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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.


Mentoring….or Discipling?

IF I ONLY HAD A MENTOR[1] Let me take you back in time.  Remember when you were twenty-one years old (if you aren’t 21 yet, go back five years).  Remember how you felt: shy, arrogant, brash, insecure, over-confident, unsure, questioning.  Remember where you were. Now remember the three adults in your life whom you respected…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

#11 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. A missionary colleague of mine expressed some time ago that the people in his church were very hesitant to get involved in personal evangelism. When…

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A Ministry Report Card

One of the most frequent questions asked at a pastors’ meeting is, “How are things going in your ministry?”  Normally, the response is something like “Fine.”  Depending on how transparent we want to be, the answer may be slightly modified.  But what does “Fine” mean?  The word certainly leaves a lot of wiggle room for…

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The Challenge of Continual Change

“We don’t want our church to change!”  Too late.  Your local church is more organism than organization.  It is a living thing.  It was born, it has a certain level of health at this point, and it will die.  The average lifespan of a local church is about 70 years – roughly the same as…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #009: MAY I PRAY FOR YOU?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #009: MAY I PRAY FOR YOU?

#9 of a series devoted to sending churches.  The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. What can your church do for your missionaries as they begin the support raising process? Everyone knows what needs to be done, but few…

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Managing Time, Training Leaders

A Brief Philosophy of Time Time ticks by in a steady procession, unconcerned by the lives of those it dominates. We are especially cognizant of time when we have too little of it, or too much of it, although the latter rarely seems to be part of our burdens. As time passes by, we dutifully…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #008: “YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT…”

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #008: “YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT…”

#8 in a series devoted to sending churches.  The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. Many of you are old enough to remember the opening scene of each MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE episode in which Mr. Phelps received recorded instructions about the…

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The Training Methods of Jesus

In a previous article, “The Missing Link”, we presented the biblical basis for a holistic approach to training people for ministry that impacted the Head, the Hands, and the Heart.  Further, we stipulated that the Missing Link in many training programs was the Hands: developing skillfulness to do ministry in addition to the academic knowledge…

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