Category - Sending Churches

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10 Ways to Support a Missionary this Christmas
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4 Myths That Keep Your Church From Having a Missions Strategy
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4 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Future Missionaries [Free Resource]
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How to Involve Your Church in Your Missions Journey
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9 Things Your Missionary Wants in a Care Package
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How to Develop a Church Missions Strategy That Works
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8 Ways to Serve Missionaries on Home Assignment
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Supporting Missionaries is More Than Writing a Check
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To Send Missionaries is to Pray
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What Does it Mean to be Sent?

10 Ways to Support a Missionary this Christmas

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The holidays are a joyful, yet challenging time for many missionaries. Read 10 unique ways to give a missionary support this Christmas.

For many missionaries, the Christmas season is full of opportunities to share the gospel with people in their community. While the holidays bring many joyful activities, they can also magnify feelings of homesickness for some missionaries. We’ve put together a list of 10 unique ways to give your missionaries support this Christmas. 1.  Add them to your Christmas card list. As you address your Christmas cards, be sure to include the missionary families you know. This keeps them connected with your family and lets them know you are thinking about them this holiday season! TIP: Ask your missionary or their…

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4 Myths That Keep Your Church From Having a Missions Strategy

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Having a clear church missions strategy leads to more meaningful and effective ministry. So why don’t 40 percent of churches have one? Photo by TEAM

A recent survey suggested that 40 percent of evangelical churches in America don’t have a written strategy guiding their missions work. The survey also suggested that the 60 percent of churches that do have a written strategy are markedly more engaged in international work than those without a written strategy. This shouldn’t surprise us. A vision doesn’t always spark action, but it’s still true that action nearly always follows vision. If you need help developing a mission strategy, these pointers might be helpful, or you could subscribe to our monthly missions resource for churches.  But before you get there, it’s worth…

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4 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Future Missionaries [Free Resource]

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Pastors and church leaders, you are key players in preparing a potential missionary for cross-cultural service. Here are actionable ways you can shepherd missionaries in your church. Photo by TEAM

Someone comes to you, their pastor, and says they feel called to ministry. That’s awesome! But what can your church do from there? The temptation could be to send potential missionaries from your church to a missions agency and let the organization take care of the rest. While agencies have valuable resources for churches, many agencies agree: The local church is the one God has called and equipped to fulfill the Great Commission. That means the church gets to play an important role in assessing and preparing missionary candidates for global ministry. Below are four areas where church participation and support…

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How to Involve Your Church in Your Missions Journey

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Interested in pursuing missions? God has ordained the church to walk with you and send you. Photo by TEAM

Whether you perceived it through a gentle whisper or a monumental experience, when God grips your heart for overseas missions, you know. This is a wonderful, yet also uncertain realization, as it leaves you thinking, “Now what?” What do you do with this interest? First, know that even though this may be a time of uncertainty, you can be encouraged that you are not alone in this endeavor. Second, don’t wait to start the conversation with your church. Too many times, people don’t have these conversations with their churches. Or they wait until they are at the point in the…

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9 Things Your Missionary Wants in a Care Package

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A care package is a tangible way for the church to remind a missionary that they are cherished and supported.

Missionaries pack their bags eager to forsake familiar comforts for the sake of the gospel. Even so, when weariness sets in, a well-timed care package can be the encouragement your missionary needs. Read through these tips and tricks to curate a care package for a missionary you know. Before You Send Your Care Package International shipping is nuanced. So, before you spend time and money, ask your missionary to answer these questions: What is your shipping address? Find out from your missionary exactly how to fill out the shipping label. Be sure to note if the address should be in English…

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How to Develop a Church Missions Strategy That Works

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Building a global missions strategy is not about a bigger budget. It's about greater intention. Read five ways to your church can create a successful missions strategy. Photo by TEAM

Your church probably doesn’t have a global missions strategy. And sadly, you aren’t alone. The truth is that most churches don’t have a strategy for their global involvement. As a result, many simply aren’t engaged overseas. Those who are are more likely to answer a question about their strategy by telling you how big their “missions budget” is. Whether your church gives $500 or $1 million per year to missions, the real question isn’t how much you’re giving, but how you’re giving it.  There are lots of ways to build a great global missions strategy. For now, I’d like to…

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8 Ways to Serve Missionaries on Home Assignment

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Home assignment for missionaries is a time that should be restful, but for many it is chaotic and stressful. Here are eight ways you can meaningfully serve a missionary on home assignment. Photo by TEAM

Missionary home assignment is a time when missionaries return to their sending country to rest, refocus and connect with their support base. While a big goal of missionary home assignment is time to recharge before heading back to the mission field, many missionaries will tell you home assignment is not always relaxing. Traveling around their home country to see family, friends, supporters and sending churches can be wonderful, but it can also be tiring. Here are a few ways to serve missionaries on home assignment. 1. Arrange for Their Transportation Since many missionaries won’t have a car in North America,…

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Supporting Missionaries is More Than Writing a Check

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Finances are just one of many ways that you can be supporting missionaries around the world.

This post is the third in a three-part series exploring the role of the sending church in missions. Catch Part I and Part II here. The following is an excerpt from The Sending Church Defined, written by Upstream Collective. It can be purchased in print. A Sending Church is a local community of Christ-followers who have made a covenant together to be prayerful, deliberate, and proactive in developing, commissioning, and sending their own members both locally and globally, often in partnership with other churches or agencies, and continuing to encourage, support, and advocate for them while making disciples cross-culturally. Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for…

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To Send Missionaries is to Pray

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Prayer is not merely the entry point of missions in a sending church. It’s the foundation for every element of sending. Photo by TEAM

This post is the second in a three-part series exploring the role of the sending church in missions. Read Part I or Part III. The following is an excerpt from The Sending Church Defined, written by Upstream Collective. It can be purchased in print. While at a secret meeting with house church leaders in an intensely persecuted region of China, missiologist Nik Ripken was asked a peculiar question: “Are the believers [in other countries] persecuted like we are?” Ripken answered yes, describing the kind of persecution taking place in two Middle Eastern countries. The group became eerily silent. Early the next morning Ripken was jarred…

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What Does it Mean to be Sent?

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The sending church, not missions agencies, send missionaries. So what does it mean to be sent?

This post is the first in a three-part series exploring the role of the sending church in missions. Skip ahead to Part II or Part III here. The following is an excerpt from The Sending Church Defined, written by Upstream Collective. It can be downloaded as a free e-book or purchased in print. Nothing Moves Without Being Sent What makes you go? Not in the “Go, therefore” or “Daddy, I gotta go!” sense, but just at the most basic level. Go. Move. Do something. Your brain sends signals to your body and it stands. Pretty simple, you know, except for the dozens of muscles…

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