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.