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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.


Beyond Christmas:  Remembering  Supporters

Beyond Christmas: Remembering Supporters

The Christmas season is a unique time. It combines intense busyness and stress with instances of reflection and sentiment. Searching for Christmas gifts creates a conflict of emotion that mixes the tension of finding the perfect gift with the joy of giving the perfect gift. For Christians though, it is a time to love God…

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Mixing Bowls

Mixing Bowls

You could make a cake without a mixing bowl but it would be rather messy. Imagine blending the ingredients in the dirt or on your lawn.   It is clear from Matthew 28:19-20 that “making disciples” is the goal of the great commission. It is equally evident from the New Testament that the local church…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 2

We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 2

Our Missionaries are Our Staff Our traditional approach to missions was to invite a few “missionary candidates” to our Annual World Conference. Most of these candidates were unknown to us except by letter, phone, and referrals. Through such information gathering, we learned where these missionaries were going and what they planned to do. We knew…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 1

We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions–Part 1

Pastor, I’d like take a few moments and ask you a question. It’s a question that I asked myself several years ago while pastoring Shenandoah Baptist Church. It’s a question that ended up taking me in a different path in my ministry in ways I could not have imagined. A Real Ministry Scenario Let me…

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The Three-Fold Cord

The Three-Fold Cord

THE COMING OF EMMANUEL In most of Africa, people leave their rural homes to go and work in the cities, living in temporary shacks. They travel home maybe once a month, or if they are fortunate, once a week. For this reason, Christmas is a favorite time of year. The cities empty out, the trains…

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Beyond Christmas: Remembering Your Missionaries Year-round

Beyond Christmas: Remembering Your Missionaries Year-round

The Christmas season is a unique time. It combines intense busyness and stress with instances of reflection and sentiment. Searching for Christmas gifts creates a conflict of emotion that mixes the tension of finding the perfect gift with the joy of giving the perfect gift. For Christians, though, it is a time to love God…

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A Church For Everyone on the Planet

A Church For Everyone on the Planet

It is said that there are over 800 Baptist churches in Atlanta where I live. We have the option of driving past dozens of churches to attend the assembly of our choice. We are able to fine tune the options to find a church that fits our desire for music, seating, lighting, architecture, pastor, youth…

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Leverage Your Lack of Resources

Leverage Your Lack of Resources

I was recently at a conference where a pastor from Africa was talking about their church planting efforts in gateway cities around the world. Cities like London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beunos Aires, and New York City. It was intriguing that he said the reason they could do this was because of their poverty. In the…

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Major Transition

Major Transition

One night a long time ago a baby was born in Bethlehem. The angels celebrated, the shepherds wondered, Mary pondered, and the Magi worshiped. Jesus the eternal Son of God left His home in heaven and came to the lowly stable. He became a man and dwelt among us. His place was different, his reception…

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Propempo

Propempo

How much should we pay missionaries?   Paul put it this way: “see that they lack nothing” (Titus 3:13). He was talking about providing for Zenas and Apollos who were probably the equivalent of a missionary today. At the very least, they were being sent by a church on a mission. We know Apollos was…

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