Category - Sending Churches

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To Send Missionaries is to Pray
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What Does it Mean to be Sent?
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How to Support Your Supporting Church
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Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other
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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary
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Just Church
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5 Tips for a Great Commissioning Service
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5 Practical Ways to Be a Great Sending Church

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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How to Support Your Supporting Church

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Your supporting church is spiritually and financially investing in your short-term missions trip. Here's tips on how you can support them, too. Photo by TEAM

As a logistics coordinator for short-term missions, I am constantly encouraged by the faith of the missionaries I work with. Recently, a short-term missionary I am working with came to me with one of the most beautiful questions I’ve been asked during my time with TEAM: “How can I bless my supporting church through my mission trip?” My heart soared. Here at TEAM, one of our highest values is the church from beginning to end. We engage existing churches in cooperative efforts to establish new reproducing churches worldwide. It is encouraging to know our short-term missionaries are just as passionate about strengthening the church as we are….

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Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other

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We are desperately in need of a more nuanced conversation around the topics of local and global mission. Photo courtesy of Melissa Barber

Mission agencies like TEAM exist because of our conviction that mission is incomplete if it ignores those beyond our immediate geographic reach. A critical aspect of the agency’s task within the church is to remind the larger community of far-flung needs that might otherwise be forgotten. We have beaten this drum loudly and persistently. In our passion to keep the global unreached in the North American church’s vision, however, we have sometimes encouraged the belief that international mission is of a higher order than domestic mission. We have inadvertently created the belief that international missionaries are the hardcore, the totally committed,…

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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary

There are many ways that you can care for the missionaries you are sending and impact the kingdom for good. Photo by TEAM

As believers, we are all called to reach the nations. This might mean a personal call to go, send, welcome, train or any number of other individual tasks. In all likelihood, we will each be called to serve in different ways at different times in our lives. While each of these tasks can feel a little daunting if we’re un-experienced, it is the “sending” role that leaves many of us particularly baffled. If you are in the role of sender, you may find yourself thinking, “There has to be more to this than simply writing a check.” You are so…

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Just Church

Church must be defined by the way believers function when they gather together and not by the organizational structures that facilitate the gathering. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

We asked Charles Davis, a retired TEAM missionary and author of Making Disciples Across Cultures (IVPress), to share about the modern understanding of church. This opinion column also appears in the spring 2015 issue of Horizons magazine. How can we go to church if we are the church? When we do go to church, how do we know a church is actually there? How can there be many churches when there is only “one body?” The modern understanding of the word “church” is flawed. For starters, it rarely appears without another adjective, such as mega, multi-site, small, universal, invisible, cell, emergent,…

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5 Tips for a Great Commissioning Service

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When a brand-new ship is ready to set sail, it is “commissioned.” It is the launching point of the ship’s active service. When a brand-new missionary is being deployed for service abroad, it is also important that they be commissioned. Photo by Robert Johnson /TEAM

When a brand-new ship is ready to set sail, it is “commissioned.” The event is arranged by the ship’s builders and shareholders and serves as a public declaration that the vessel is seaworthy and ready for the voyage. The commissioning is the launching point of the ship’s active service. When a brand-new missionary is being deployed for service abroad, it is also important that they are commissioned. There are some great things that you and your church can do to “launch” your missionary. A commissioning service is an important time for both a missionary and his or her sending church….

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5 Practical Ways to Be a Great Sending Church

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The prospect of sending missionaries can be intimidating - but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of things your church can do to help send well supported and prepared missionaries. / Photo courtesy of TEAM

Something exciting is happening at your church – you have members who want to serve God overseas! Having missionaries to send from your church is something to be thankful for, but it can also come with a lot of questions. What if your church body is new to sending, or hasn’t sent in a long time? What does your church need to do? Where should you step in? Where should you step back? What if your members aren’t experts on country-to-country moves? The prospect of sending missionaries can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots…

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