old, the thinking was so upstream at the time that it still echoes with relevance today. Used with permission.   In my last post, I summarized the origins of the current popular understanding of […]

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Returning Sent Ones: Series Conclusion

Returning Sent Ones is a series that addresses the critical, ever-relevant issue of global sent ones returning to their sending churches. This includes sent ones in the form of vocational missionaries, professionals, students, tourists, internationals, soldiers—anyone coming and going abroad with gospel intentionality. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and […]

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Returning Sent Ones: Church Discipline and Restoration

Returning Sent Ones is a series that addresses the critical, ever-relevant issue of global sent ones returning to their sending churches. This includes sent ones in the form of vocational missionaries, professionals, students, tourists, internationals, soldiers—anyone coming and going abroad with gospel intentionality. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and […]