THE MISSIONS TEAM
The Missions Team exists to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by mobilizing
and involving the members of Grace Fellowship Church in making disciples
of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20) through sending and supporting missionaries.
The Missions Team shall be directly accountable and responsible to the
Elders of Grace Fellowship Church in accordance with Article III, Section
14 of the Constitution and Bylaws.
A. The Missions Team shall be responsible to establish and maintain a
written policy concerning the missions program of the church. The policy
shall be approved by the Elders.
B. The Missions Team shall provide a proposed missions budget for the
coming year by the date requested by the Budget Team.
C. The Missions Team shall be responsible for the allocation of missions
D. The Missions Team shall strive to stimulate within the congregation
intercessory prayer for world evangelism, for our missionaries, and other
E. The Missions Team shall strive to instruct and educate the congregation
in the biblical mandate for missions through bible studies, missions conferences,
and other appropriate means.
F. The Missions Team shall strive to involve the congregation in missions
through short term missions trips and other appropriate means.
G. The Missions Team shall be responsible to interview and recommend
missionary candidates to the Elders including a recommendation of the
type of involvement and support including the amount of financial support
H. The Missions Team shall be responsible to annually reevaluate support
to missionaries currently receiving support. If at that time, or any other
time during the year, the Missions Team deems that a missionary should
no longer be supported by Grace Fellowship Church, that recommendation
should be made to the Elders for approval or disapproval.
I. The Missions Team shall minister appropriately to missionaries who
are on home assignment.
H. The Missions Team shall involve members of the congregation, as needed,
to assist in
accomplishing its purpose.
IV. Members of the Missions Team
A. Ex-Officio Members
1. The Pastor-Teacher of Grace Fellowship Church is an ex-officio member
of the Missions Team in accordance with Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution
B. Selection of and Service on the Missions Team
1. Members of the Missions Team must be members of Grace Fellowship
2. The members of the Missions Team will be selected and approved annually.
3. The members of the Missions Team agree to serve for the calendar year.
4. The Missions Team shall be responsible to recommend members to the
Board of Elders for the next calendar year by November 1. All recommendations
must be approved by the Elders (Constitution & Bylaws, Article III,
5. The Missions Team shall have as many members as deemed necessary to
fulfill its responsibility. At the discretion of the Missions Team upon
approval by the Elders, additional persons may be selected to serve at
any time during the year.
6. A person may serve for an indefinite period of time but must be recommended
and approved annually.
7. At least one Elder must be a member of the Missions Team.
C. Missions Team Leader
1. The Missions Team Leader shall be recommended annually by the existing
Missions Team to be approved by the Elders.
2. The Missions Team Leader shall be responsible to call meetings and
oversee the ministry of the Missions Team.
3. The Missions Team Leader shall be directly responsible to the Elders.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
I. “Evangelism” and “Missions”
A. Evangelism: Evangelism refers to the proclamation of the gospel regardless
of the geographic location. All believers are to be involved in proclaiming
the gospel in whatever sphere God has placed them.
B. Home Missions: Home Missions refers to cross-cultural evangelism and
ministry within the person’s native country. It may involve becoming
acquainted with another language and culture but not leaving to go to
another country. [Examples are refugee work or ministry to International
students - both of which can be extremely strategic as far as World Evangelisation
C. International Missions: International Missions refers to the crossing
of significant cultural barriers into another country’s society
in order to live among another people. It usually necessitates learning
another language and learning new customs for everyday life.
Note: There is a great need for ministries which support evangelism and
missions. Support ministries may include such activities as administration,
medical work, aviation, and other services. These ministries are a vital
part of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and will be
considered for support as defined below in the missions policy.
II. Vocational Status
Each missionary will be put into one of three categories: Career Missionaries,
Short Term Missionaries or Project Workers.
A. Career Missionary: This is designated for anyone applying for career
status, which will be defined as 4 or more years of intended service on
B. Short Term Missionary - This is designated for anyone applying for
a term of 3
months up to 4 years. Individuals/Families who pursue short term missionary
should do so in prayerful consideration of moving to career status.
C. Project Worker - This is designated for anyone applying for a project
that is up to
three months in length. GFC encourages every member of the body to participate
a project and sees this as foundational to the missions program.
CAREER MISSIONS POLICY
I. Priorities in Career Missions
The most measurable goal Scripture gives us for accomplishing the Great
Commission is that of discipling "peoples." We are commanded
to disciple all the peoples of the world (Matthew 28:18). We are promised
that the gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as
a witness to all the nations and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).
It has been revealed to us in the Bible that when all is said and done
there will be men and women worshipping the Lamb from every nation and
all tribes and peoples and tongues (Revelation 7:9) because Christ has
purchased for God with his blood individuals from every tribe and tongue
and people and nation (Revelation 5:9).
Therefore, although we must wholeheartedly continue to multiply churches
within people groups where an evangelizing church has already been planted,
we must also be vitally concerned about planting churches where Christ
has not yet even been named (Romans 15:20). Since we are specifically
told that the Great Commission will only be fulfilled when some from every
people are won to Christ, therefore a special focus on penetrating unreached
people groups is warranted.
A. Types of Missionary Outreach
1. Church planting: Refers to the establishing of local, indigenous churches
characterized by true worship of God, effective biblical nurture of believers,
and evangelization of unbelievers, to the end that these churches will
Church planting efforts will require an initial evangelistic strategy
and a strong, ongoing gospel witness and teaching ministry for the effective
building up of a body of believers. The goal should be the establishing
or building up new local churches.
2. Strengthening existing churches: This refers to the equipping and building
up existing local, indigenous churches so that they are able to evangelize
and reproduce churches among their own people in an effective way.
Efforts to strengthen local churches may include such activities as training
national leadership and partnering with Christian nationals in outreach
3. Support ministries: This refers to providing support services to aid
those engaged in church planting and equipping ministries. Support ministries
may include such activities as administration, medical work, aviation,
and other services.
Note: These categories are not meant to convey inferiority or superiority
among types of missionary work. At the same time, we will seek to plan
and create missions policies and strategies so as to focus on areas of
missionary activity which seem to be critical from the perspective of
world missions at this time in history. For this reason we will increasingly
seek to devote the majority of supported missionary activity to the planting
and equipping of churches in both "unreached" and critically
II. Qualifications of Career Missionaries
A. A clear profession of faith in Christ alone with evidence of God's
saving work, spiritual maturity, continued growth in holiness, and the
fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
B. A Member of Grace Fellowship Church and actively involved in ministry
for a minimum of one year.
C. Meets the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-12 and Titus 1:5-9.
D. Adequate education and training to carry out the proposed ministry.
This includes Bible training and cross-cultural preparation and whatever
professional training that may be required.
E. Background of proven ministry experience (including active involvement
in evangelism and discipleship and ideally to include an overseas short-term
experience and/or cross-cultural experience in the U.S.).
F. Desires to maintain a strong relationship with GFC members and leadership
including regular communication; seeks accountability with GFC; abides
by any guidelines for correspondence and periodic review of ministry;
willing to pursue equipping opportunities as GFC or the chosen mission
agency would require.
G. Pursuing or already accepted by a mission agency approved by GFC.
H. Must be debt free or able to become debt free before departing for
Note: Grace Fellowship Church may consider support of missionaries who
are currently active members in good standing of another like-minded church,
who have been active members there for a minimum of the past two years,
and who meet these qualifications with the exception of #B [membership].
However, we will give support priority to those who are presently members
III. Process of Evaluating and Approving Career Missionaries
Each step of
this process must occur. However, for the purpose of effectively
evaluation, the Missions Team may add necessary steps and
procedures. At any point in the process GFC or the candidate(s)
may terminate the process.
A. The candidate(s) seeking
support must make a written request to be considered for support.
B. The candidate(s) will recieve
a “Missionary Candidate Packet” which will include pertinent
documents and requesting the candidate(s) to do the following:
1. Read, be familiar with, and
note any questions concerning the GFC Missions
2. Familiarize yourself with GFC
by reading the following:
a. “Why Grace Fellowship Church
b. Grace Fellowship Church
c. The Five “Solas”
3. Read, be familiar with, and
note any questions concerning:
a. The GFC Brief Statement of
b. The GFC Detailed Statement of
c. “What We Believe About the
Five Points of Calvinism”
d. The GFC Constitution and
4. Fill out the GFC Missionary
5. Answer the GFC Questions for
6. Return the GFC Missionary
Application and Questions for Missions
Candidates to the Missions
C. The GFC Missions Team will
contact references of the candidate.
D. The GFC Missions Team will
contact an appropriate person from the missions agency in order to
research its ministry, doctrinal statement, and other appropriate
documents to determine its like-mindedness with GFC’s doctrinal
position and purpose.
E. If the candidate(s) is (are) a
member of another local church, the GFC Missions Team will contact
the Pastor-Teacher (and/or any other appropriate person) from the
church in order to research its ministry, doctrinal statement, and
other appropriate documents to determine that church’s
like-mindedness with GFC’s doctrinal position and purpose.
F. The candidate(s) will have a personal interview with the GFC
G. The candidate(s) will attend a
congregational meeting and share with the congregation concerning
ministry plans with an opportunity for members of the congregation
to ask questions of the candidate(s).
H. After the above meeting, the
Missions Team will request input from the congregation concerning
the candidate(s) allowing an appropriate amount of time for the
congregation to respond.
I. If approved by the Missions
Team, the candidate(s) will be recommended to the Elders along
with a recommended amount of financial support.
J. The Elders will approve or
disapprove the recommendation.
IV. Support of Career Missionaries
A. Types of Support
After If it is determined that GFC desires to support the missionary,
that support could be in one of the following ways.
1. Regular Prayer Support - A commitment to regularly pray as a church
for the missionary and his ministry.
2. One-time Financial Gift
3. Regular Prayer Support and a One-time Financial Gift
4. Full Support (prayer and ongoing monthly financial support)
B. Reevaluation and Termination of Support
It is the Mission Team’s responsibility to check annually with
the missionaries and missions agencies to see if our missionaries are
adequately supported. Increase in support will be determined by the need
of the missionary and our ability to meet the need, considering the total
missions budget at GFC. A standardized questionnaire will also be sent
to each missionary or couple. Increases in support, when given, are determined
when the annual budget is prepared.
In addition, reevaluation (and possible termination upon approval of the
Elders) of continued support will be done by review of the Missions Team
at the time of any of the following incidents in a missionary's life:
1. Change of doctrine and/or philosophy of ministry not consistent with
that of GFC.
2. Change in the nature or location of ministry.
3. Change of missions agency/organization.
5. An extended furlough.
6. Problems which interfere with the missionary's ability to perform normal