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 discover their strengths and weaknesses in missions? Now there is. We call them The Sending Church Elements. The Upstream Collective has identified 4 phases divided into 17 elements that make up healthy sending churches. We encourage you to download the Elements for free and use them to self-assess your church.
What are we supposed to do and where do we start? Has your church missions team wrestled with these questions as you try to make sense of what seems like a host of disconnected efforts in global outreach? Here’s a simple outline that may help you think through progressive steps in launching or rethinking your global engagement. We’ve included some suggestions about who should drive each step and starter questions.
I was standing in the immigration line at the airport with my family anxiously waiting whether or not they would let us back into our host country. To stay in the country we serve in, every six months we have to leave for at least one day and then come back. Recently many foreigners and gospel laborers have been denied reentry upon arrival. So it’s always an anxious guessing game. Will they let us back in or not? I have a confession to make. As I waited in line with my family, in my heart I secretly hoped they would not let us back in. There, I said it. This is the confession of a struggling, broken missionary.
Today, there are more than seven billion people in the world. Missiologists estimate that over 2.8 billion of those people have little to no access to the gospel. Practically, this means that billions of people are being born, living their entire lives, and dying without ever hearing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This reality cannot be tolerable to pastors and the people of God in the church. With this in mind, we want to share five things that your church—regardless of size, location, or situation—can do to get involved in God’s global mission.
A lot of people have the ambition to work as a missionary or tentmaker overseas, but few are preparing for it in the present. Here are 7 ways you can start getting serious about moving overseas, even if you won’t be leaving for a couple of years.
I was sunburning in a lawn chair when I heard a sermon that changed my life forever. A man I'd never seen before stood up and, with the full force of the Holy Spirit, convicted me to not waste my life. He talked about glory and Christ and seashells. It was convicting and compelling; I was eternally changed. I encourage you to dive deep into these resources from John Piper and Desiring God. It may very well change your life.
Purpose-driven church. Simple church. Organic church. Missional church. Deep church. Radical church. Transformational church. Total church. Sticky church. Tribal church. Mission-shaped church. Center church. Vertical church. Everyday church. Deliberate church. Gospel-centered church. Do we really need one more _________ church? “Yes!”
It’s been said that the church is to be judged not by its seating capacity but by its sending capacity. This was Jesus’s focus when telling his followers that they would do even “greater” works than he did. In this seminar, learn to inspire and equip your church to reach the city, engage the poor, and plant churches both domestically and internationally.