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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.


Achilles Heel

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was a brave hero of the Trojan War.  The story line is that his Mother, Thetis, attempted to make him immortal by immersing him in the river Styx.  She held him by the ankle and dipped him completely.  The only part not touched by the magic water was where she…

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Raising Support: Whose Job Is It?

Why do we assume it is the total responsibility of the missionary to raise his own support? Why not a network of people dedicated to ‘lock hands’ with the missionary in providing the prayer and financial support they need? There is no other profession or ministry that approaches salary this way. Can you imagine a…

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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Deputation is a word that strikes fear into the heart of many people looking at the missionary enterprise.  Some have said, “I wouldn’t go around to churches and people begging for money.”  Others look at missionaries as people who can’t make it anywhere else so they go looking for well-meaning churches to support them.  While…

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Roberto

“Pastor Marcos, I want to lead the singing in church. I love music. I am a musician.” So said Roberto, a middle aged man in the all Hispanic congregation that I had planted some months previous to this conversation. Since I had basically been a “one man show” up to that point, leading the singing,…

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National Churches as Sending Churches

American churches and missionaries should encourage national churches in other countries to become sending churches so that they send their missionaries to fulfill the Great Commission.  Especial consideration should be given to challenging national churches to send their missionaries to the places where American (or Western) missionaries cannot go; to unreached cities, unreached people groups…

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Does Your Church Have an Acts 1:8 Culture?

A simple definition for culture is “the way we do things around here”.  We accept things as normal when it aligns with our culture.  It shows up in every facet of life… the way we eat and what we eat.  The way we greet each other.  The way we talk and the words we use. …

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #017: REAR VIEW MIRROR

#17 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. Rear view mirrors are very helpful, and not only when we’re in reverse. Imagine pulling away from your home on the way to your…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #016: DRIVE-BY DEPUTATION

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #016: DRIVE-BY DEPUTATION

#16 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. “Ooo—there’s a church. I wonder if they’ll support us. And check out the parking lot—Audi, Lexus, Hummer, Jag, Escalade, Land Rover. Wow—there’s even an…

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