Equipping Our Churches to Send

Dr. Paul Colton is the Pastor of International Missions at Calvary Church in Tampa, Florida. Paul joined me to discuss how Calvary Church is equipping every member to be active in Great Commission work.

Today’s conversation is with Dr. Paul Colton, the Pastor of International Missions at Calvary Church in Tampa, Florida. For most churches, missions ministry begins with giving to an offering or participating in a short term ministry trip. But at Calvary Church, it begins before that.

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Paul explains that first, missions should be a critical element in integrating new church members into the life of the church. Equip to Send is the culmination of Calvary Church’s four week orientation process. The message that is sent to new members is that being engaged in Great Commission work is the goal for every member.

Second, Brian encourages churches to choose great partners. Know who you’re working with. What they’re all about. Their goals and strategies, along with their needs. Having a clear understanding of this is critical to Paul’s final piece of advice which is to…

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Constantly highlight these partners and the people they reach out to in services and other creative ways. As church members understand their calling to be a part of Great Commission work, and you communicate partners you trust and have confidence in, these members will begin to participate in amazing ways you’d never be able to predict.

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