Missions Sending

How to Cultivate a “Sending Culture” and Practical Tips for Sending Missionaries and Church-based Teams Well

In partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary

Course Introduction

About the Course

This course is designed to familiarize churches and pastors with the process and need of healthy missions sending. The course includes about 1 hour and 30 minutes of video particularly from a conference at Bethlehem College and Seminary, the SBC International Mission Board, and The Gospel Coalition. Recommended books and questions are provided to encouraged continued reflection and learning.

Resources prepared by David Clifford and Amy Guibal from Bethlehem College & Seminary.

The Reason for Missions Sending

John Piper explores the expectations of missionaries and the role of churches in shaping their theology of missions and suffering.

Cultivating a Sending Culture in Your Church

In the midst of a changing cultural context, we must be more committed than ever to God’s global glory. We cannot be short-sighted because God is not. Todd Rasmuson gives us four necessary parameters for healthy missions leading.

About Todd Rasmuson

Todd Rasmuson is the Minister for Global Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Todd taught at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN for five years before God dramatically pointed his life to missions. He and his wife became global partners with Bethlehem who served for eight years with Mission: Moving Mountains (M:MM) in Tanzania. In 2002, Todd accepted the role as president of M:MM. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Executive Director of Daystar US, serving to advance Daystar University in Kenya. Todd and his wife, Tamara, have two sons.

Reflection Questions
  1. What are the four aspects Todd holds up as necessary for healthy missions leading?
  2. How do “head, heart, and hands” contribute to the advancement of the Gospel?

Sending Missionaries Well

God’s name is at stake in sending our missionaries in a manner that communicates our regard for God, and our happiness to sacrifice ourselves for others. Philemon Yong discusses practical methods for sending well at a local church level.

About Dr. Philemon Yong

Philemon Yong grew up in Cameroon, West Africa. At age 23, Philemon was led to attend Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. This began his training for ministry and also was the place he met his wife, Linda, who was a short-termer at CBTS that year. They married and moved to the USA. Philemon completed his bachelor’s degree at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, earned a Masters of Divinity degree at Bethel Seminary, and received his PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Linda, have three children.

Reflection Questions
  1. What does it mean to be sent well?
  2. How can you implement structures to send your missionaries well?

Additional Resources

Sending Church-Based Teams, and the Role of Mission Agencies

We do not send missionaries to be independent superheroes; we send them as parts of a body, and with the goal to plant other bodies. David Platt briefly explains how churches should send missionaries in teams in concert with other churches and mission agencies.