Your Mission, should you choose to accept it …

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Some supporters asked us what is the difference between our current mission trip to Taiwan and the last one. The differences are huge. The last one was a vision trip, to open our eyes to the needs in the field and to acquaint ourselves with the ministry of all the field missionaries. It gave us a taste of what life in the mission field is like, and possibly to identify where we might fit in. We got to know all the field and support workers, and made some good friends while learning what God is doing in this part of His kingdom. It also enabled them to get to know us, and to call on us where they feel we can be of help.

This one is a mission trip, consisting of two components. Part one is internal. The mission agency in the area is undergoing reorganization, with a newly appointed ministry director (MD). While the area’s administrative policies and procedures are well documented, the ministry side still awaits compilation. Accordingly the MD retained us as consultants to assist in collecting the processes and best practices in the following areas:

1. Receiving new missionaries
2. Orienting new missionaries
3. Language and orientation process for first term missionaries
4. Giving assignments to missionaries
5. Home service procedure
6. Choosing and starting ministry areas
7. Forming ministry teams
8. Appointing team leaders
9. Church planting process
10. Church planting closure
11. Partnership with local partner/church
12. Partnership with other missions
13. Receiving short-term mission teams
14. Starting and doing expatriate ministry

As you can see, the subjects start with receiving and orienting new missionaries, and end chronologically with church planting closure, supplemented by auxiliary topics like forming partnerships and doing expatriate ministry. Some subjects, like church planting process, are so big that whole books have been written on them and just scratched the surface. Plus the available time for the assignment is short. Although we have been consultants or used consultant services for over two decades, it reminds us of the series “Mission Impossible”!

To keep the assignment manageable, we have elected to interview all relevant personnel to gather their insights and ideas on the topics. At the same time, we contacted the mission executives of other agencies we know to solicit their advice on the different areas. Hopefully between these internal and external sources, we can gather together all the processes and procedures that will help leadership and the members make important ministry decisions.

That’s part 1, but there is a second component which I will post tomorrow.

(To be continued)

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