Apoluo

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 Missing Link

There really is a missing link!  Not the kind espoused by Darwin but rather in how we train others for ministry. In the church we have tended to take the “training” out of “training.”  It is rare to find equipping that includes training in our educational institutions or churches.  We are great at the academics…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #005: NO BRAINS OF OUR OWN

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #005: NO BRAINS OF OUR OWN

#5 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. On 29 November 1863, in a sermon entitled, “Paul—His Cloak and His Books”, Charles Spurgeon said, “He who will not use the thoughts of other…

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No Time for One?

Editor’s Note: While this excellent article is not specific to the sending church focus of this blog, it does contain principles from the heart of a pastor that could be applied to mentoring for ministry.   When it comes to leadership, most of us think in terms of moving a group of people or an organization…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

            #2 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. Did your parents ever ask you, “Why are you doing that?” It was always a disconcerting question because it…

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Is There a Crisis in Missions?

In answer to the question above, many pastors and those in missions would say there is:  the number of qualified servant leaders being graduated by our seminaries and the number of people applying for vocational missionary service has been declining for the last 20 years.  As the population of the world continues to grow and…

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Am I a Mentor or a Coach?

In the article, Focusing on What’s Best a key responsibility of a pastor is training new leaders that are within his congregation. Real training involves more than education (head knowledge).  It must also involve skill development (hands) and this is done through mentoring and coaching.  Aren’t these the same terms? Mentoring is Relationship The word “mentor” comes…

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Focusing on What’s Best

“In your work, you should have no more than 3-5 spheres of activity.  You can’t do more than five things well.  To the extent you are doing more than five kinds of things, you are probably giving insufficient time and focus to one or more of the five.” This is advice from a Christian businessman…

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Bringing Balance to your Mission Program

Every local church has its own distinctive missions philosophy and practices.  Whether these ideas are written down or exist in the minds of the pastoral staff or missions committee, they are normally a mixture of biblical principles, family ties, cultural values, corporate management practices, personal preferences and the church’s history and traditions. BIBLICAL BALANCES Just…

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The One-Legged Cyclist

Can you imagine riding a bicycle with one leg?  It could work, but it sure would be challenging.  You undoubtedly know how to ride a bike.  As you press down with your right foot, you bring your left foot around to press down with that one.  While one leg is doing the work, the next…

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