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Returning Sent Ones: First 30 Daze Back, Part Two

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Returning Sent Ones: First 30 Daze Back, Part One

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Returning Sent Ones: In Their Own Words, Part Two

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Returning Sent Ones: In Their Own Words, Part One

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Returning Sent Ones: The Challenges of Coming “Home”

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Returning Sent Ones: Introduction to the Series

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. What is their experience like and how can the church both bless them and empower them in […]

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Beyond Unreached People Groups, Part One

This is a republication from Ernest Goodman’s missiological commentary, Missions, Misunderstood. It originally appeared under the title, “What Are We Saying?” Though a few years old, the thinking was so upstream at the time that it still echoes with relevance today. Used with permission.   I’d like to tackle the vocabulary of missions. What are […]

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Free Resources! (and some not free ones, too…)

The last couple of months here on the blog we’ve been discussing some very exciting changes for Upstream, from a relocation and re-focus for Larry to a shiny new partnership with Sojourn International. We’ve heard from a couple of different pastors about how Upstream has served their church families in mission. Today, we turn our focus […]

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Upstream and A Sending Church Journey

“Back-to-back posts from Lifepoint Church?” Astute question. Ten points for noticing, but this post is from a leader in a different LifePoint than our last post. Lane Harrison is the planter and lead pastor of LifePoint Church in Ozark, Missouri. He and his wife Christin have two incredible kids. He is a disciple-maker and a great Bible teacher. He […]