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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.


I Think I Have a Training Problem

I Think I Have a Training Problem

Spending most of my career and ministry in education and training, I often hear “This person is not doing X. Please arrange some training for them.” After the training was delivered and generally well received, it was not uncommon that the person in question still wasn’t doing X. Obviously, training wasn’t the only issue. In…

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Achilles Heel

Achilles Heel

Note: Originally posted October 2014. According to Greek mythology, Achilles was a brave hero of the Trojan War. The story line is that his Mother, Thetis, attempted to make him immortal by immersing him in the river Styx. She held him by the ankle and dipped him completely. The only part not touched by the…

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Apoluo in South America

Apoluo in South America

Recently it was my privilege to take the APOLUO seminar that BMW provides to North American sending churches to a group of leaders in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. (Note: a search in this blog for “Apoluo Workshop” will result in several articles on the content of the Workshop). There were three church leaders in attendance…

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Roberto

Roberto

“Pastor Marcos, I want to lead the singing in church. I love music. I am a musician.” So said Roberto, a middle aged man in the all Hispanic congregation that I had planted some months previous to this conversation. Since I had basically been a “one man show” up to that point, leading the singing,…

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National Churches as Sending Churches

National Churches as Sending Churches

American churches and missionaries should encourage national churches in other countries to become sending churches so that they send their missionaries to fulfill the Great Commission. Especial consideration should be given to challenging national churches to send their missionaries to the places where American (or Western) missionaries cannot go; to unreached cities, unreached people groups…

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Does Your Church Have an Acts 1:8 Culture?

Does Your Church Have an Acts 1:8 Culture?

A simple definition for culture is “the way we do things around here”. We accept things as normal when it aligns with our culture. It shows up in every facet of life… the way we eat and what we eat. The way we greet each other. The way we talk and the words we use….

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Beyond Christmas:  Remembering  Supporters

Beyond Christmas: Remembering Supporters

The Christmas season is a unique time. It combines intense busyness and stress with instances of reflection and sentiment. Searching for Christmas gifts creates a conflict of emotion that mixes the tension of finding the perfect gift with the joy of giving the perfect gift. For Christians though, it is a time to love God…

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Mixing Bowls

Mixing Bowls

You could make a cake without a mixing bowl but it would be rather messy. Imagine blending the ingredients in the dirt or on your lawn.   It is clear from Matthew 28:19-20 that “making disciples” is the goal of the great commission. It is equally evident from the New Testament that the local church…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 2

We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 2

Our Missionaries are Our Staff Our traditional approach to missions was to invite a few “missionary candidates” to our Annual World Conference. Most of these candidates were unknown to us except by letter, phone, and referrals. Through such information gathering, we learned where these missionaries were going and what they planned to do. We knew…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 1

We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 1

Pastor, I’d like take a few moments and ask you a question. It’s a question that I asked myself several years ago while pastoring Shenandoah Baptist Church. It’s a question that ended up taking me in a different path in my ministry in ways I could not have imagined. A Real Ministry Scenario Let me…

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