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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.


The Character of a Missionary: Brokenness

The Character of a Missionary: Brokenness

The stresses that missionaries face necessitate a unique skill set that is both broad and deep. One manual I know of simply gives a five-page checklist of skills and character traits to evaluate in every potential missionary while others have written complete books on the topic. While some catalogs have more value than others there…

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A New Trend in Missions

A New Trend in Missions

It’s not about what you are going to do… God has greatly blessed our nation for the flood of missionaries who have gone, and are going, around the world to bring the Gospel to the uttermost. Change has been a constant in our strategies to reach the world. Pioneer works developed into long-term investment of…

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Preparing for Battle

Preparing for Battle

Note: This article originally posted April 2014 and is re-posted for our new audience–Editor. Jim was an owner of a large construction company. His local community was going to build a new hospital, and Jim wanted the challenge of building it. He was frustrated with the old hospital building because his father was confined to…

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Your Church Doesn’t Need a Mission’s Pastor

Your Church Doesn’t Need a Mission’s Pastor

JD Grear’s book, “Gaining by Losing” he has a chapter entitled “Your church doesn’t need a missions pastor.” His argument is that the senior pastor should be the missions pastor. After all, the church only has one mission and surely the pastor should be leading in the direction of the church. For too many churches,…

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Shotgun or Rifle?

Shotgun or Rifle?

There are two approaches to “doing” missions in a local church. Some churches seek to support a missionary in every country in the world so they take on support for dozens of missionaries at $25 each. Other churches are more targeted in their approach and choose a specific people or nation and they take on…

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Sending Losers to the Mission Field

Sending Losers to the Mission Field

Someone has said that if your church doesn’t hurt when sending you as a missionary… they probably shouldn’t send you.   There is a caricature of missionaries that they are people who couldn’t get a ministry in the States, so we send them “over there” where the natives will not realize they are incompetent. That…

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Why Would A Church NOT Want to Send Missionaries from their Congregation?

Why Would A Church NOT Want to Send Missionaries from their Congregation?

We recently conducted five THINK-TANKS with pastors in four different states. The topic being discussed was how churches could identify, train and launch missionaries from their congregation. One of the questions we asked was: Why would a church NOT want to send missionaries from their congregation. Here is a summary of the pastor’s answers:  …

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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Missionaries or Mercenaries?

This article was originally posted April 2014 and is being re-posted to a new set of readers–Editor Deputation is a word that strikes fear into the heart of many people looking at the missionary enterprise. Some have said, “I wouldn’t go around to churches and people begging for money.” Others look at missionaries as people…

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We Want to Stop Recruiting!

We Want to Stop Recruiting!

Most mission agencies have a recruiting department and aggressively seek to find new missionaries to join them. Historically, they have sent representatives to Bible Colleges and Seminaries to enlist those who may be heading to the mission field. Agencies are highly motivated because we regularly see the needs and opportunities around the world. Missionaries desperately…

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The Character of a Missionary: Childlikeness

The Character of a Missionary: Childlikeness

What does it take to be a missionary? Books have been written, sermons have been preached, and evaluation tools have been created. All are oriented towards assessing a new missionary’s capacity to meet a minimum level of proficiency to do the work of one who is sent by God. Missing from those prerequisites is a…

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