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A Critical Key to Being a Sending Church

Most churches have never sent one of their own church members to the mission field.  They may support a lot of other missionaries from other churches… but never from their own church. The single most critical catalyst for this to happen is that the leadership of the church wants it to happen.  If the pastor…

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What Prayer Says About Your Relationship with Missionaries

The Importance of Prayer A privilege granted to us by God, prayer is foundational to the Christian life. Important to our relationship with God and our relationships with others, there is no lack of teaching and resources on the importance of prayer. We learn from the Apostle Paul that prayer indicates a constant, continual reliance…

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Our God is a Sending God

Our God is a Sending God

God is a sending God, always has been! Sending out people to proclaim truth and deliverance has its roots in the Old Testament. In Genesis 3:15 we have God’s promise to send a deliverer. In Genesis 12:3 God reveals that His promise to Abraham involved reaching the world. In Joshua 4:23-24, Joshua declared to the…

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Guidance Counselor

Guidance Counselor

High School students often rely on a guidance counsellor to help them make the choice about where to go to college.  What should they say to a Senior in high school who is contemplating becoming a missionary? In the past, it was quite simple.  The answer would be “go to a Bible College or Bible…

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Missions: Who Supports Whom??

Missionary support is not all about supporting the missionary. Missionary support is also about the missionary supporting the churches that help provide for him or her. Perhaps, in our modern missions world, this is a radical concept to consider. Our current trend is centered on the idea that missionaries partner with churches or individuals on…

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Establishing a Church > Planting a Church

Some think of BMW as a church planting organization.  It is true that we start churches…. but there is more to it than that. The mission statement of BMW states that we “ESTABLISH” local churches which is more than planting a church. “Establish” includes three things: 1. Starting new churches.  The Great Commission obviously implies…

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Are You a Sponsoring or Sending Church — Part 2

Previously, we examined the need for sustainable support in the lives of missionaries in order for them to accomplish the task that God has fulfilled. That sustainable support comes from two different church sources, a sponsoring church and a sending church. A sponsoring church helps to sustain the ministry A sending church helps to sustain the missionary Today, in…

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Are You a Sponsoring or Sending Church — Part 1

Lessons from a Missionary As we passed through immigration and customs, my wife and I entered apprehensively into a world of unknowns. Apprehensive not only because of those unknowns, but because we were unsure if anyone had received our messages about arrival, and thus we did not know if anyone had come to the airport…

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HE/SHE IS YOUR MISSIONARY

They belong to you… not BMW.  Missionaries are sent by the local church, not the mission agency.  Our role is to provide the support systems for your missionary to succeed in the job you have sent them to do.  Our job is to assist your church in sending people to the front lines.  If you…

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On Becoming a Sending Church Part II: Supporting Missionaries

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”   Matthew 6:21 In a recent blog the selection of missionaries was the topic. Now we turn to the significant question of support. Ask my children what their Dad always says, and they will say “Someone has to pay!” The word Support allows for the…

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