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The Sending Church

ELEMENTS

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. 

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Download the Sending Church Elements Guide

2

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.

We ask you to start in prayer. Seek the Lord's wisdom and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Use the Sending Church Elements Guide to find what your church needs most right now. 

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Download resources to help you lead well

Click on the Element tiles below for a description of each of the elements. Create a free login with Upstream to access these free resources and preview the paid resources.

01

Cu

CULTIVATING

MISSION

AWARENESS

06

Ev

EVALUATING SENDING MODELS AND PARTNERS

10

Co

COMMISSIONING SENT-ONES

14

Iv

INVITING SENT-ONES INFLUENCE

 
02

Es

ESTABLISHING

MISSIONS

CONVICTION

07

Id

IDENTIFYING

SENT-ONES

11

Ge

GETTING

SENT-ONES

ESTABLISHED

15

Re

RECEIVING

SENT-ONES DURING REENTRY

03

De

DEVELOPING A VISION

08

As

ASSESSING
SENT-ONES

12

Pr

PROVIDING

ONGOING CARE

16

Is

INNOVATING

AS SENDING

CHURCHES

04

Bu

BUILDING A STRATEGY

09

Ds

DEVELOPING

SENT-ONES

13

Ma

MAINTAINING

STRATEGIC

FOCUS

17

Ic

INFLUENCING 

OTHER CHURCHES

05

In

INVOLVING THE ENTIRE CHURCH

4

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