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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.


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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Parents of Missionaries

Parents of Missionaries

Parents of missionaries are the unsung heroes of the Great Commission. They sacrifice a lot for their kids to go to the mission field. An additional loss is being separated from their grandkids. We applaud missionaries who are willing to go, but that means others will be left behind. I didn’t fully appreciate the sacrifice…

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Missionaries: A Gift to the Church

Missionaries: A Gift to the Church

In Ephesians 4:11 we read the following words: 11 And He (Christ) Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,{NKJV}. The final marching orders of the Risen Christ…

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WYSIWYG on Short-Term Missions—NOT!

WYSIWYG on Short-Term Missions—NOT!

As summer draws near, plans, months in the making, come to fruition. Summer is that time of year that many churches embark on their annual overseas missions trip, performing a part to support missions in a global context. As it draws nearer, we have been asked what is one piece of advice we have for…

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Why People Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do

Why People Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do

A training manager constantly hears “We need training on X because people are not doing X”. It’s a natural supposition that if people are not doing X, it is because they don’t know how.   Robert Mager, in his book Analyzing Performance Problems —You Really Oughta Wanna, has spent years advising leaders how to get…

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Start Planting!

Start Planting!

There is nothing like eating tomatoes out of your own garden….The same thing happens when you grow your own missionaries!

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Missionaries

10 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Missionaries

The missionary life is unique carrying with it a set of burdens, stresses, and joys found only in itself. Having never engaged in missionary work, many people do not fully grasp the duties, decisions, and differences that exist from other lifestyles. Usually discussions about what missionaries do are met with a person’s preconceived notions. Even…

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