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.


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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Books Pastors Should Read

Books Pastors Should Read

There are plenty of resources about becoming a sending church. For starters…here are a few books you might consider for your reading list…

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The Future of Missions

The Future of Missions

If we are to believe the sounds of alarm, missions from the U.S. is on the decline. Unfortunately, few studies have been done to affirm or deny this perception. In preparation for this article, my research revealed many opinions and few numbers; when numbers were provided, usually they were skewed by a general definition of…

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

“Out of sight, out of mind.” We all know that the proverb is often too true. Maintaining long-distance relationships usually takes time and effort. Yet, perhaps even more than financial support, what many missionaries most desperately need are meaningful relationships—particularly with sending and partner churches on whose behalf the missionary is supposed to be serving….

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The Value of a Soul

The Value of a Soul

Matthew 16:26 is sometimes obscured by the epic texts that surround it. Matthew 16 contains Peter’s proclamation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God (v. 16). It contains Jesus’ promise to build His church and lay siege to hell (v. 18). It contains Jesus’ first prediction of His approaching passion (v….

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