I’ve worked on developing missions strategy and structure within the church for the past couple of years. I found there wasn’t a lot of basic structure on how to develop and/or promote missions into the lifeblood of the church. As a result, I developed the following approach to missions and evangelism through the church. I am including this here as a reference for anyone who might be developing this within their church. This structure may give you a good starting point for developing a structure for your ministry. Feel free to copy, take and use any portion of this.
Missions & Evangelism Ministry Breakdown
The basis for our missions’ ministry is found in Matthew 28:18-20. The passage tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations …”. It is our responsibility to “Go”. Every child of God is commanded to “Go”. This is not dependant on some calling to foreign, national, state or other missions. God did not leave this as an optional area of service. He has told each and every one of us to share the gospel throughout the world. The structure for this ministry is found in Acts 1:8 – [Jerusalem (Local) / Judea& Samaria (Regional)/ Earth (National & International)].
Our purpose is to involve every member of our Church in missions as an effort to encourage personal fulfillment of the Great Commission, both locally and globally. The foundation of this ministry will always have a goal of sharing the gospel and demonstrating the love of God in radical ways. The vision and desire of the missions’ ministry is to increase the passion of our Church for personal evangelism, local, state & foreign missions, and missions efforts in general for the glory of Christ through training and involvement in missions opportunities.
This ministry will function under the direction of the Missions Pastor working with the Point Person of each area of missions to determine needs and plans for spreading the Gospel. The foundation of this ministry should always have a goal of sharing the gospel and demonstrating the love of God in radical ways.
Trip Selection & Planning
Finalization of Trip Selection is to be determined by the Pastors and Point Person of each area. These trips will be the church promoted/sanctioned trips for the year. There may be some trips that are one year trips while others commit to a longer relationship with the field. Those with longer relationships should be planned with the intentions of a multi-year commitment to the field. These trips should be designed with the intention of developing relationships with the field. Types of these trips could include: Evangelism, Construction, English teaching, Pastoral Training, Medical, Leadership Training, Life Skills, VBS, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Orphanage, Church Planting, and more. The goal of all missions’ trips should be to support and/or help establish local churches with indigenous leadership. National and International trips should be prayerfully selected, approved and scheduled by July 15 of the previous year.
Missions Ministry Leadership will annually prioritize ministry objectives to determine funding. Portions of church sanctioned trips will be offset by the Missions Fund. (The Missions Fund is supported by the annual missions offering and special gifts given throughout the year to the Missions Fund.) Each trip’s offset amount will be independently determined by the missions/stewardship team based upon the total cost of the trip, type of trip, availability of funds, and total mission efforts that need to be funded. Because of the missions ministry offset of the trip cost, each team is asked not to conduct a corporate fund-raiser aimed at the Church membership until after the annual offering is received.
Trip cost offset funds are only available to members of our Church. And team members must contribute a minimum of 50% of the cost of the trip before offset funding will be considered. Offset funds may cover anywhere from 0% to 50% of the trip depending on fund availability and trips to fund. There is NO guaranteed percentage or amount for support. Offset funds are guaranteed only for a set number of participants.
Deposits should be made by all participants on dates determined by team leaders. Plane tickets may not be ordered until there are sufficient funds (including offset) to cover price of ticket.
NOTE: Funding assistance for non-sanctioned missions’ trips by church members will be considered on an individual basis. Support will be determined by the missions’ team/pastoral staff with consideration given to other trips and funds available.
- The necessary qualifications including age, physical ability, mental & emotional stability, missions’ experience, and spiritual maturity of participants should be determined by the team leader in advance of advertising the trip. This should be determined based on the requirements of the trip and type of trip.
- Team participants should submit application including personal testimony to participate on trip.
- Must be willing and able to share a gospel witness if needed (training will be provided)
- Must attend mandatory pre-trip meetings
- Must have or acquire a valid passport at their own cost prior to purchase of tickets. (If trip is International)
- If the team capacity is not filled from the our membership, openings may be filled by individuals of similar faith. All other requirements remain other than church membership.
Trip Leaders / Trainers
Leaders and/or Trainers must be a faithful member of our Church who meets the qualifications for the First Lead level of ministry. They must have participated in at least one other church sanctioned trip and/or been approved by the missions leadership and pastoral staff. They must also have served as a co-leader with an approved trainer before leading their own trip. Additionally, they should have good organizational skills including the ability to contact local missionaries, make all travel arrangements, and manage the team while on the field. They will be responsible for planning the trip itinerary, team size, project costs, and leading the necessary training sessions prior to the trip. Team trainers are church pastoral staff members and other leaders who have the experience necessary to qualify as a trainer as approved by the missions leadership and pastoral staff. Those going as co-leaders may receive additional financial assistance from missions’ funds because of an increased level of involvement as determined by missions’ leadership and pastoral staff.
National & International
- One to two main areas of focus will be developed for the church with the possibility of other relationships being developed on a lesser scale.
- Church Plants will receive high consideration in this area as a way to multiply churches throughout the region. We will discover ways to partner with and help various church plants.
- As part of the full spectrum of our missions’ obligation we must participate in missions efforts on a more local level.
- The Missions Ministry will promote and help coordinate local mission projects throughout the year to help involve more our members in missions.
- Servant Evangelism (use groups as a vehicle) – these are acts of kindness with the purpose of showing God’s love.
- Community Involvement (church wide events) – these are opportunities to team up with existing ministries (i.e. food pantries, foster care, homeless shelters, etc…) to assist them in their efforts. We don’t need to recreate the wheel that someone else is already doing well. Also, should look for opportunities to partner with other churches to increase our overall efforts and reach. Our goal is Kingdom growth!
- Quarterly Collection Projects – (coats & blankets, food for holidays, cereal for kids, etc…)
- Work Days @ Park / City clean up / etc.
- Big Days – 3 or 4 per year. These are more attraction type events that allow our people to bring their friends and family into our environment for worship.
- One Dayin the community (make use of Servant Evangelism ideas)
- Prayer Walking and Neighborhood canvasing Teams (get Easter door hangers)
- Kite Day @ Lake Willastein (children’s and Family outreach event)
- Car Show (community event)
- Evangelistic FREE Car Washes (find location)
- Evangelism at car washes and Laundromats
- Yard Work/ Minor Home Repairs – Various Locations
- Bottled Water Team (parks, etc…)
- Senior Adult Ministry – (Nursing Homes)
- Block Party (children’s and Family outreach event)
- Dental & Health Clinic
- Evangelism Group or Team
- The vision for the group is to reach outside our comfort zones to share the gospel and build our faith and trust in God at the same time.
- The tools for the group will use an evangelistic survey, evangecard, tracks (from E3) and invite cards to the church.
- Demonstrate the tools to the group and how to use them.
- Have those who have gone out tell stories about what has surprised them the most about going out and what opportunities they have had.
- Have the group break up and practice scenarios including: How to approach people, What to say and How to close the conversation
- Challenge the group to learn the E-card before the next meeting because it will be time to go out and put it all into action.
- This is designed to cast vision, promote opportunities, celebrate what God has done and pray for the harvest.
- Missions Rally Plan (once or twice a year … below is an example layout for the meeting)
- 6:00 – Welcome (Excited about what God has done)
- Upcoming Opportunities in Missions
- Praying for fields we have ministered in
- 6:15 – Pray
- Testimonies from missionary teams
- The MISSIONS MINISTRY should function as an evangelism arm of our Church.
- The MISSIONS MINISTRY will lead / help promote at least one evangelism training study or event annually to encourage the church body to become more able at personal evangelism.
- Evangelism Explosion / Share Jesus Without Fear / FAITH / Way of the Master
- The MISSIONS MINISTRY will work with the Groups Pastor to ensure that Servant Evangelism is a part of groups every semester.
Prayer in Missions
Daily prayer is necessary if we want to see something happen that only God can do. We must encourage our church to pray as they are involved in missions opportunities.
- PRAY for God to give you patience and flexibility as you minister. Prayer is an important part of any missions effort. There won’t be any wasted time as we minister … just more time to pray!
- PRAY for God to bring us people who need to hear about Him and His salvation. Pray that God will use YOU to share your faith with another person.
- PRAY that God will bring people in the ministry area to be saving faith in Him.
- PRAY for the churches of your area. Ask God to guide them as they ALL seek to reach the city for His glory.
- PRAY for church as a whole and the leaders of the church. Ask God for wisdom, guidance, opportunities and safety for those who serve.
- It is also vital that each person participating in a missions project have a prayer team of at least 5 people who will commit to praying for them daily.
- The MISSIONS MINISTRY will lead and help coordinate along with the pastoral staff an annual missions’ season to promote the missions efforts of the church. (November through January)
- The Missions Ministry should seek out new and better ways to promote missions among our church family.
- Missions’ conference / Missions Rally / etc.
Team Participant Application
Best Phone ____________________________________________________
Are you a member at our Church? Yes No
Will you commit to pray for this trip daily beginning today? Yes No
What do you hope to see God do in the mission field on this trip?
What do you hope to see God do in your life personally on this trip?
My personal Testimony: (Including Salvation Experience)