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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.


Why We Exist

A bus company was receiving a lot of complaints that buses were driving right past customers standing at the bus stops.  The company put out a letter of explanation: “It is impossible for us to maintain our schedule if we are always having to stop and pick up passengers.” There was obviously a disconnect between…

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Get Rid of Your Missionaries!

The Antioch church sent (apoluo: to loose or unbind; to set free) Paul and Barnabas. They sent them away, set them free, released them from their responsibilities to go elsewhere. Jesus in His priestly prayer said that He had sent (apostello: to send forth; to send away) His disciples into the world. He sent them…

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The Blessing of a Missionary Commissioning Service

Matthew 28:19, 20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Amen. This…

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The Real Target for Missions

The Real Target for Missions

The focus of the Great Commission is “MAKE DISCIPLES.”  While many missionaries and mission agencies would identify themselves as church planters, the main goal is to make disciples.  But… the local church is the best context in which to do that. Therefore we start churches.  The goal is to introduce people to God and help…

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Adoption or Birth?

The norm is to give birth… the exception is to adopt.  When it comes to missions however, it is the opposite.  Most churches have adopted missionaries.  They financially support a missionary from another church.  But they have never given birth to their own missionary. Both are needed.  People who adopt are incredible people.  They selflessly…

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You Must Want It to Happen!

Introduction I am a new contributor to apoLuo but not new to the principle it espouses which is a Biblical mandate! I was asked to share our story and will do so, desiring that it helps others who desire to send out their own. We are a church of around 100 people in rural southern…

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YOU CAN GET A MISSIONARY’S REWARD

YOU CAN GET A MISSIONARY’S REWARD

There are some people who go… some who stay.  Both are needed.  Both are rewarded. This is illustrated in the story when David and his soldiers came home to find nothing but ashes.  The enemy had ransacked the city and kidnapped their wives and children.  David took off in hot pursuit to catch them.  Along…

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The Guild as a Strategy for Raising Support

The Guild as a Strategy for Raising Support

If you think we can still fund missions the way we’ve been doing it for the last 150 years, think again. The world is different. People’s priorities and circumstances are different. Churches care far less about the Great Commission than they’d like to admit. A lot of what we call missions these days really isn’t,…

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The Power of Partnership – II

Two more qualities make partnerships powerful. Once again, we learn what they are by exploring a few passages in the New Testament. Partnerships are powerful when the partners are selfless servants. At the close of his letter to the Romans, Paul sends greetings to his friends Aquila and Priscilla—now back in Rome—and describes them as…

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The Power of Partnership – I

I once read about the dynamic partnership of a commissioned missionary, a married couple who owned their own successful business, a short-term worker and a local congregation. The carefully scripted history of North American missionary efforts over the last two centuries may have viewed such a relationship with suspicion, but it was powerful because the…

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