This reposted article shows us that the words we use in vision casting matter. Matthew Bennett brings to our attention a specific motto that is often times used in our missionary efforts, and directs his readers to rethink how they talk about missions.
To be Christian is to be on mission, but how do we understand what our individual engagement should look like? How do we discern if we are live overseas? In this guest article, Matthew Bennett does a great job of leading his readers by asking good questions and bringing them into deeper understands the complex topic of calling.
Larry and Susan McCrary have moved overseas again, and they’re sharing their experience of transition with the world. This time, however, they’re more marketplace than missionary. In this article Larry provides a glimpse into their strategy for intentionally contributing and participating in people’s lives where they live, play, and work––and how that measures up with their past experience as traditional missionaries.
There are many things to consider when we are sending or being sent overseas. This download provides not only a list of the sent ones’ needs pre-feild, afield, and post-field, but gives space for noting who will be responsible for them: the sending church, the partner organization, or the sent one themselves. The checklist isn't comprehensive, but that’s because it’s meant to get you started in the right direction.
Fear of failure is a very real motivation for many of God’s people on mission–especially with eternal hell in view. But is this the best driving force behind our mission efforts? More importantly, is this a burden God made us to bear? In this article Content Manager and former sent one, Dan Bush, seeks to speak a better word to propel our sending.
Sometimes being sent demands a helipad, not a runway. Whether you are moving overseas with your job, studying abroad, retiring overseas, serving as a church planting core team member, or simply living with gospel intentionality, this weekend training intensive is for you. Our weekend long intensives prepare workers to go and provided them with the skills to stay overseas.
It’s easy to look at God’s global mission through an idealistic lens, as though it’s primarily a chance to really live on the edge of obedience and adventure. However, in this candid reflection from his time overseas, recently returned sent one, Dan Bush, describes his surprising and painful experience of death at the hands of the One who sent him.
When western Christians hear the term “Orthodox Christians,” many assume we hold in common the basics of our faith. One participant on a recent Jet Set Trip to southeastern Europe, however, realized this just isn’t always true. Read more to see how she is now applying that realization in the Deep South.
Carols and concerts, pageants and presents, food and more food. The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year for both the religious and secular as the spirit of Christmas seems to fill the air. And while many fight to keep Christ in Christmas, we must remember who this Christ is and why He came. Christmas is a reminder of the primacy of Jesus as the Sent One.
In 2018 Upstream team member and president of Equipped To Go, Inc, Debbie Stephens, led a group of women on a Jet Set Trip to southeastern Europe. Follow along as Debbie opens a series of articles about how the participants embraced missionary thought and practice in settings vastly different from their own.
This time of year is always a great opportunity to look back on God’s faithfulness & to look ahead with anticipation of what is to come. Upstream exists because of you— the Collective of practitioners and sent ones who help shape and put to use our content fueled by donors and partners like you who help make this happen. We were encouraged to look back on 2018 in this Year End Review and to share some exciting things coming up in the life of Upstream in 2019. We hope you are encouraged, as well, as we hope to resource you to live sent.
In this episode, we are joined by Travis McGowan, who has also appeared in one of our favorite articles from the blog series, Mobilizing Smaller Churches. Travis is a non-staff pastor at Sojourn Church New Albany who has thought a lot about God’s mission. Travis has developed a hermeneutic, or way of thinking about missions, based on Psalm 51, a confessional psalm (not usually a go-to passage for the topic of missions). So naturally, the folks at Upstream wanted to have him on the show to talk about it.
It takes a lot of work to move to another place on mission. Arriving well means leaving well, but what does that look like? It includes transitioning relationships, responsibilities, finances, housing, vehicles, wills, and all the paperwork that goes with it. Leaving is overwhelming! So we created this 2-page PDF as a literal checklist of each important task involved in leaving well.
Most pastors honestly don’t know where to begin in sending “non-traditional” workers overseas well. In today’s post, we share a recent podcast episode where Larry McCrary sits down with our own Bradley Bell to have a candid discussion of the learning curve this has been for Brad as he has stepped into his somewhat recent role as a Lead Pastor of a sending church. The two offer some helpful things to think through for pastors to be just as intentional with ‘alternative pathway’ sent ones as we are with traditional ones.