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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.


apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

#1 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. (This article originally posted in 2013 and is being published again for new readers that may have missed it.–Editor.) That’s apo-luo, not apo-luau. No…

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Can You Quote It?

Can You Quote It?

Can you quote the mission statement for your church? You are way above the average church member if you can.   The most foundational declaration about your church is the purpose statement (or, mission statement). This one sentence explains “WHY” your church exists. Everything else your church does should be built on this statement. Every…

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The Need for Discontented Christians

The Need for Discontented Christians

The Christian life is (or at least should be) a contented life. All needs, desires, and ambitions are satisfied by the Lord Jesus Christ. The prevailing thought, though, is that Christians are not content enough in their relationship to God through Christ because if they were, there would be no need to find sufficiency in…

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The Congregation As Missionary Recruiter

The Congregation As Missionary Recruiter

Note: This is the last of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. A third “domino pusher” is the people in the church. The entire congregation can get involved. There is a tendency to view the “call” into ministry as a solo act. Our independent spirit views going…

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The Pastor As Initiator in Missions

The Pastor As Initiator in Missions

Note: This is the sixth of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. A previous post (Pushing Dominoes 8/16/17) used the metaphor of falling dominoes for preparing and sending out a missionary and the first person who could push a domino to start the process is the family….

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Pushing Dominoes

Pushing Dominoes

Note: This is the fifth of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. In Romans 10:13 we read that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Paul then presents a row of dominos that must fall for this to happen. “How then will…

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A Boot Camp in YOUR Church

A Boot Camp in YOUR Church

Note: This is the fourth of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. Centripetal force is the opposite of centrifugal force which pushes things outward. Churches have a natural tendency that is centripetal. Instead of thrusting outward it which draws toward the center. The natural tendency for churches…

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The Real Purpose of the Church is…? (Part II)

The Real Purpose of the Church is…? (Part II)

Note: This is the third of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. What, therefore, is the purpose of the church? However you word your answer, the Great Commission (Matthew 28;19-20) is at the core and this includes making disciples BOTH locally and around the world. The local…

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The Real Purpose of the Church Is…? (Part I)

The Real Purpose of the Church Is…? (Part I)

Note: This is the second of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. At the core of this discussion is the doctrine of ecclesiology. Since that is a huge topic, it is the intent of this article to address only the issue of the purpose of the church….

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Cancel the Missions Program!

Cancel the Missions Program!

Note: This is article (1 of 7) is from a larger article published in The Voice (IFCA). It is segmented in this blog to make it easier to digest and reflect upon–Editor. The title–Cancel The Missions Program–is a strange suggestion coming from a director of a mission agency. I grew up on the mission field…

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