Episode 17: Burnout and the Mission of God

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Andy Jansen takes over hosting and interviews Brad Bell. Unfortunately in the Church it's sometimes the case that a strong level of service is equated with mental an spiritual health. Brad graciously shares his personal experience through burnout to help break down this misconception and shed light on the need for good soul care within the church. 

A Life Overseas blog mentioned by Brad: http://www.alifeoverseas.com/

 

Episode 16: Increasing Sending Capacity

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

For this episode we dug into our archives and recovered a conversation Brad (who was still using the pseudonym Zach Bradley at the time), Larry McCrarry, and Nathan Garth had in 2017. During this episode the three discuss increasing sending capacity at your church and generally cultivating more interest in missions. The three have had experience in different environments and are able to speak into what increasing sending capacity looks like in a variety of different church environments. 

Episode 15: Assessment of Potential Leaders

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Brad is back (at least virtually) with Derick to discuss the topic of leader assessment. As a new church planter, Derick is able to pull much from his recent experience of going through an assessment before moving to Denver where his church plant, The Oaks Community Church is located.  The two discuss how assessment is needed for the church body to know the health and maturity of a Christian before they step into a leadership role as well as it's benefits to the person being assessed, part of which is a deeper knowledge one's story and how that plays out in relation to God and others. 

 

Episode 13: Missionary Care in the Local Church

Susan McCrarry joins Brad Bell for a conversation on missionary care in the local church in this episode. Susan and her husband Larry lived in Europe for over 15 years and they both have much wisdom to share from their experiences. 

During the episode, Susan references a couple resources she has found helpful on the topic. Those links are available for you right here! 

https://www.barnabasinitiatives.org

http://www.thecultureblend.com

 

Episode 11: Cultivating a Culture of Missions & Sending

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, we're back with the crew from Episode 9: The Pulpit and the Table. Our guests for this conversation were Derick Sherfey, pastor of The Oaks Community Church in Denver Colorado, Nathan Shaver, pastor of Christ Community Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Josh Baylor, a church planter in Dusseldorf, Germany. Larry McCrarry, Upstream's co-founder also joins our host Zach Bradley for this episode. This time, everyone is joined together for a conversation on cultivating a culture of missions in a church plant. 

Episode 10: What Does it Mean to be a Sending Church?

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

Andy Jansen, Upstream’s Content Manager hosts this episode of The Upstream Podcast where he and Zach Bradley discuss the term “Sending Church”. Hear them unpack what they mean by the term, what it is, and experience Zach has had in being a part of cultivating a “Sending Church” as the lead pastor of Antioch Church in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Check out The Sending Church Defined Here: 

Episode 9: The Pulpit and the Table

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode of the upstream podcast, we discuss church planting with three guests in different stages of church planting as well as different cultural contexts; Nathan Shaver, Josh Baylor, and Derick Sherfey. Join us as we share our thoughts on what has become the norm in church planting, verses what is "upstream". 

Episode 8: Why I Wouldn't Go on a Short Term Missions Trip

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

This episode of the Upstream Podcast features Rachel Hamm, who authored one of our most popular blog posts in 2017. It was titled, "Why I Wouldn't Go on a Short-Term Mission Trip". With the humor that matches her writing, Rachel shares why she was once opposed to becoming "one of those people" who are all about mission trips, and how she eventually became convinced that the mission of God is for everyone. 

Episode 7: Developing Today's Missions Leader Part 2

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Sojourn Community Church pastor of global missions Nathan Garth continues sharing his thoughts Upstream director of content strategy Zach Bradley on the topic of Developing Today's Mission Leader. In this dialogue, Zach and Nathan how today's missions leader can continually develop both spiritually and professionally.

Episode 6: Developing Today's Missions Leader

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Sojourn Community Church pastor of global missions Nathan Garth chats with Upstream director of content Zach Bradley on the topic of Developing Today's Mission Leader.  In this dialogue, Zach and Nathan discuss a working definition of today's mission leader using the 5 W's; Who, What, When, Where, and Why". 

Episode 5: Student Mobilization

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Upstream co-founder and IMB Leader of Instructional Design, Caleb Crider, chats with Upstream director of content Zach Bradley about mobilizing college students as sent ones. In this dialogue Caleb answers questions such as "How should students respond to the international students around them?" "What missions opportunities can students take advantage of?" "How do students choose between study abroad and mission trips?" "Can students really make an impact in such a transitory environment?" and "How should church leaders leverage students for God's mission?"

Episode 4: Cultural Exegesis

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Upstream co-founder and IMB Leader of Instructional Design, Caleb Crider, chats with Upstream director of content Zach Bradley about "cultural exegesis," a missionary skill addressed in Caleb's book, Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission. Cultural exegesis is a way of drawing out meaning from a culture so as to communicate the gospel in ways that can be heard and understood. Although the concept might appear to be complex and intimidating, Caleb unpacks it in such a way that any Christian may begin to exegete culture like a missionary. 

Episode 3: Short-Term Mission Trips

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Upstream co-founder Larry McCrary and Sojourn Community Church pastor of global missions Nathan Garth chat with Upstream director of content Zach Bradley on the polarizing topic of short-term mission trips. Beginning with some of the legitimate criticisms of short-term missions, the guys talk through a better, more strategic way forward in churches and missionaries leveraging short-term teams for long-term impact. 

Episode 2: Who Should We Send?

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this episode, Upstream co-founder and Instructional Design leader at the IMB, Caleb Crider, sits down with Upstream director of content, Zach Bradley, to discuss the difficult question of who is fit to be sent from churches as missionaries. Caleb takes time to acknowledge several past assumptions about the right kind of candidates, then advocates for a better, more biblical approach. 

Tradecraft Workbook Bonus Episode

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this bonus episode Upstream co-founder and executive director, Larry McCrary, and Upstream director of content, Zach Bradley, discuss everything you could ever want to know about Upstream's latest book, Tradecraft Workbook. As co-author (Larry) and editor (Zach) of the 300+ page textbook in missionary skills for every Christian, they explain the excitement behind bringing this five-year project to fruition. 

Episode 1: Welcome to the Upstream Podcast

The Upstream Podcast was created to share our rich conversations about sending churches with the world. For anyone passionate about the overlap between God’s church & God’s mission, this podcast will be great food for thought.

In this introductory episode, Upstream co-founder and executive director, Larry McCrary, offers a brief history of The Upstream Collective and gives reasons for launching a new podcast.