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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.


Becoming a Missionary

Becoming a Missionary

Even after you have answered God’s call on your life, even after you have made life changing decisions, even after a church has sent you into the ministry, even after a mission board has agreed to back you, there is a lot that goes into becoming a missionary. In my experience, once things become official,…

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How To Choose a Mission Agency

How To Choose a Mission Agency

Choosing the right mission agency is sometimes more important than choosing which country you go to as a missionary. The agency will either be a blessing or a pain. Though many agencies have similarities, their cultures differe considerably. In this podcast, https://youtu.be/XCrfu0N8-Y8 the director of Biblical Ministries Worldwide is interviewed about how to make the…

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Deficiencies of the Missionary Newsletter

Deficiencies of the Missionary Newsletter

As a missionary, my personal lament is that relationships between supporters and their missionaries is not stronger. Therefore, I err on the side of more communication. There is one tool though, that gives me pause and necessitates an evaluation of its usefulness: the missionary newsletter. Admittedly, when the end of the month approaches I find…

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Call to Missions:  A Death Sentence

Call to Missions: A Death Sentence

Amongst job advertisements one will likely not find a job with the phrase “willingness to die” listed among the required competences or duties. Such a job description might provoke curiosity but rarely produce legitimate interest or candidates. While that premise as a job description is not so inviting, it exists as a reality for those…

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No Money in the Budget

No Money in the Budget

One of the frequent responses Appointees receive from churches is that there is no more money in the budget to take on another missionary. While it is true that there may be no money in the budget, there is still a lot of money available.   I was the Assistant Pastor of a church in…

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Apoluo in a Missionary Setting

Apoluo in a Missionary Setting

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. There were three church leaders in attendance due to conflicting schedules for some of the ones originally scheduled to participate. Two of the men were national missionary…

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Decorate for Missions

Decorate for Missions

If a person walked into your church building for the first time, would they know that missions is important even if they did not talk to anyone? That can be accomplished by the way you decorate your church building.   Does the decor of your facilities “scream” missions? Most churches have at least a missionary…

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Raising Up Missionaries — Part 4

Raising Up Missionaries — Part 4

We continue to say that the Great Commission is monumental. It is monumental in its calling, in its equipping, and in its function. If that is truly the case, then our calling to ensure the continuity of the Great Commission is of the utmost seriousness. With that seriousness comes an ongoing question: Where are our…

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Raising Up Missionaries — Part 3

Raising Up Missionaries — Part 3

There is a current concern in evangelical churches about where the next generation of missionaries will come from with the demise of so many of our recruiting grounds. This is the third part in a series addressing that very topic. The Great Commission is monumental. It is a monumental in its calling, in its equipping,…

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Raising Up Missionaries — Part 2

Raising Up Missionaries — Part 2

There is a current concern in evangelical churches about where the next generation of missionaries will come from with the demise of so many of our recruiting grounds. This is the second part in a series addressing that very topic. As a missionary, I am a frequent recipient of the lament about the crisis of…

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