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The Sending Church


Wouldn't it be nice if there was a framework for growing as a sending church? Something churches could use to identify their strengths and weaknesses in missions? Now there is. 

We call them The Sending Church Elements. 

We have identified 4 phases divided into 17 elements that make up healthy sending churches. The description of each Element can be found below. We encourage you to download the Elements Guide for free, use them to self-assess your church, and let us know how we can help. We'll even provide a free 30-minute consultation with an Upstream leader. Simply contact us to schedule it. 


Download the Sending Church Elements Guide

As you read, Identify your church's developmental needs. Whether your church is just getting started in your missional development or an experienced sending church, we offer resources that can help you lead your church well in mission.


Download resources to help you lead well

Upstream has become known as a collective of missiologically forward-thinkers who produce practical content. Click on the Element tiles below for a description of each of the elements, free resources, and paid membership resources. Become a Subscriber to get one of the paid resources for free. Become a Paid Member to gain access to all of Upstream's Articles & Trainings.

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Check out free resources

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