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.

What is the Marketspace?: The Three Spaces of Mission

What is the Marketspace?: The Three Spaces of Mission

Upstream has always been a voice in the conversation of helping churches and organizations consider alternative pathways to mission. The last decade of experience has led to our Executive Director, Larry McCrary's, forthcoming book The Marketspace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and Missionary Team. Today’s article is an except from the book as Larry outlines the 3 Spaces of Mission from Acts 17. 

Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Value of Marketplace Workers

Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Value of Marketplace Workers

Our Executive Director, Larry McCrary, corresponded recently with marketplace worker, Seth Kelly, about his journey in leveraging this vocation for the gospel. This conversation is an excellent example of the stories and 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.

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories Part Four

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories Part Four

This is the last of our four-part series of interviews zooming in on the development stage of the Sending Church Pipeline. Developing Sent Ones is one of the indispensable Sending Church Elements for being a healthy sending church. In this last interview, I wanted to get the insider perspective from a team leader in a more traditional, cross-cultural environment, so I corresponded with team leader, Chris Nelson.

Wisdom from the Field: A Snapshot of the Beauty of the Marketspace

Wisdom from the Field: A Snapshot of the Beauty of the Marketspace

Our Executive Director, Larry McCrary, corresponded recently with Melissa Fu to get deeper insight into the beauty of using your vocation cross-culturally intentionally on mission.
 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!

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories, Part Three

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories, Part Three

This series of interviews zooms in on the development stage of the Sending Church Pipeline. Developing Sent Ones is one of the indispensable Sending Church Elements for being a healthy sending church. At Upstream we value listening to others in order to hear about the reality beyond the theory. Previously, we have focused on church planters. This week, we pass the mic to a prospective missionary, who plans on working in the marketplace.

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories Part Two

Developing Sent Ones: Their Stories Part Two

This series of interviews zooms in on the development stage of the Sending Church Pipeline. Developing Sent Ones is one of the indispensable Sending Church Elements for being a healthy sending church. At Upstream we value passing the mic to others in order to hear about the reality beyond the theory. Last week Andy Jansen interviewed a prospective church planter, and this week he corresponds with Upstream’s own Derick Sherfey.

Growing in Missionary Care: Shepherding the Sent One's Soul

Growing in Missionary Care: Shepherding the Sent One's Soul

When it comes to caring for the missionary’s soul, pastors must know and love their people.
It must be a knowledge and love that stretches across time zones and sky miles. Staying connected will take great intentionality. Though there are numerous well-known stereotypes of missionaries, in reality no two missionaries are alike. They cannot be pastored according to processes and policies. They are people. They need to be known and pursued, not exalted nor presumed. In this post from our archives we look at the biblical vision of caring well for our sent ones.

A Life-Shaping Experience

A Life-Shaping Experience

The Upstream Collective is celebrating 10 Years of helping churches send locally and globally. We've asked people who have been part of The Collective over the years to share how God has used these efforts the past decade to help shape and empower them to live out their sent identity.

In this Guest Post from Marshall Dallas, long-time friend of Upstream and the Pastor of Preaching & Vision at Sojourn Montrose in Houston, Texas shares how God has used Upstream’s Jet Set Trips to shape the trajectory of life, calling, and ministry.

Recommended Reading: "Today's All-Star Missions Churches" by Tom Telford

Recommended Reading: "Today's All-Star Missions Churches" by Tom Telford

From the Archives: This post originally published in 2015 is about a book that is still great. You can always count on Upstream pointing you to great books. One that is a bit dated but remarkably helpful to the sending church conversation is Today’s All-Star Missions Churches: Strategies to Help Your Church Get into the Game by Tom Telford. Telford is the vice president of mobilization for United World Mission and has been working for years to empower churches on mission. 

What Church Leaders Should Look For in Potential Marketplace Workers

What Church Leaders Should Look For in Potential Marketplace Workers

As interest and opportunity continues grow for people to enter the global marketplace with gospel intentionality, what exactly should church leaders do to shepherd church members with such an interest? Using insights from his forthcoming book on the topic, The MarketSpace, Larry McCrary provides guidance for church leaders in assessing the readiness of their potential marketplace workers.