This week I am at the Velocity 2011 conference put on by ChurchPlanters.com. We have been at this event the last four years. Here is why!
I If had one “do over” in my church planting ministry career it would be for the new churches that I have been a part of to become globally oriented from day one. I feel I was far too concerned about putting on a good church service and not making reproducing disciples that had a heart for the world. When we started The Upstream Collective almost three years ago one of our goals was to influence the mission conversation amongst these younger churches. We want to help these new churches to think and act as a missionary. God has given us some great opportunities to equip these churches with some basic missionary skills that will actually be helpful as they plant churches here or abroad. We want these churches to think and act as a missionary. We want to see these churches become sending churches like we find in Acts 13 that send people all over the world.
I feel at times churches can become content with simply outsourcing missions. As a pastor friend of mine says: mission organizations often want them to pray, pay and get out of the way.” I think that day is over. I believe there has been an awakening in the church today where mission can no longer be outsourced but be an integral part of the church. It is great to be just a little part of that conversation.
Yesterday we launched our first ebook at www.themissionbook.com I hope you will read it. The chapters are short but very applicable to mission. Even more importantly we hope you will consider writing a chapter. It is a book that is not yet finished. It is missing your voice and your story.