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Upstream is a collective of missiologically forward-thinkers who produce practical content. Click on the Element tiles below for:

  1. A description of each of the elements

  2. Three key free resources to help you understand and apply that element

  3. Paid membership resources

  4. Blog posts on the element

  5. Free resources from churches

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. 

Become a Subscriber to get one of the paid resources for free. Become a Paid Member to gain access to all of Upstream's Articles & Trainings.

Sending Church


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06 - Evaluating Sending Pathways & Partn
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Not sure which element your topic of interest fall into? Click through the following pages based on common sending church themes. These pages will also include top three free resources for that them, as well as paid articles and training, blog posts, and resources from churches.

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