Category - Sending Churches

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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

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

A small white boat gets ready to set sail in its commissioning service
The launching point of a ship's service is its "commissioning". When a new missionary is going abroad, it is important that they also 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

Sending Church
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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