Appointment to missionary is a very long process. We know that we are placing people and often families in very difficult living situations. Stress is placed on the family, your faith, your world view and everything you ever thought you knew. It is of paramount importance then that we do a thorough assessment, exceptional pre-field preparation and approach missionary partner development (MPD) very seriously.
In accordance with Matthew 28:18-20, General Baptist International Ministries (GBIM) is committed to the New Testament philosophy of indigenous church planting through soul-winning, discipleship, Bible study, and the organization of churches that govern, support, and reproduce themselves.
WE AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
A. Indigenous Church – Of the people, by the people.
B. Self-Supporting Church
C. Self-Governing Church
D. Self-Propagating Church
One of the most important keys to successful ministry life is the development of ministry partners or what we commonly call share partners. This is done through a process of deputation where the missionary candidate cultivates relationships in various churches. These partners infuse the missionary with their time, energy, resources and prayer. They are key links to sharing your story with others and developing lifelong ministry partners.
When & Where?
Generally Ministry Partner Development (MPD) will take place as needed in a highly interactive “Focus” session at our offices in Poplar Bluff. “Focus” is a 2-day orientation and MPD introductory training that helps the missionary understand the deputation process, missionary life while on deputation, mission shares and ministry partner development.
Read – Pre Focus Reading Assignments
If considered necessary enroll in and complete the class “Perspectives on the World Mission Movement” – link here
What to expect at FOCUS
Focus will help the missionary begin the process of learning who we are as a missionary sending agency, the missionaries place within the agency, and the process involved in ministry partner development (MPD).
Sessions will include but are not limited to:
This is where the work you did in Phase 3 will come to fruition as you complete your training and begin coaching while sharing your story with individuals and visiting churches. Your goal will be to share the vision God has laid on your heart and invite people to share in your ministry by becoming partners with you. Cast your vision and alway remember to ask God before asking any particular individual or congregation to do anything. Remember without God nothing is possible!
The mission office will work with you to help fill out the church portion of your deputation schedule. It is desirable that 60% of your deputation be raised within a 150 miles radius of your home. The healthiest relationship is when the appointee’s home church assumes as much responsibility for “their” missionary as possible. GBIM will seek to foster a strong relationship between the appointee and their home church.
The missionary appointee should remain in their work place until 75% of their required deputation has been raised. At the 75% point the missionary candidate will be placed on a stipend so that they may focus 100% of their efforts to raise necessary support. The actual support goal is 105% of the budget worked out during the Focus session. Please understand that this can be a long process sometimes taking one year or more at times.
Pre-field orientation and training will take place during Phase 4 as well. The reading list compiled will help furnish the appointee adequate training for the field of service and ministry. The “Perspectives” class should be completed during this time if not before. Video conferences will be arranged with field missionaries in order for the missionary appointee to be better equipped with first hand knowledge of life on the field and their specific ministry assignment.
Other courses may be required during this period as well depending on the field of service and area of ministry.
We call this phase 5 but not necessarily because all the elements will fall last in your process.
A Contract for Missionary service will be signed and notarized approximately 30 days out from departure.
All missionary appointees are commissioned for missionary service in a special ceremony held before departure for the foreign field. GBIM shall lead in planning the service with the candidate and may preside at the service. A representative for GBIM will give an appropriate charge to the candidate(s). The service may be held at a national meeting, such as the Missions and Ministry Summit, or in a local church of the appointee’s preference.
As close to departure as scheduling will allow, the missionary will attend a program of missionary internship. This is essential training for the missionary appointee and is best done just prior to field assignment.
The process being fulfilled the missionary appointee will be cleared for field departure.