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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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 No phone calls.

Church Doctor Ministries Seeking Support Help

shield-953533_640Church Doctor Ministries is seeking part time support help. Must be able to work in our office in Corunna, Indiana. Responsibilities include assisting in managing day to day office operations, project management, ministry calendar, and professional executive assistant duties. Ministry and administrative experience desired. Must be organized with excellent written and oral communication skills, and experienced with Microsoft office programs. To be considered for this role in our ministry please email a resume, references to Tracee Swank, Email only, no phone calls please.

Experience S.E.N.D North America – December 2014 News

SEND-Dec2014-NewsletterWe pray you had a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year! As we begin 2015 and a new season of SEND, we want to share with you some highlights from 2014 and update you on our plans for the coming year for SEND North America.

Read all of the December 2014 newsletter here!


SEND North America Young Adults are 10 months away from becoming trained missionaries and helping you reach young adults in your church. Contact us to learn more.

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Where You and “Millennials” Collide

216Church Doctor Ministries has spent the last 35 years consulting, coaching, and teaching churches in order to make them more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission and making disciples for Christ. After consulting over 1,400 churches, the Church Doctors have identified a startling trend; young adults, “millennials”, are disappearing from the church! And not returning! This unsettling discovery led Church Doctor Ministries to launch the ministry initiative we know now as SEND North America!

Church Doctor Ministries is committed to building up the next generation of believers, and they love sharing their discoveries and strategies for how to do this! SEND is excited to announce that a local round table, teaching event, is available to you! This event, Reaching Young Adults: The Great Potential of Those 18-30 Years Old, sheds light on who comprises this “millennial” generation, how young adults are a key ingredient for a breakthrough movement for the Christian faith, and strategic plans all churches and organizations can implement to reach young people. This unique and powerful round table shares what God will do with this generation of 18-30 year olds to reach this country for Christ!

Contact Terry Atz at or 1-800-626-8525 to explore hosting “Reaching Young Adults” at your church or in your community.

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Hackelberg Named Young Adult Coordinator for SEND North America

KenzieHackelbergHeadMackenzie “Kenzie” Hackelberg of Fort Wayne, Indiana has been named young adult coordinator for SEND North America (SEND), a ministry initiative of Church Doctor Ministries. SEND is a hands-on leadership, mission, and ministry training experience for young adults, ages 18-29. SEND equips and sends young adults to make a difference in the world.

“We’re enthused to add Kenzie to the SEND team,” said Tracee Swank, leader of Church Doctor Ministries. “She brings a passion for involving young adults in local churches and has solid marketing credentials to help SEND grow,” Swank added.

In this role, Hackelberg will expand the SEND movement by identifying young adults with the gift of leadership to participate in the 10-month SEND experience. She will work with churches, pastors, Christian educational institutions, ministry leaders, and others to reach young adults who are seeking to act on God’s calling for their lives.

SEND graduates have gone on to become church planters, ministry staff team leaders, Christian teachers, camp counselors, missionaries, and marketplace leaders.

Hackelberg graduated from Adrian College in Michigan with a B.A. in Arts Management. She recently served as director of music and student ministries at First Christian Church in Traverse City, Michigan. She has held several positions in marketing, sales and customer service.

“One of life’s biggest questions is, what is my purpose in life?,” Hackelberg said. She continued,”I am so excited to be a part of the SEND team because SEND is all about answering that question, but with a twist! Instead SEND challenges young adults to ask and discover, what is my purpose in Christ? I am passionate about helping young adults like me deepen their faith, discover who God is calling them to be, and find out what it means to live life as a follower of Jesus!”

Anyone interested in knowing more about SEND is welcome to contact Hackelberg at or 1-800-626-8515, or visit

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SEND Teacher Spotlight! – Pastor Adam Diehl

530575In our discipleship and missionary training process we have over 50 teachers that teach over 75 teachings throughout our journey. The Lord has blessed this ministry with so many incredible teachers who serve and share years of ministry experience and wisdom with our young adults. These teachings and our amazing teachers are what makes our process so fantastic and unique to other types of discipleship training programs in the United States. Throughout this SEND training year 13-14 we would like to share with you the incredible servants who teach in SEND in a segment called:
SEND Teacher Spotlight! For this week, we introduce Pastor Adam Diehl!

What classes do you teach in SEND?

  • I teach on several of the Lifeshapes. The Lifeshapes are a tool that help us disciple like Jesus discipled. Discipling is not just about teaching someone else – it’s about doing life with them and allowing them into your life. I also teach a class on worship, and what it means to connect with God in the corporate setting, and how we do that.

What is your background?

  • I have an undergraduate degree in music, and took Bible School classes in the evenings. I am currently slowly working my way through seminary.

Where do you serve the Lord and for how long have you been in ministry?

  • I am on staff at New Hope Christian Center in Northeast Indiana, where I have attended my entire life. I started leading the band for the worship team in my later years of high school, and came on staff part-time during college. I started as the full-time Worship Arts pastor in 2006, and have had additional leadership responsibilities with Kids Ministry and community life and groups.

What is your favorite thing about SEND North America?

  • My favorite thing about being involved is the obvious fertile soil in which I’m investing (the SEND unit). My favorite thing about the SEND North America process, is its unique hands-on approach to ministry training. The participants aren’t learning because they’re lectured to; they’re learning because they experience and practice their class discussions.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Pick one…

  • I shook the hand that shook the hand of Mother Teresa.
  • I was a HUGE fan of “Lost” (the TV show), until the series finale. Now I detest the whole thing.
  • I once ate escargot (snail) at a nice restaurant. It felt like a mushroom in my mouth, but as I chewed, it tasted more and more like poop and dirt mixed together. The moral of the story: it doesn’t matter how much you pay for it, snail tastes like snail.
  • In high school, I was really good at the xylophone and marimba.
  • I once road my bicycle 100 miles in one day.
  • I am Batman. You don’t think so? Have you ever seen Batman and me in the same room at the same time? No? Hmm – what’s that tell you?

The always hilarious and multi-talented Adam Diehl ladies and gentlemen! In all serious please check him out at New Hope Christian Center as he leads worship. Amazing gifted worship leader and one we call friend her at SEND North America!

The State of Ministry Report

The State of Ministry Report
SEND North America
Kent R. Hunter
August 12, 2013

This report is being sent to anyone who has donated to the SEND ministry for any reason, as well as those who have taught or served SEND in any way.

I wish I could meet with you personally to share this. I’m praying that you will catch the enthusiasm I feel as if we were sitting down together.

How do we evaluate SEND? We evaluate SEND by the evidence of the objectives: SEND exists to impart (1) spiritual formation; (2) discipleship; and, (3) mission training – in young adults, 18-29, who graduate from SEND. The benchmark level for each of these objectives is, by comparison with the training program graduates we have observed in England over the last 12 years. This is the result: while SEND is still a young movement, every graduate reflects the spiritual levels in all of these objectives, just as we have seen in England.

In addition, 90% of the graduates are in ministry now: church planting, operating a camp for children, working on staff at a church, teaching in an inner-city Christian school, and working to help us recruit for future SEND young adults. At this time there is no young adult who has yet returned for a second year to take the SEND leadership, to be trained to start a SEND unit at their church – but one young adult is considering it.

There are several churches that have expressed the desire to hire a SEND graduate and one ministry outreach in Central America that would like to hire a SEND leader and establish a SEND unit. There are several churches that would like to have a SEND unit at some time in the future.

One of SEND’s greatest challenges has been recruitment. In the first year, five young adults participated. All graduated. In the second year (October 2012-June 2013), there photo7were three enrolled. One of them was injured in an auto accident while home for Thanksgiving break. He required on-going reconstructive surgery on his wrist and had to drop out. Another from last year was dismissed from SEND. (SEND has an accountability structure. It follows the same structure used in England. Young adults are apprised, verbally and in writing, at the beginning of certain behaviors that are not tolerated. They receive a “strike” for each infringement, plus counseling and guidance. Three “strikes” and you are out. Sadly, we had a young man who received three strikes just before the end of this last year. Three local pastors and the SEND leader, Josh, were part of the effort to help him from receiving the third strike. While this is unfortunate, it also happens fairly often in England. SEND must maintain standards of conduct that provide a good experience for all the young adults involved and hold them accountable in an evangelical and disciplined approach).

SEND has a “break even” financial model based on 12 young adults. The maximum for involvement in one year is 20. All funds go entirely for the operating of SEND. All efforts provided by the staff of Church Doctor Ministries are donated. The training center for SEND is donated. It is at Destiny Family of Faith, a church in a strip mall in Kendallville, Indiana, pastored by Mike Albaugh. They have been extraordinarily gracious. And I believe SEND has also been a blessing to their ministry. Should SEND reach an enrollment of more than 12 young adults, the extra finances would be directed toward recruitment efforts. As of this writing, several young adults are in the application process for this coming fall. It is too early to predict how many will participate in this coming training season, October 2013-June 2014.

Recruitment efforts are an ongoing learning experience. We have learned much about what doesn’t work. We have learned a lot about what is effective and are focusing strategies that seem to be more productive:

  • Using social media to raise awareness
  • Meeting young adults who are (1) faithful, (2) available, and (3) teachable
  • Targeting churches that have demonstrated effectiveness in reaching and keeping young adults, 18-29.
  • Recruiting as a yearlong effort (This will begin this fall, when Josh will designate one day each week for recruiting, while SEND is operating. This was simply not possible the first two years, when everything was so new and we were learning so much. We believe this year it will be possible.)
  • Utilizing one of our first-year graduates as an ambassador for SEND, sharing his testimony.
  • Using the DVD from the Christian television show, Restoration Road, which featured interviews with SEND leader Josh Humberger and some of the young adults.
  • Targeting Christian colleges and high schools.
  • Reaching out to homeschool associations.

One of the greatest breakthrough blessings has come through one of the volunteer SEND teachers, Yohannes Mengsteab. Yohannes, originally from East Africa, has been in this country for many years. He has been a pastor, a church planter, and launched a church planting movement for a denomination. As a teacher of SEND, Yohannes has observed the ministry “up close” for the last two years. He is a great encourager. Yohannes feels we are on the right track. Having started a movement of his own, he reminds us that it takes years to gain momentum. Yohannes now works for a foundation as a representative to churches. From his base of experience, Yohannes says that the Christian church in America is in need of new mechanisms for training the next generation of leaders. He believes SEND is one answer to that need. Yohannes guided us to prepare a grant request to the Foundation. In March, the foundation board, granted SEND $90,000 for three years, to help with recruitment and to partially support Josh Humberger’s salary while we worked on recruitment. This has greatly encouraged us because (1) he knows SEND and Josh very well, (2) has had interaction with the young adults during both of these two years (he teaches church planting with African enthusiasm!), and (3) he understands the time it takes to develop a movement. This grant helps us “bide time” to learn more about recruiting.

All of our 50 volunteer teachers agreed to teach the second year of SEND. The volunteer mentors also continue to help. Josh is now approaching these volunteers for this coming year to serve again.

Josh Humberger is a great leader of SEND, uniquely gifted for this role. We have also observed him operating with the challenges of SEND, and watched his willingness to sacrifice. He now has to raise the balance of his own support, on top of everything else, until we reach a minimum of 12 young adults.

Meanwhile, we have conducted research about young adults. This has included books, articles and conferences. We are researching at our own expense. Josh, myself, and our colleague, Tracee, have been learning so much that will help us with recruitment. We have learned that the way we operate SEND (which we patterned after what they do in England), is perfect for the post-modern, millennial, young adult generation. Also, it follows the movement dynamics of Christianity, which has slowly drifted toward organizational bureaucracy and institutionalism – beyond what the Scripture intends for the Body of Christ. Tracee recently received unexpected and unsolicited support for the SEND model as she led a group to England this last June. We now include in that England trip a visit to the Message Trust, a ministry to reach inner-city youth in Manchester, England. The leader of the young adult training project told Tracee that what they do is almost identical in its tone and approach to SEND. For them, over the years, this has become a phenomenally successful ministry. That has been very encouraging to us.

I am developing a new workshop, “Reaching the Young Adult Generation, “for pastors and church leaders. Since so many young adults are leaving the church, this workshop should be very helpful – and alert many to the SEND opportunity. I hope to start providing this workshop in the next couple months. We believe that a SEND graduate who returns to their church can be an enormous help to church staff and leaders, guiding them to reach the young adult generation. Most of us over 40 have no clue how to do this – life has changed that much!

How can you help?

  • Watch for young adult Christians who are faithful, available and teachable, and direct them to
  • Provide us with their contact information.
  • Pray for this next generation of Christian leaders.
  • Pray that we get more financial support to get through these beginning years.
  • If you have nay questions about SEND, please feel free to contact us.

For the cause of the Great Commission,



Kent R. Hunter

Please contact SEND North America Leader Josh Humberger at 1.800.626.8515 or if you have questions or names of young adults.

20-Something – And Unemployed

Scott hit the books hard to get good grades during his four years at a prestigious university. He worked part-time during the school year and each summer handled two jobs, to keep student loans at a minimum. With graduation only a few weeks away, and three months of sending out resumes, Scott is likely to become one of the millions of jobless young adults.

In the U.S., only about half of those 18-24 years old (54%) are employed – according to a recent study by the PEW Research Center. In many countries, the jobless rate of this young adult generation is even greater. Michael Schuman’s article “The Jobless Generation” in Time Magazine is shocking. Schuman cites figures from the International Labor Organization revealing “75 million people ages 15-24 are unemployed globally – or 2 out of every 5 jobless – and there is little hope of significant improvement.”

The X Factor

There is a great opportunity hidden in this challenge. This same generation is strongly cause related. Landmark research like David Kinnaman’s You Lost Me shows that this generation wants to make a difference. Scott worked hard at school in order to make a living. Perhaps the hidden opportunity in the dismal job market is the chance to make an impact.

Advanced degrees promote more education, more information. Typical resumes include areas of study, grade point averages, and part-time employment histories. These academic and skill reports are important, but in an employer’s market of a tight economy, there is another factor. Call it the X Factor: Character. So you – like many – have invested in academics. You have a short history of part-time jobs. What are your values? What about your worldview? What is the depth of your attitude?

It’s called character formation. You went to school and prepared to make a living. What have you invested in your preparation to make a life? These are questions that the 20-something generation should be asking.

Nick spent two years at a university, got wrapped up in the party culture, and began delivering pizza to get out of debt. Then Nick made a character-building decision and joined a faith-based, 10-month boot-camp-type experience called SEND North America “ I’ve learned who I am, my strengths, and the importance of values,” he says. Those who knew Nick before saw he had untapped potential. The X Factor – the release of “character confidence” is obvious when you see him at the end of the ten-month SEND experience. “I don’t know what path my future will take,” he says, “but I’ll never be the same. Before, I didn’t feel I had a direction. Now I see my biggest challenge as the many choices I have.” Potential employers will spot the X Factor in Nick in the first 30 seconds. Character development – you can feel the difference. Those who have invested in character development will make a difference. It just may be what this world needs the most.