Apoluo

The Greek verb “apoluo” (to send away) is used in a positive sense in Acts 13:3 when the church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. This blog is designed to help churches select, train, and send missionaries to the harvest fields of souls.


Resources to Help a Busy Pastor Train Leaders

Resources to Help a Busy Pastor Train Leaders

There is no question that a major part of a pastor’s job description is to “equip the saints for ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-12). The wonderful thing is that there are abundant resources to help a busy pastor accomplish this. Here are some recommendations of ways to train leaders in your church. The following descriptions are based…

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How to Intern Potential Missionaries

How to Intern Potential Missionaries

In addition to theological training, potential missionaries need practical experience. The church is God’s vehicle for discipling new missionaries in an environment of learning, accountability, and service. In this short video you’ll learn of the approach of one church that used an informal and relational internship program, two years in length, based upon three key…

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What’s Missing?

What’s Missing?

There really is a missing link! Not the kind espoused by Darwin but rather in how we train others for ministry. In the church we have tended to take the “training” out of “training.” It is rare to find equipping that includes training in our educational institutions or churches. We are great at the academics…

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Sending Your BEST Will Cost You

Sending Your BEST Will Cost You

If it isn’t a sacrifice to send a missionary from your church, you are sending the wrong person. It should be painful. They should leave a gap. If they are loved and an integral part of your church it will be difficult to send them off. We wouldn’t say this out loud, but perhaps have…

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Missionaries Escape Boundaries

Missionaries Escape Boundaries

Well, did that title catch your attention? However, it is easy to develop the premise. Every missionary leaves their Jerusalem (the place where they live and church they attend) to enter their Judea (within their state), their Samaria (within their country) and the uttermost parts (crossing borders into some other country). The Great Commission calls…

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Where Did Your Church Leaders Come From?

Where Did Your Church Leaders Come From?

Not too long ago, when I was in another country, I met with a local pastor and the elders of the church. The thing that captured my attention was that the pastor had led all these men to Christ, discipled them, and trained them to be church leaders. I have to admit that I don’t…

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7 Ways Your Local Church Can Send Missionaries

7 Ways Your Local Church Can Send Missionaries

So your church wants to be involved in training and sending missionaries. You’ve caught a vision for why local churches should take an active role in sending forth laborers into the harvest. But how do you go about doing that? Here are seven specific action steps you can take: 1. Create a church environment that…

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Is Every Christian a Missionary?

Is Every Christian a Missionary?

“You are either a missionary or a mission field”… is that an accurate statement? Should every believer be a missionary or is there a special category of believers that fit that title? In Matthew 19:29 Jesus spoke of some who would leave “houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands,…

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More Than a Badge of Honor

More Than a Badge of Honor

American faith-based missions ask the sending church to commission and send, but they expect the missionary to secure his own support by appealing to other local churches. Denominations like SBC/IMB receive funding from their churches and then make the decisions about who to send. A ministry of BMW, working with national churches in closed countries…

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Bella Vista: The Beautiful View of God’s Work

Bella Vista: The Beautiful View of God’s Work

In a previous era, Christians delegated the development of ministry leaders and missionaries to Bible colleges and other Christian organizations. These institutions serve an essential role in the Christian life and in no way do I want to minimize that. However, I would tell you that Christian leaders are primarily developed in the church and…

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