Season 2 Ep 14: Missionaries Communicating Back Home in Today's World

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.

Today’s title may be a mouthful, but we promise it’s easy listening. We asked old school Upstream team member Julie Masson to share some of her marketing expertise during a conversation about missionary and supporter communication. Julie is now the Marketing Director for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of The Southern Baptist Convention . Whether you’re currently a sender or a sent one, today’s conversation is guaranteed to be good food for thought.

This episode was sponsored by our friends at Equipped to Go. Equipped to Go provides a number of services to individuals or groups desiring to be culturally adept while traveling, living and working in foreign countries.

Season 2 Ep 13: Serving as Senders: Missionary Care and the Letter of Philippians

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.

Neal Pirolo of Emmaus Road International joined us for a conversation about an often overlooked topic, serving as senders. The majority of Christians will serve in full-time missions roles overseas, yet we don’t often talk about those who stay even though they are integral to the health of the missionary. Neal has decades of experience serving as a missionary and a minister to missionaries. He is someone we at the Upstream Collective look up to and often reference his work.

This episode was sponsored by our friends at Equipped to Go. Equipped to Go provides a number of services to individuals or groups desiring to be culturally adept while traveling, living and working in foreign countries.

To dig deeper into this topic or to check out follow the links below:

-Emmaus Road International Website

-Neal’s book, Serving as Senders Today

-Our Free, Advocacy Teams resource

Season 2 Ep 12: The Future of the Missions Organization

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 are headed to the future! Eric King joins us from Richmond, VA for a conversation on the future of the missions organization. Eric has years of experience in missions and is now the director of church relations and mobilization for Send International. Eric & Brad both have varied experiences serving through missions and the local church, making for rich conversation on this subject.

Season 2 Ep 11: Leading Missions in a Multisite 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.

Nathan Sloan is back in the studio to join us for this conversation on leading missions within the context of a multisite church. Nathan has years of overseas ministry experience as well as years of being a missions pastor at Sojourn Church Midtown so he is able to come at this topic from a well informed position. Multisite churches come in many different shapes and sizes, similar to the issues they face. Nathan and Brad cover a wide array of questions and concerns listeners may have.

To dig deeper into this topic or to check out this episode’s sponsors, follow the links below:

-Multichurch by Gregg Allison & Brad House

-Establishing Missions Convictions (free document download)

-Sign up for our Missions Leader Cohort

-GivApp donate your spare change to your favorite nonprofit

Season 2 Ep 10: Today's Family on Mission

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, Kyle Goen joins the gang from Life Point Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, where he is the executive pastor of ministries. Kyle Goen has years of experience in ministry both domestically and abroad, serving with his family. In today’s conversation Kyle speaks on the importance of health within the family and how parents who feel called to serve abroad may include their children in the work and give them a voice in what’s happening in the life of their family.

Our Sponsors & Further Resources:

-The Sending Church by Pat Hood

-Equipped to Go

-Family Cast with Kyle & Amy Goen

Season 2 Ep 9: Mobilizing the Church for Marketplace Missions

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.

Hello, Upstream Podcast listeners! We are back from our mid-season hiatus. Thank you for sticking with us. We have rethought some things about the podcast and plan to start a new release schedule of one guaranteed episode per month with the occasional bi-weekly episode.

This week on the show we are joined remotely by Mike who is a pastor of missions at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. Years ago, Mike felt led to help his church rethink the way they did missions. Missionaries are sent out to be a part of international revenue generating businesses created by those in the church. The profit made by these businesses goes directly to the ministry and funding the missionaries’ stay, created a self-sufficient model for missions within their local church. Mike shares with the listeners what it was like to approach his congregation with this idea and he and Brad discuss in more detail what it could be like for this kind of approach to become common place.

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Season 2 Ep 8: The Single Sent One

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 discuss singleness on (and off) the mission field. Our guest for this conversation was Dan Bush. Dan is Upstream’s newest team member and a recently returned missionary (who is also single). Brad wasn’t here for this conversation, so Tabitha took the hosting wheel. As Upstream’s only single team members (ironic?), Tabitha & Dan were able to draw on experience to provide the listeners with a rich conversation.

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Season 2 Ep 7: Sending & The Holy Spirit

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 are joined by Dr. Gregg Allison, a friend of Upstream with a lengthy list of titles. Among other things, Gregg is a professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, author of Historical Theology and Sojourners and Strangers, an elder at Sojourn Community Church East, as well as a former missionary to Switzerland and Italy with his wife for many years. Gregg and Brad look at the book of Acts and discuss the Holy Spirit and sending out of missionaries. Due to a technical difficulty, the interview with Gregg does not start at the beginning of our conversation but it was a rich conversation that we still wanted to be able to share.

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Season 2 Ep 6: An Upstream Missions Hermeneutic

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 are joined by Travis McGowan, who has also appeared in one of our favorite articles from the blog series, Mobilizing Smaller Churches. Travis is a non-staff pastor at Sojourn Church New Albany who has thought a lot about God’s mission. Travis has developed a hermeneutic, or way of thinking about missions, based on Psalm 51, a confessional psalm (not usually a go-to passage for the topic of missions). So naturally, the folks at Upstream wanted to have him on the show to talk about it.

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Season 2 Ep 5: How Not to Send Marketplace Workers

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.

We’re back from our little thanksgiving break and here to give you another episode! Larry McCrarry, our co-founder and executive director, took the hosting reigns for this conversation and talks with our usual host, Brad Bell, about sending marketplace workers. As the head pastor of “sending church”, Antioch, this is a topic Brad has had to start thinking through. However, he admits that he has had much more experience with providing care to sent ones going overseas through a more traditional path. Listen as the two think through the nuances between caring for marketplace and traditional workers,the need for both of them, and the importance of truly valuing vocation.

Additional Resources:

-For more on relationships between sending churches, marketplace workers, and missionary teams check out Larry’s latest book, The Marketspace. -Purchase it on kindle for $6.99 here! -“Choosing Your Alternative Path” FREE download from The Upstream Collective

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Season 2 Ep 4: Church Planting as a Markteplace Worker

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, financial advisor and GivApp founder, Jason Hunsucker, joins Brad and Tabitha. As one of the founding pastors of Antioch Church, Jason has a decade of experience in planting churches while working full-time in the marketplace. Jason and Brad discuss the ups and downs of family, work, and ministry, as well as things they’ve learned along the way.

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Season 2 Ep 3: Gains & Losses in Missionary Care

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.


Larry, Susan, and Brad are back together for another episode. This time, the three of them sat down for a conversation on missionary care. The experience of the sent ones as well as the senders back at home is often bittersweet—and should be if the relationship is healthy. All three of this gang have been in the position of sender and sent one so they can speak to both sides of the situation. As with most things in life, Susan reminds us that relationship is key. We can’t know and understand each others’ needs outside of relationship with each other. Larry and Brad jump in and expand on this thought as well as others on the subject in this conversation.

Want more to dig deeper into this topic? Check out our “free downloads” page for multiple resources available at the click of your mouse! https://www.theupstreamcollective.org/freedownloads/

Season 2 Ep 2: How to Uniquely Care for Marketplace Workers

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 regulars, Larry & Susan McCrarry join Brad for a conversation on how to care for marketplace missionaries. Many churches often have a hard time navigating how to send and care for who we commonly refer to as “marketplace workers” or “marketplace missionaries” and Larry and Susan offer listeners perspective and knowledge that comes from years of experience living, serving and working abroad.

To dig deeper into this topic, check out The Marketplace by Larry McCrarry.

https://www.theupstreamcollective.org/the-market-space/the-marketspace-essential-relationships-between-the-sending-church-marketplace-worker-and-missionary-team-paperback

Season 2 Ep 1: Missions and Marriage

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 our first episode of season two, our host Brad interviews Lynn & Suzanne Groce who have decades of experience as a married couple devoted to full time missions. They discuss a number of things, including how the health of their marriage played into their commitment to missions & how churches can invest in the marriage of their sent ones.

Find the “Establishing Advocacy Teams” download mentioned in this episode here: https://www.theupstreamcollective.org/freedownloads/

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.