MISSIONS TEAM DESCRIPTION
The goal of the Missions team is to first, share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and second, to meet community needs locally, statewide, nationally, and/or internationally. Through research, budgeting, and the designing of a strategic plan, unsaved, marginalised, and underserved communities will be targeted. This includes, but not limited to missionary trips. All proposals will be presented to the pastor for review and approval.
PREVIOUS FUNDRAISERS TO CONSIDER: BAKE SALE, PIGGY BANK COLLECTION, 5 DOLLAR SUNDAY (CHOOSE ONE SUNDAY A MONTH TO COLLECT $5 AT THE END OF THE SERVICE), YARD SALES, ETC.
MISSIONS TEAM REQUIREMENTS
- The Great Commission. The core motivation for the Missions team is the Great Commission when Jesus addressed the 11 disciples. He said in Matthew 28:16-20:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. The Missions team understands Jesus’ commandment to the church, the importance of reaching the lost in areas that the local church cannot go, and supporting individuals, non-profits, organizations, etc., in reaching the state of Texas, the United States and the world.
- Compassion. Jesus was moved to pray not so much by faith but by the compassion that overcame Him for those who suffered. Matthew 9:36 explains that when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. In the story in which blind men receive their sight, Jesus was again moved with compassion, touching their eyes; they immediately received their sight and followed Him (Matt. 20:29-34).
- Expectations. The guidelines for the Missions team membership are:
- personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- a faith outlined by the creeds of the church
- an active membership in the ongoing life of the church
- a commitment to praying for missionaries
- Commitment. Attendance at workshops or training sessions, meeting an hour before service begins.
- Preparation. Monthly, the team will promote Missions to the church. This means the team will meet on a weekday to strategize a plan on fundraising and prepare to present Missions plan on the designated Sunday.
- Sacrifice. Being on the Missions team means sacrifice. If you’re called to the Missions ministry, you’re not there just to enjoy and receive. You’re worshiping in a different way. You’re attentive to what God wants to do through you.
MISSIONS TEAM DYNAMICS
The Missions Team will encounter all kinds of people and various degrees of personalities. Hence, the following are practical suggestions for dealing with team members:
- Be sensitive. This may be new to the member, so, be patient.
- Inspire. Building an environment to freely be creative is important.
- Mentor. Be ready to guide, teach and support your team with their ideas. The goal is to help the member grow a sense of ownership to their position and to their church.