Free Download: Choosing Your Best Alternative Pathway to Mission

Free Download: Choosing Your Best Alternative Pathway to Mission

Are you looking for an alternative to serving as a traditional missionary? Are you considering how to best leverage your skills and season of life to advance God’s mission? Whether you are a student, retiree, business owner, artisan, teacher, freelancer, spouse of a visa holder, or just seeking a job transfer, this 1-page PDF chart can assist you in determining a realistic pathway forward.

Apprenticeship to Jesus Diagnostic: Part Two

Apprenticeship to Jesus Diagnostic: Part Two

Are we being faithful to do what Jesus has told us to do? Are we still growing in listening to God and his call on our lives for the next season? What are our metrics of success? How will we know if we're doing it? Derick Sherfey shares Part Two of a three part mini-series of a personal discipleship diagnostic flowing out of 10 convictions of a balanced pursuit of apprenticeship to the way of Jesus.

Apprenticeship to Jesus Diagnostic: Part One

Apprenticeship to Jesus Diagnostic: Part One

Are we being faithful to do what Jesus has told us to do? Are we still growing in listening to God and his call on our lives for the next season? What are our metrics of success? How will we know if we're doing it? Derick Sherfey shares Part One of a three part mini-series of a personal discipleship diagnostic flowing out of 10 convictions of a balanced pursuit of apprenticeship to the way of Jesus.

Profile of a Sent One

Profile of a Sent One

What constitutes the ideal missionary candidate? The goal is to send godly people who are both competent and effective in missionary service. Given that none of us are perfect and the fact that the body of Christ is made of up many different parts, each of which is important for the functioning of the body, we offer a sketch of key qualities and capabilities that would seem desirable in a cross-cultural ‘sent one.’

Stories from The Marketspace

Stories from The Marketspace

We sat down recently with a friend of Upstream to get deeper insight into the beauty of being called & equipped to serve overseas in The Marketspace.
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 This conversation is an excellent example of the stories & experiences which motivated Larry's forthcoming book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and Missionary Team set to release later this year!

Preparing for the Marketspace: Best Practices for Landing a Job || Part 2

Preparing for the Marketspace: Best Practices for Landing a Job || Part 2

It is not only important that a person find a legitimate reason to serve overseas, but he or she also has to find a way to stay there — a sustainable way for the amount of time he or she will be living abroad. In Larry McCrary’s new book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and the Missionary Team, discusses alternative pathways to enter into the Marketspace. Today is Part One of a Two Part series of best practices for preparing to find a job in a cross-cultural context.

Preparing for the Marketspace: Best Practices for Landing a Job || Part 1

Preparing for the Marketspace: Best Practices for Landing a Job || Part 1

It is not only important that a person find a legitimate reason to serve overseas, but he or she also has to find a way to stay there — a sustainable way for the amount of time he or she will be living abroad. In Larry McCrary’s new book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and the Missionary Team, discusses alternative pathways to enter into the Marketspace. Today is Part One of a Two Part series of best practices for preparing to find a job in a cross-cultural context.

Equip the Saints for [The Marketspace]

Equip the Saints for [The Marketspace]

Unfortunately, often we only celebrate the ones who are ordained and appointed to ‘gospel ministry.’ We miss the unbelievable opportunities in a global marketspace to make disciples. Today, Larry McCrary shares an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released book The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and the Missionary Team in which Larry looks at a biblical case study of what it means to leverage our vocations for God’s global glory.

Building a Team || Part 1

Building a Team || Part 1

The mission God has called us into is a communal activity. This means building teams is an essential component to our cross-cultural efforts. In this Part 1 of a post dug up from the archive, Jesse Eubanks lays out timeless wisdom as he shares a few ‘best practices’ of the way they cultivate team building in their social justice nonprofit, Love Thy Neighborhood.

God Wants To Use Your Job

God Wants To Use Your Job

Most missions organizations these days are talking about Business as Mission (BAM) as if it is a new venture — a new idea, and it very well may be for them. Business as Mission, however, is actually as old as the church’s mission. Consider the explosion of the early church in the book of Acts. How did it come to be? Today’s post dives into this question from Larry McCrary’s soon-to-be-released book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketspace Worker, and Missionary Team.

The Church as Missionary

The Church as Missionary

When the church is the missionary, it stops outsourcing mission to the "professionals." It takes responsibility and recognizes its purpose on this earth is to be an agent of redemption. When the church is the missionary, the only difference between "missionaries" in foreign lands and "the church" is location. In this post, Caleb Crider makes the case for why missionary skills aren’t just for people “over there,” but an essential piece to making disciples wherever we are.

An "AHA!" Moment

An "AHA!" Moment

“We are not innovators. God has been using businessmen and women for centuries to take the gospel to the nations.” In today’s post, Larry McCrary shares an excerpt from his forthcoming book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and the Missionary Team from his own story of discovering the necessity of mobilizing the marketspace for mission.

Cultivating a Healthy Posture Toward the Local Church Part 2

Cultivating a Healthy Posture Toward the Local Church Part 2

There is much written about the posture of the church toward the missionary, but very little about the missionary’s posture toward the church. Except for one notable book, that is: the Bible. It portrays so much regarding the missionary’s love for the church, an affection as zealous as that which burns in them for unreached people. In Part 2, Bradley Bell encourages a biblical paradigm for ‘sent ones’ intentional relationship with the Church. If you missed Part 1, grab it here.

Traditional vs. Alternative Paths to Mission

Traditional vs. Alternative Paths to Mission

We're excited for our Executive Director, Larry McCrary's, soon-to-be-released book, The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and Missionary Team. In anticipation of its release, we wanted to repost a resource we've shared over the years that has shaped this new book of the paradigm shift from 'traditional paths' to 'alternative paths' to mission. 

Cultivating a Healthy Posture Toward the Local Church Part 1

Cultivating a Healthy Posture Toward the Local Church Part 1

There is much written about the posture of the church toward the missionary, but very little about the missionary’s posture toward the church. Except for one notable book, that is: the Bible. It portrays so much regarding the missionary’s love for the church, an affection as zealous as that which burns in them for unreached people. In this post, Bradley Bell encourages a biblical paradigm for ‘sent ones’ intentional relationship with the Church.