QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT SENDING CHURCHES by Marty Andry, Doug Lucas, and Chris Bushnell
Taken from Team Expansion, Resources from Missionary Recruits Online, Chapter 11
CAN LOCAL CHURCHES EFFECTIVELY SELECT AND CARE FOR MISSIONARIES? by Gailyn Van Rheenan
It can generally be said that missionary societies exist because missions leaders of local churches are unable to understand and implement world missions. I have often heard the question “Can local church leaders with a limited understanding of missions and the world effectively strategize for world missions?” The answer to this question depends on the equipping of the local church to implement world missions.
REDISCOVERING THE CALLING AND SENDING CHURCH by John Neufeld
Good ideas are sometimes prominently spoken while rarely acted upon. This is certainly the case when it comes to the practice of calling people into vocational ministry and the intentional discernment process required to achieve this.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SENDING CHURCH (Baptist Int’l Missions)
A good review of the key elements of the sending out of Paul and Barnabas from the Church at Antioch, followed by eleven key responsibilities sending churches should recognize and practice in the sending out of their members.
THE SENDING CHURCH (Urbana 81) by Gordon MacDonald
No burden weighs heavier on my heart as a Christian pastor in these days than to help convince as many of you as possible of the importance of being part of a congregation that sends. And I suspect this message is relevant to every Christian. If we are part of a sending congregation, we will be called either to go out to plant sending congregations or to stay behind to release others to go. If we want to walk in the way of Christ, there are no other alternatives.
THE CHURCH/AGENCY/MISSIONARY SENDING TRIANGLE by Ellen Livingood
What are the church’s expectations of their sending role? Not every sending congregation can, or wishes to, fulfill all possible sending functions, nor to the same degree. It is mutually beneficial to sit down with the leaders of a missionary candidate’s sending church to discuss their long-term role in the ministry of the person they are commissioning to serve with you. Together you can clarify the roles and responsibilities each member of the triangle—church, agency, missionary—will seek to fulfill.