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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!

Sincerely,

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

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Church Doctor Ministries is a member in good standing of The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Church Doctor Ministries has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.

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, sarahkolb@churchdoctor.org, or Jon Hunter, jonhunter@churchdoctor.org.

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

We’re Hiring: Financial Management and Development Team Leader

Were Hiring ChangeDo you love working with numbers, timelines, and building relationships with other Christians on fire for Jesus? We have an immediate opening on our team for someone who feels called to serve in Christian ministry in a unique and special way. Church Doctor Ministries, a non-profit Christian coaching, consulting, teaching ministry is looking for a full or part time financial management and development team leader.

Candidates must have bookkeeping, and non-profit financial management experience. Candidates must know how to operate and process finances in Quickbooks and must be able to serve on the team in the ministry office in Corunna, Indiana. Hours are flexible Monday through Friday with part time or full time candidates being reviewed. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to tracee@churchdoctor.org. No phone calls.

Explore S.E.N.D. Newsletter — August 2016

Read the August 2016 edition of the EXPLORE SEND newsletter.

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  • SEND leader, Kenzie Ritchie, shares her excitement for the coming SEND year!
  • Jon Hunter shares how you can invest in SEND North America.
  • What are the finishing touches for the Nehemiah House?
  • And more…

Read the full newsletter here.

 

EXPLORE S.E.N.D. Newsletter — July 2016

SEND-NewsJuly2016Read the July 2016 edition of the EXPLORE SEND newsletter.

  • SEND leader, Kenzie Ritchie, shares what she learned from SEND.
  • See the year in pictures.
  • See Jon’s video story of taking a discipleship challenge.
  • Learn about more exciting news for the Nehemiah House!
  • And more…

Read the full newsletter here.

More Exciting News for the Nehemiah House!

The Nehemiah Missionary House, next to Church Doctor Ministries’ office, was donated by a number of generous support partners several years ago. We are excited to use this space to house the growing number of female young adults who will participate in SEND this fall! However, our Missionary House is in need of serious repairs before August 15, 2016. Including cost of appliances, the total cost of repairs NEhamiah houseis $33,000.

Destiny Family of Faith, our partner church and SEND training center, has designated SEND’s Nehemiah Missionary House as their local mission outreach for the summer. With Destiny’s provision of labor, other financial contributions totaling $4,800, and a family’s challenge gift of $19,000 for this project, the Nehemiah Missionary House is coming along  —- but we still need your help!

 

Now is your chance to get involved and help us finish this project! Here’s how YOU can make an impact today:

  • Pray that God will provide everything needed for repairs to be completed by August 15.
  • Serve with Destiny Family of Faith’s mission team in repairs and renovations to the house. To coordinate, please contact Melissa at 260-599-0254 or destfamfaith@gmail.com.
  • Invest in the future of young adults by financially giving to the renovation of the Nehemiah Missionary House. Use the donate button below.

Donate in-kind items such as appliances or furniture.

E-mail kenzie@churchdoctor.org or call 1-800-626-8515 to learn more.



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What I Learned From S.E.N.D.

When I look back to last September when this team’s session of SEND began, I really had no idea what was in store. Yes, I had a calendar (I don’t do anything without that thing!) and an idea of where God would take us geographically, but I had no clue where God would take us spiritually over the course of 10 months. As this team’s final week of SEND training just passed, I want to share an invaluable lesson that God touched my heart with through the journey of SEND North America. I pray that the stories of these SEND young adults inspire you as much as they have me.

When you open yourself up to God, He reveals Himself to you.
ExploreJune14When I met Quinn, Sarah, and Ze for the first time, it was like the idea of SEND instantly “clicked” with them. They shared with me the desire to know God deeper, see where He is leading them, and make some new friends. Basically, they were open to an adventure, even one where the destination was unclear! Because of this willingness to go where God led them, they were able, maybe for the first time in their lives, to hear what God was saying — to listen to His voice. I watched countless times as all three of them encountered God, in different, yet powerful ways.

As Christians, we know that God is speaking into our lives, always communicating with us, but the question I learned to ask is: Am I listening to what He has to say? Am I willing to open my life up to the Creator of the universe and give Him the reins to do whatever He wants? When I put it like that, it sounds absurd that I might even consider saying no! Yet, isn’t that what we do? We keep our lives as just that, our lives, and forget that they really aren’t ours to begin with!

I am totally inspired by these SEND young adults who chose to give 10 months to discovering God’s purpose and plan for their lives. I watched God unfold plans that none of them could have imagined! When Quinn applied to SEND, he thought he might be called to military chaplaincy. After watching him engage with teens and kids throughout the last year, it is more obvious than any calling I’ve ever seen that he is meant for youth ministry! Sarah, who originally thought she may become a Christian counselor, will be training as a SEND leader next year as she explores her calling to inspire young adults to take the same leap of faith she did. Ze, also known as Elisee Jean, will be discipling others through pastoral ministry in Belize and discerning next steps to start SEND Central America. Patrick, a young adult who recently reconnected with SEND, feels called to young adult ministry and wants to see revival in his generation.

What beautiful horizons lay ahead for these young adults! The future is truly limitless for them, not because we believe in some cliché, but because our God is the author of all and is bigger than any dream you or I could come up with. The journey for this team of young adults began with them opening their hearts to God’s plans and being willing to take the adventure God laid out for them. They taught me that when we are willing to let God take His rightful place in the driver’s seat, He will take us down roads we didn’t even know existed. There will still be bumps (and maybe even some moments of carsickness along the way!), but God is truly the best navigator. He knows the right path, every time. Willingness to hand over the keys — and accept that we are just the copilot — is a life lesson worth learning early on.

It was my honor and privilege to watch as this team of SEND young adults lived out this lesson, and it is one I will never forget. I am forever grateful for the journey that God sent three young adults on over the last 10 months, and I am thankful to have been part of this journey with them, as their leader, mentor, confidant, and friend. As I said, the SEND young adults on this team were open to an adventure. And because of this, I watched them experience the adventure of a lifetime. And, it’s only just beginning.

God’s Blessings,
Mackenzie (Kenzie) Ritchie
Leader, S.E.N.D. North America