Andy Jansen

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.

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.

Involving the Entire Church, Part Four

Involving the Entire Church, Part Four

In the first two parts of this series we said that before you can start doing well together on mission, you must first embody being on mission. We don’t send well until a sent identity has collectively permeated our minds and hearts. In part three we examined an actual church that keeps its staffing and programming low because they want to see regular members bearing the load of ministry to their neighbors. This week we will dig further into practical ways to involve the entire church in a sending vision.

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.

Sending Church Stories: How a Culture of Missions Produces Fruit

Sending Church Stories: How a Culture of Missions Produces Fruit

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.

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.