Developing a Mission Program

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How do we organize the missions activities of the church?

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The missions committee or Missions Advancement Team will supply the manpower needed to develop and implement the missions plan within any local church. This team is made up of gifted and skilled advocates of missions who assist the pastor and the church leadership to carry out the missions vision of the local church.

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How do we maintain our missions momentum in the church?

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It is a challenge to keep the excitement and commitment to missions high in the hearts of the congregation. Here are some ways to accomplish that: The Pastor: Pastors are the visionary leader of the church. In that role, he/she should talk about missions on a regular basis from the pulpit. This conveys to the … Learn More »

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Does my church need to be a certain size before we implement a missions program?

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The average size church in the U.S. is under 100 members. That means 95% of all the churches in America would be classified as small churches. The participation of only 5% of the church in missions will not win the world to Christ. It is the little guys that are going to carry the day! … Learn More »

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How can I assess our current missions program?

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The first step is to accurately locate exactly “where you are” in your church’s missions development. We have developed a tool titled “Missions Activity Locator” (available in the Global Pathway’s workshop and CD). This is a tool we have developed in the form of a questionnaire. Each of the 25 questions listed addresses a list … Learn More »

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What should happen on a Missions Sunday?

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You do not have to devote the whole service to missions on Missions Sunday. Use 5-10 minutes to create a meaningful “Missions Moment.” The purpose of Missions Sunday is to: Inspire and motivate the people to stay faithful to the church’s missions program through their prayers and financial giving. Take a special missions offering separate … Learn More »

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Is having a Missions Sunday each month important?

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Having a planned Missions Sunday each month is a key component in maintaining the momentum that you created through the annual missions conference. It should be on the same week each month to create consistency.

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Should the church support a certain type of missionary over another type?

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This will depend upon the church’s personal vision and missions program. If a local church has a focus in church planting in Africa, then most likely the support of the church will go to missionaries who are involved in the similar type of missionary focus.

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How do we get each department of the local church involved in the church’s missions program?

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By using a four-step departmental activation process, you can activate every area of your church for the purpose of fulfilling your missions vision. This four-step process involves four simple questions. The Mission Advancement Team should work with each departmental head assisting them to understand the four-step process of the departmental activation form (taken from the … Learn More »

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What amount of monthly commitment should we make to a missionary?

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This will be determined by each individual Mission Advancement Team as they take into consideration the financial capability of the church and the need, status, education, and how strategic the vision is of each missionary.

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How do we determine who we should support with our missions funds?

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The determining factor as to whether a missionary receives missionary funds will be determined by the mission committee, whom we call the Mission Advancement Team. Each missionary requesting missionary support should be evaluated on an individual basis based on the needs of the field location and effectiveness it will play on world .