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The Power of Partnership – II

Two more qualities make partnerships powerful. Once again, we learn what they are by exploring a few passages in the New Testament. Partnerships are powerful when the partners are selfless servants. At the close of his letter to the Romans, Paul sends greetings to his friends Aquila and Priscilla—now back in Rome—and describes them as…

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The Power of Partnership – I

I once read about the dynamic partnership of a commissioned missionary, a married couple who owned their own successful business, a short-term worker and a local congregation. The carefully scripted history of North American missionary efforts over the last two centuries may have viewed such a relationship with suspicion, but it was powerful because the…

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The Beginning of the End of the World: 7 Metrics for a Sending Church

If I were to guess, having read only the first couple of chapters of Acts, from where God would launch His international missionary venture, I would have to say, “Well, from Jerusalem—where else?” It seems like a logical choice. So much happened there, after all—the Triumphal Entry, the passion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus,…

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Recruiting Missionaries

In the Bible, missionaries were recruited a little differently from the way we do it today.  We certainly don’t expect to replicate everything in the book of Acts; but we can gather some ideas.  Here is how they recruited missionaries at the church in Antioch (Acts 13): 1.  NO COLLEGES:  The local church was the…

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How is Your Leadership Bench Strength?

No, we’re not talking about your ability to bench press 200 lbs.  It’s about the strength of your team.  In ministry, it isn’t just the guys on the field.  The success of a sports team is often dependent on the quality of those on the sidelines.  Exceptional teams have strong players on the bench.  All…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #013: YA GETS WUTCHA PAYS FER

#13 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. A few years ago, a missionary appointee reported that he was contacting about five pastors every month to arrange meetings in their churches, and thought…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

#11 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. A missionary colleague of mine expressed some time ago that the people in his church were very hesitant to get involved in personal evangelism. When…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #009: MAY I PRAY FOR YOU?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #009: MAY I PRAY FOR YOU?

#9 of 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. What can your church do for your missionaries as they begin the support raising process? Everyone knows what needs to be done, but few…

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