The Western Church world is abuzz with talk of being on mission. Yet there is something still to be addressed in the process: the how. In this companion workbook to Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission, authors Rodney Calfee, Larry McCrary, Caleb Crider, and Wade Stephens provide a detailed daily guide for thinking and acting like a missionary. Spanning twelve weeks, Christians will learn to both reflect upon and practice missionary tradecraft like following the Spirit, mapping, executing culture, building relationships, persons of peace, engaging tribes, contextualization, alternative paths, and protecting indigeneity. Tradecraft Workbook was written in response to a growing request from churches and organizations for a way to use Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission in group settings. It has been tested in small groups as well as trainings for local, domestic, and global sending. True to form, this product of The Upstream Collective is thoughtful, practical, and accessible not only to cross-cultural missionaries, but to every Christian who desires to live on mission.
Purpose-driven church. Simple church. Organic church. Missional church. Deep church. Radical church. Transformational church. Total church. Sticky church. Tribal church. Mission-shaped church. Center church. Vertical church. Everyday church. Deliberate church. Gospel-centered church.
Do we really need one more ____________ church?
“Yes!” says the collective of churches who consider themselves part of a growing movement called “sending church”. It has proven itself as a term that is here to stay, but the meaning of it has been sadly mistaken. Many churches who call themselves sending churches are actually far from it. Some who are familiar with the term consider it just another missional trend. Others, upon first encounter think it speaks only to missiology. Sending church desperately needs clarity. That’s precisely what this book is for. It began with a gathering of sending churches who sought to answer the question, “What is a sending church?” They came up with a lengthy definition, and we then took almost a year to flesh out that definition one word at a time according to Scripture and scholarship. The goal was not just clarity, but to send a timely word to churches about reclaiming their birthright as the leaders in the Great Commission. After all,
A Sending Church is a local community of Christ-followers who have made a covenant together to be prayerful, deliberate, and proactive in developing, commissioning, and sending their own members both locally and globally, often in partnership with other churches or agencies, and continuing to encourage, support, and advocate for them while making disciples cross-culturally.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a framework for growing as a sending church? Something churches could use to identify their strengths and weaknesses in missions? Now there is. We call them the Sending Church Elements. The Upstream Collective has identified four phases, divided into 17 elements, that make up healthy sending churches. This ebook is part of the Sending Church Elements series, in which each element is explained and made practical. Element 15, “Receiving Sent Ones During Reentry,” describes how the church receives sent ones who are returning from the field indefinitely through planning, presence, and provision.