The Collective Sending Potential of Smaller Churches

The Collective Sending Potential of Smaller Churches

Smaller churches are easily overshadowed by the sending capacity of big churches and sending agencies. But practically speaking, is this a sound way to think? In this article from our old blog, Zach Bradley interviews Pastor Luke Holmes to find out exactly how much we're losing out by ignoring the vast number of smaller churches, and he presents a few challenges to be overcome.

Involving the Entire Church, Part Three

Involving the Entire Church, Part Three

The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This is a series about Element 04: Involving the Entire Church. Building on the idea from Part Two that missions culture should be built slowly in order to permeate the entire church, this article gives a real-life example thanks to Antioch Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Involving the Entire Church, Part Two

Involving the Entire Church, Part Two

A few months ago, Larry McCrary, the director of Upstream, wrote an article called Slow-brew Missions. We all loved it, and in it he uses a vivid analogy for why it is a better approach to sending to first saturate the minds of every church member with mission identity. In this updated article, Larry explains how thinking holistically and having patience can result in a pervasive rather than limited church involvement.

Recommended Reading: "Delighting in the Trinity" by Michael Reeves

Recommended Reading: "Delighting in the Trinity" by Michael Reeves

At Upstream we sometimes point out that missions can get so practical, you have to trace backwards from a practice to find its root in theology. Well, there is no step behind our triune God for grounding our identity as senders and sent ones. For that reason, we love Michael Reeves' book, Delighting in the Trinity, and how it points us back to our sending God. This is a republication from our old blog.

Recommended Reading: "Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission" by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

Recommended Reading: "Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission" by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

In our aim to help every church see themselves as a sending church and every Christian as a sent one, we want to recommend great books to help along the way. From our old “Recommended Reading” series, Zach Bradley took a look at Tim Chester and Steve Timmis’ Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on MissionThis book is both a biblical and practical look at how churches can live out their faith in a post-Christian context.

Ask-a-Missiologist: Ken Winter on "Does a Pastor Really Have a Biblical Responsibility in Global Mission?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Ken Winter on "Does a Pastor Really Have a Biblical Responsibility in Global Mission?"

Does every single local church have to participate in global mission? What does partnership look like for pastors of a small churches? In this article of our Ask-a-Missiologist series, Ken Winter lays out a plain view of the Great Commission and the gift of pastors to the Church. The is a republication from our old blog.

Ask-a-Missiologist: Sean Benesh on "How Can Church Planters Think and Act Like Missionaries?"

Ask-a-Missiologist: Sean Benesh on "How Can Church Planters Think and Act Like Missionaries?"

In this article of our Ask-a-Missiologist series, Sean Benesh nudges us to realize that the difference between foreign missions and domestic church planting is not a matter of principle but scope. Why is there such a gulf in our minds between the activities and skills of a church planter and a missionary? Perhaps we can learn from each other and close the gap a little. This is a republication from our old blog.

 Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea from a Missionary

 Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea from a Missionary

Because of globalization the world is growing smaller, and more and more denominations and networks are planting churches internationally. This is excellent news and marks a step forward in closing an artificial gap between missions and church planting, but we still must pay attention to lessons learned for cross-cultural ministry. Alex Hawke shares the wisdom of a missionary with new church planters rising to the occasion.

Ask-a-Missiologist: J. D. Payne on “Is the Sending Church Conversation Only a Global Conversation?”

Ask-a-Missiologist: J. D. Payne on “Is the Sending Church Conversation Only a Global Conversation?”

When it comes to missions, we are used to thinking first in terms of geography. This is only natural given the history of modern missions, but is this the most helpful way for us to think about fulfilling the command to send in today's world? Missiologist J. D. Payne helps us to refocus our attention on the cultural and ethnic borders that need to be crossed with the gospel. This is a republication from our old blog.