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April 19, 2018 by Nathan Rose | Send Network
What a man cares most about during his life is usually reflected by what he says at his death. This is one reason why Paul’s second letter to Timothy is so important. Not only did the Spirit of God inspire it, but Paul penned it knowing his execution was imminent (see 2 Tim. 4:6). So what...
April 18, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
If mission defines who Christ is, and if Christ sends us as He was sent, then mission defines who we are. ~ Albert Curry Winn In the previous post, we examined how the sending language in Scripture emphasizes the missionary nature of God. Now we move to consider the importance of understanding...
April 17, 2018 by John Mark Clifton | Send Network
"I really need to preach." When I hear someone say that, I think I know what he is saying. I hope he is saying "I know God has called me to preach and, for his glory, I find great satisfaction in obediently fulfilling His call upon my life." And certainly, most of the time, I think that's what...
April 17, 2018 by Rick Duncan | Send Network
Watch the lead trainers at a Train the Trainer Retreat, and you’ll see them huddling together, engaged in deep conversations. Lots of times, you'll hear comments like, “Thanks, I never thought of that,” “I’ll add that to the mix next time,” and “I’ll try not to do that again.” You’ll hear...
April 17, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
Mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. ~ David Bosch If we are to understand what it means to be “missional church,” we must consider shifts in our thinking about three core theological distinctions. The first shift in thinking that must take place relates...
April 16, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~ Alvin Toffler When bringing about change in the way people behave, we often need to start with questions of “why” before considering the practical issues of “how.”...
April 13, 2018 by Clayton Pruett | Send Network
Our Savior, for all His busy three years, never allowed His public ministry to crowd out His private meditation.
 — Vance Havner The above quote is extremely convicting to me. If I am being transparent and honest, my private meditations often are crowded out by a busy schedule. I am married to an...
April 12, 2018 by Muche Ukegbu | Send Network
Muche Ukegbu, church planter in South Florida, speaks to the importance of being self aware while leading a group of new beliveers and leaders.
April 11, 2018 by Send Network | Send Network
Noah Oldham, church planter and Send City Missionary for St. Louis, and Dino Senesi, director of coaching for the Send Network, talk about the importance of coaches. Noah shares his story and how his coach played a significant role in saving his marriage and ministry.
April 11, 2018 by Gayle Butler | Send Network
Moving to our first church where David was called to be pastor was an exciting adventure. People met us as the moving van pulled up, waiting to help us unload and get our home (the parsonage) settled. The kitchen was stocked with groceries and meals prepared to carry us over for the next week....
April 9, 2018 by David Butler | Send Network
Who are the friends in your life? I’m not sure there is a more important question we need to be asked on a regular basis. If you know much about life and relationships, you know that friendship issues are huge in the overall scheme of things. In fact, there are not many issues God is more...
April 9, 2018 by David Butler | Send Network
Over a lifetime of pastoral ministry, I’ve met thousands of people, both inside and out of the three churches we served for 35-plus years. Early on, I made it an unspoken goal to remember as many first names as possible. Nothing earned me more props than being able to surprise people by...