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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.


Parents of Missionaries

Parents of Missionaries

Parents of missionaries are the unsung heroes of the Great Commission. They sacrifice a lot for their kids to go to the mission field. An additional loss is being separated from their grandkids. We applaud missionaries who are willing to go, but that means others will be left behind. I didn’t fully appreciate the sacrifice…

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Missionaries: A Gift to the Church

Missionaries: A Gift to the Church

In Ephesians 4:11 we read the following words: 11 And He (Christ) Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,{NKJV}. The final marching orders of the Risen Christ…

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WYSIWYG on Short-Term Missions—NOT!

WYSIWYG on Short-Term Missions—NOT!

As summer draws near, plans, months in the making, come to fruition. Summer is that time of year that many churches embark on their annual overseas missions trip, performing a part to support missions in a global context. As it draws nearer, we have been asked what is one piece of advice we have for…

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Why People Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do

Why People Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do

A training manager constantly hears “We need training on X because people are not doing X”. It’s a natural supposition that if people are not doing X, it is because they don’t know how.   Robert Mager, in his book Analyzing Performance Problems —You Really Oughta Wanna, has spent years advising leaders how to get…

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Start Planting!

Start Planting!

There is nothing like eating tomatoes out of your own garden….The same thing happens when you grow your own missionaries!

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Missionaries

10 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Missionaries

The missionary life is unique carrying with it a set of burdens, stresses, and joys found only in itself. Having never engaged in missionary work, many people do not fully grasp the duties, decisions, and differences that exist from other lifestyles. Usually discussions about what missionaries do are met with a person’s preconceived notions. Even…

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Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part II)

Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part II)

As I outlined in Part I of this two part series, the list of 13 questions to consider in evaluating a short-term mission trip was in no particular order. While some might have seemed particularly negative, each will allow you to have a more complete picture of the ramifications of what you are actually considering….

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Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part I)

Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part I)

Short-Term Mission’s Trips (STM) are often embarked upon with only a minimal reflection on the implications. It may be in response to a picture or story of a needy child. It might come as the result of reading a prayer letter or simply because of vaguely remembered awareness of a country or people. Sometimes it…

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13 The Beginning of the End: 7 Metrics of a Sending Church (Part 1)

If I were to guess, having read only the first couple of chapters of Acts, from where God would launch His international missionary venture, I would have to say, “Well, from Jerusalem—where else?” It seems like a logical choice. So much happened there, after all—the Triumphal Entry, the passion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus,…

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It’s Not Wrong; It’s Just Different!

It’s Not Wrong; It’s Just Different!

For most people, not feeling well simply results in a quick phone call to the doctor to setup an appointment at which time you show up and wait a few minutes before being taken back to be examined by the doctor. That’s not so here. Instead a person goes to the doctor’s office hoping you’re…

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