Bradley Bell is a former missionary who serves as the Lead Pastor at Antioch Church and writes for The Upstream Collective. He lives among the diverse community of south Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Katie, and daughters Elisabeth, Charlotte, and Anneliese.
Broken Missiology is the compilation of Bradley's writing and speaking, which focuses on the intersection of spiritual formation and global missions.
RECEIVING SENT ONES DURING REENTRY
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. Upstream 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.
THE SENDING CHURCH DEFINED
In order to biblically clarify the nature of a sending church, this book unpacks the following definition one word at a time:
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, and upon their return.