A Practical Way to Structure Your Church's Missionary Care

A Practical Way to Structure Your Church's Missionary Care

The Scriptures show us there is something special about the relationship between sending churches and sent ones, but maintaining that relationship across the miles and years is nearly impossible. In this article Zach Bradley describes a method for providing ongoing missionary care that is being used by sending churches around the country.

Embracing Spiritual Conviction Through Prayer: The Church's Steering Wheel

Embracing Spiritual Conviction Through Prayer: The Church's Steering Wheel

We often overestimate our ability to change what our hearts direct their affection towards via intellect or sheer will power. God's answer is the application of scriptural truth by the power of the Holy Spirit through meditation and prayer. God can not only use our personal prayer to reform our own hearts and develop a heart for the nations, God can even use our prayers to affect the prayer and life of our entire church. This article by Zach Bradley was previously published on our blog under a different title.

A Sending Church, Someday

A Sending Church, Someday

Wouldn't it be great to be part of a sending church? Maybe someday we will all have that pleasure. Or perhaps we could all compound our joy, today, if we lay hold of the church's identity rooted in our sending God. That's what Nathan Shaver encourages us to do in this article reframing how we should think about sentness and sending.

Loving Your Children Means Leading Them to Risk Everything

Loving Your Children Means Leading Them to Risk Everything

The calling toward missions is easier to accept in theory before the time comes to buy tickets and go. How much more true that must be for sending your own children? In this article Zach Bradley wrestles between his missions convictions and the concrete responsibility of his own parenthood.

Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger

Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger

Why are humans so drawn to glory? We dream dreams that are larger than life itself and set ourselves to accomplish monstrous tasks not fit for mortals. It's no different with God's mission; we really are too small to do what God asks us to do. In this article, Zach Bradley ponders the mysteries of a Great Father calling his little ones to participate in his Great Commission.

Embracing Spiritual Conviction, Part One

Embracing Spiritual Conviction, Part One

The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This is the first post in a series about Element 02: Embracing Spiritual Conviction. Andy Jansen explains how spiritual conviction awakens the heart's affections to God, the Holy Spirit's role in convicting through Scripture, the necessity of prayer, and the ongoing nature of repentance.

What Is a Missiologist, and Why Do They Matter?

What Is a Missiologist, and Why Do They Matter?

It's easy to bury simple meanings under terms like "missiologist" and "missiology," but these are helpful terms describing a necessary discipline. In fact, everybody has their own missiology, whether they have examined it closely or not. Caleb Crider breaks down this term, giving a brief overview, and explains how missiologists help all of us participate in God's mission.

The Mission of God and God's People [Recommended Reading]

The Mission of God and God's People [Recommended Reading]

In our current series on The Sending Church Elements, we have been talking about cultivating missions awareness. One of the first steps, we said, must be rooting your church's motivation toward mission in the mission of God. In this article, we take a look back at an old post by Rodney Calfee, which points to two excellent resources by Christopher Wright for developing a deep understanding of God's mission.

How to Flourish through “The First 30 Daze” in a New Culture [Book Review]

How to Flourish through “The First 30 Daze” in a New Culture [Book Review]

Getting off to a good start is crucial when it comes to living overseas, especially if we want to live out our faith intentionally, which is what the book First 30 Daze by Larry and Susan McCrary is all about. Ricky Don Willhelm has written this book review, and it is used with permission.

Imitate Me: Missionary Methods of Sinners and Saints, Part Three

Imitate Me: Missionary Methods of Sinners and Saints, Part Three

When we enter into discussions of methodology, we do not always finally get back to the reason behind the reason. We sometimes forget to ask what our goals are and what motivations lie behind why we do what we do. In this series conclusion, Andy Jansen rounds up some final thoughts about a recent experience conversing with a couple missionaries.

Cultivating Missions Awareness, Part One

Cultivating Missions Awareness, Part One

The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. They point out the strengths and weaknesses of churches in missions. Although The Sending Church Elements do not always describe linear steps, Cultivating Missions Awareness is a natural starting place for churches to take ownership of missions. This series addresses why being aware of God’s mission is important to missions, how to practically cultivate missions awareness in churches, and some of the most common challenges to accomplishing this.