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DEVELOPING A SENDING PIPELINE

Does your church look at every single member as a potential sent one? How can you begin to cultivate that kind of culture? And what do you do with those who respond? We recommend developing a sending pipeline. This is a basic system for drawing people in and moving them through a clear, step-by-step process in being sent out on mission. It includes three critical phases: identification, assessment, and development. This free download includes an 7-page PDF guide and a .png graphic.

 
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ESTABLISHING ADVOCACY TEAMS

Advocacy Teams are simply a model many sending churches use to provide ongoing care for sent ones. These teams do not, however, care for sent ones so that no one else in the church has to. One of their most important responsibilities is representing sent ones and their needs before the rest of the church. Advocacy Teams have been proven to help maintain the kind of relationships that benefit both the sending church and the sent ones. This free download includes a 6-page PDF guide.

 
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establishing missions convictions

We believe every sending church needs missions convictions. In fact, that's often where our training and consulting begins. Missions convictions serve as guiding principles rooted in Scripture that inform the church's vision and strategy in local and global missions. Without such unifying convictions, churches will likely find themselves reactively responding to missions opportunities rather than proactively sending their members in strategic ways. This free download includes a 7-page PDF guide in how to get the process started. 

 
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Examples of missions convictions

We believe every sending church needs missions convictions. Failing to use them as a strategic map could lead to less impactful uses of the church's limited resources and fewer ongoing, reciprocal relationships with its sent ones. This 19-page PDF guide corresponds with the how-to guide above, Establishing Missions Convictions, and provides the missions convictions of five unique sending churches from around the country. 

 
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First 30 Daze Checklist

The first thirty days of a sent one's arrival in a new place has the power to shape their entire first term for better or worse. Unfortunately, many experience this tumultuous transition in a daze. Sending churches have the opportunity to help sent ones not only survive their landing in a new place, but to thrive there. This 3-page PDF checklist (take from our book The First 30 Daze) provides simple tasks that sent ones should seek to accomplish within their first thirty days.