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.
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.
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.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This series describes the importance of Element 01: Cultivating Missions Awareness. In Part Four, Zach Bradley explains how to cultivate missions awareness through preaching, prayer, discipleship, and sent ones.
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.
Sometimes well-intentioned short-term mission trips end in unintentional disaster. Certain hardships can be avoided with a measure of planning. Other times, we create our own problems when we cling to unrealistic expectations. In this guest post, Terry L. Brown shares a practical checklist and some lessons in expectations to prepare for short term missions.
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.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This series describes the importance of Element 01: Cultivating Missions Awareness. In Part Three, Zach Bradley unpacks cultivating missions awareness by knowing God's heart and mission, knowing your context, and knowing the world and its needs.
Is it really possible for a young church plant to be significantly involved in cross-cultural sending? How could this benefit the efforts of a church planter in his own local mission? Andy Jansen talks with Dustin Crawford from Refuge Church in Atlanta, GA and one of their sent ones, JB, to hear how God is working to weave their stories together.
The Sending Church Elements are a framework for growing as a sending church. This series describes the importance of Element 01: Cultivating Missions Awareness. In Part Two, Larry McCrary clarifies the biggest challenge for Cultivating Missions Awareness in a local church.
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.
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.
It's easy in missions to lean into our own strengths to try to get the job done. This simply makes sense, but sometimes God would use unexpected means to advance his kingdom. In this guest article Josh Baylor considers his situation and the refugees in Germany, thinking about God's tendency to use the marginalized and implications for how we must trust Him.
Shouldn't our sent ones be the very best we have to offer? What if there was an incredible asset, a glaring opportunity, that we have largely been ignoring? In light of a changing landscape and globalization, Larry McCrary examines some of the advantages sending through the marketplace can have over more traditional pathways.
Sometimes we can become so focused on the task of evangelism, that we do not stop to ponder how our message is communicating. Do they even understand our vocabulary? Are we explaining our message fully? Andy Jansen continues this series, reflecting on a recent experience conversing with a couple missionaries.
Big news! We are releasing a new ebook, titled Receiving Sent Ones During Reentry: The Challenges of Returning "Home" and How Churches Can Help. Beginning this Wednesday, February 15, you can purchase and download this ebook for $3.99 from Amazon for Kindle.