Helping Churches Develop SEND Centers

The spiritual landscape of the U.S. has changed dramatically. Christians and churches are challenged to reach unbelievers. The result? Eighty to ninety percent of churches are declining, aging, or growing slower than their communities. We need the strategy Paul describes in Hebrews 10! We are ready to roll out a new strategy for churches. With your help, this can be a turnaround movement. After 15 years of research and development, we are ready to launch this multiplication breakthrough: HELPING CHURCHES DEVELOP SEND CENTERS.

Consider with us the words of Paul in Hebrews 10:14-17: “How can people call for help if they don’t know…? How can they know if they haven’t heard? How can they hear if nobody tells them? How is anyone going to tell them unless someone is sent to do it?” (The Message, emphasis ours).

For 40 years, we have helped Christians and churches reach out: 1,600 churches, 77 denominations, training of pastors in 15 countries on six continents, 31 published books in seven languages.

We are ready to launch and can do it with your partnership. Will you join us in prayer and support?

  • Pray — for the return of Christianity; for this SEND Center movement.
  • Ask God to direct you, as you consider prayer and generous support partnership. Our goal is to raise $250,000 in the next six months. With your help, we can launch this movement!

If you’re troubled by the direction of this country — if you believe faithfulness to God is an answer to all we face — think of how Paul prefaces the Hebrews 10 scripture: “No one who trusts God like this — heart and soul — will ever regret it” (verse 11). What is God saying to you? What are we, together, going to do about it?

God bless you!


Kent R. Hunter – Founder, Church Doctor Ministries
Tracee J. Swank – Leader, Church Doctor Ministries

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SEND North America seeking full-time recruiter

Greetings in Christ!

Yesterday we announced Sarah Kolb as the new leader for the Church Doctor Ministries SEND North America Movement. Now we are seeking a full-time recruiter for this movement.

The full-time recruiter for SEND North America will perform a number of diverse duties required for the recruitment and advancement of SEND North America. This position requires exceptional communication, organization, and follow-through skills to be applied in all aspects of work completed. This position requires an active, committed Christian with a heart for reaching, resourcing, and releasing young adults.

This is a full-time position serving no fewer than 40 total hours during a regular work week and will be based in Corunna, Indiana.

Download the PDF job description and application instructions to learn more about the position.

Please forward this information along to other people you believe may be interested.

God bless you!




Tracee J. Swank
Leader, Church Doctor Ministries

Sarah Kolb named new SEND North America Movement Leader

Greetings in Christ!

As we patiently wait for spring to finally take hold here in the Midwest, making all things new again, I have some exciting news from Church Doctor Ministries and SEND North America. Sarah Kolb has recently accepted the call to be the Church Doctor Ministries SEND North America Movement Leader.

Sarah Kolb

Sarah has two years of SEND training experience and, in her third year with SEND, is currently leading a SEND team in Indian River, Michigan. Sarah will be relocating to northeast Indiana to oversee the growth and advancement of the SEND North America Movement. Sarah’s duties will include working with young adults; leading workshops, presentations, and immersion experiences; and developing mission, leadership, and discipleship experiences to equip and send young adults to be missionaries to their own social networks.

Sarah will also be serving alongside a team of other ministry leaders developing SEND+, an opportunity for active older adults to receive missionary training. In addition to advancing the SEND North America movement, Sarah will be working with a team to launch a new vision for SEND Faith Life Training Centers across North America.

We are excited to have Sarah serving in this new role on our team and ask for your continued prayers for Sarah as she follows God’s call to this new adventure.

If you are interested in learning more about SEND North America and know a young adult who is faithful, available, and teachable who may be a candidate for further mission and leadership training, please connect them with Sarah,, or Jon Hunter,

Young adults ages 18 to 25 wishing to join the next SEND team may complete the application at this link.

Learn more about SEND+ for active older adults at this link.

We thank God for all of you and your support of this important equipping and sending initiative!

God bless you!




Tracee J. Swank
Leader, Church Doctor Ministries

Special Request – We Need Your Help

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support of the mission of SEND to equip and release young adults in mission and ministry. We thank God for you and your partnership in this important ministry. We need your help as we get ready to launch the next unit in September.

Please take a moment to read through this online campaign and prayerfully consider a generous donation. We need your support now more than ever to prepare for the launch of our next unit.


Experience SEND! January 2013 News and Updates

We are back for our 2nd year for SEND North America! Servants Equipping New Disciples is a training process in discipleship and missionary training for young adults ages 18-30. SEND was launched on October 1st of 2012. We are about half way through our journey until next June.  We have a couple courageous young men who have signed on for the adventure. Peter and Patrick have dedicated themselves to draw closer to God in order to discover what God’s call is for their lives. They will also be equipped to do what God calls them to do in life as modern day disciples and missionaries! Throughout this process we are honored to have partnered with you as a SEND supporter and will share our testimony on a monthly basis, covering all aspects of ministry and mission!

Read the rest of the newsletter here!

Graduation Time! Celebrating our 1st Unit!

Church Doctor Ministries & Servants Equipping New Disciples Invites You to Attend…

2012 SEND Graduation Celebration

Please consider joining our ministry friends, family, support partners, and donors for  this very special evening with our SEND young adults. If you are a parent, pastor, friend, or relative of a young adult who might be drifting from their faith in God, consider joining us to hear the testimonies of the transformed lives of the young adults in SEND. View the announcement and invitation here.

Spring has Sprung – Be Filled with Joy & Green Hope!

Be filled with great hope!

Finally – after a long, cold, hard, winter…okay maybe it wasn’t that long, cold, or hard – but today winter is over! And this makes me a very excited ministry leader and gardener!


Because this time of year my thoughts turn to growing things, planting things, and seeing life burst back into all of the living things in my yard. There is something about the “greening” of the grass, trees, flower beds that excites me and fills me with great hope about what is to come with new growth in the Spring.

I have seen that happen over the last year in our ministry. While we have experienced some of our toughest days financially due to the downturn in the economy, I have seen life burst back into our ministry with the addition of Servants Equipping New Disciples, SEND. This new ministry initiative was launched from a clear vision, mission, and purpose that our ministry was to help churches connect with young adults, disciple them, and raise them up to be strong Christian leaders in their churches and their communities. This initiative also strengthens our core philosophy of ministry that Christianity spreads most effectively through relationships.


Because the movement grows and spreads as relationships grow. When well tended to and cared for, this growth can provide life changing fruit – just like in my garden. And this makes me a very happy ministry leader and gardener!

I came across this bit of scripture today and it  inspired me to write this post to share what we are doing this Spring to advance the movement, Servants Equipping New Disciples.

“May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Romans 15:13, MSG)

We are hosting several Compass Events throughout the mid-west to introduce churches and communities to SEND. Our hope and prayer is we will start building on new relationships and through these relationships the movement with grow and spread. We believe God has placed in our path young adults, church leaders, teachers, prayer partners, and donors for us to meet in 2012. We believe this because God has already raised up these people since the launch of SEND. We believe He is calling us to build these types of relationships.

We also know we are called to share the joy, and life giving energy that comes from being around the young adults currently in SEND.  These young adults will inspire you and make you to want to be 24 again!

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather, and I truly hope you will consider attending or hosting one of these upcoming Compass Events at your church or in your community. I guarantee you will be filled with joy when you see the fruit growing from this movement. I know once you hear about the changes taking place in the lives of these young adults through SEND, and how God is using these young adults to make an impact in the Kingdom, you will brim over with hope for young adults today. And that should make us all very happy Christians.

“A-Ha” Moments….February Newsletter

While I was sitting in a teaching session in SEND last week I had an “A-Ha” moment. Some might call them a Kairos moment, or use the expression “a light bulb just went off.” However, this one was really intense. It felt like I was kicked in the gut, as I sat there thinking in stunned silence: “Thank you Lord. Thank you. Thank you Lord.” Read the entire article and the rest of the newsletter.

Meet J-Dog, get immersed in revival culture!

Each year Church Doctor Ministries travels to Sheffield, England for a special mission immersion experience. This year we are super excited to offer this opportunity to those who are interested in learning more about Servants Equipping New Disciples (SEND). This is a special trip!

You will be traveling with a team of people from all over North America. You’ll get to experience what it is like to be a part of a movement that is spreading across England, Europe, North America and other parts of the world.

Why should you go all the way to England? You will get to experience the movement right from the grassroots level. You’ll have a chance to better understand the culture and context of the movement and experience a complete missional immersion trip that is not like anything in North America.

This trip is for young adults, pastors, ministry leaders, church members, and Christians who want to learn first hand about revival and discipleship development within the context of the missional movement. You’ll learn more than just how to start a missional community. Your travel team leaders will spend time with you talking through the things you are learning and seeing to help you better understand how the missional movement can impact your personal and professional ministry.

Consider joining Church Doctor Ministries and SEND for a trip of a lifetime!

PS – You’ll also get to meet missional movement specialist, Jon Hunter, also known as J-Dog, from The J-Dog Journey.

Here’s more information:

Trip Application

Trip Brochure

The Sheffield Report

Traveler Testimonies