EVERY CHURCH CAN BECOME A SENDING CHURCH!

BBFI wants to help your church be an affective Sending Church and thus fulfill the Great Commission.

  • Ensure the missionary follows BBFI mission policies, reports, furlough, etc…
  • Agree to work with the Mission Office’s CAT (Crisis Action Team) during times of natural disasters and kidnappings, etc., understanding the Mission Office is trained and has the primary role in these situations
  • Welcome them home and celebrate their success
  • Frank discussion with missionary of his family’s needs
    • Time for personal, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical refreshment
    • Time for family: parents, grandparents, etc.
    • Financial needs of new support
    • Housing arrangements
    • Children’s schooling
    • Struggles they faced on the field: ministry, relationships with others and personal
  • Make sure they spend time refreshing themselves
  • Help the missionary schedule appointments in both supporting and new churches
  • Assist in locating and/or providing a home for furlough
  • Assist in furnishing furlough home – nicely
  • Assist in locating and/or providing furlough vehicle
  • Commit to respond to any emergency or unexpected situations and share resources with the missionary for times like funerals, sicknesses and children returning home
  • Be available for resolution of any issues between the Mission Office and the missionary
  • Insist the native language be learned
  • Schedule regular contact with the missionary – (husband and wife)
  • Monitor the work of your missionary while on the field
  • Encourage missionary to work with veteran missionaries during their first term
  • Encourage missionary to strategize with other missionaries on their field as to how to reach their nation
  • Work with the missionary on a strategic plan for reaching their people
  • Encourage them to work with nationals to reach out to the regions beyond
  • Assist the missionary in raising special funds
  • Pastor and team visit the missionary on the field during the first term, if possible
  • Send birthday/anniversary cards to all family members
  • Keep missionary informed of new ideas in ministry
  • Send recently published reading materials, personal and ministry
  • Know family’s interests: music styles, magazines, games etc.Items could be sent on occasion from Sunday School classes
  • Email or mail weekly church bulletins
  • Review the missionary’s monthly financial reports and quarterly progress reports
  • If possible, send pastor and team for organization day of first church
  • Minister to the personal needs of the missionary and his family
  • Review the missionary’s plan and assist in deputation scheduling
  • Recommend, without reservation, the missionary to sister churches
  • Help the missionary raise monthly support and special needs
  • Endeavor to assist your missionary in all aspects of deputation by underwriting all or part of their financial needs
  • Greater financial support from sending church. Example, support at $1,000 per month for the first year, decreasing by 1/4 each quarter of the second year and then maintain at $250 per month
  • Sustain the missionary and his family in prayer and encouragement during their deputation
  • Weekly phone calls to encourage, build and maintain relationship
  • Consistently keep your missionary’s victories and needs before your church
  • Verify adequate theological training (Bible College/Seminary)
  • Verify adequate local church internship
  • Verify missionary’s past and current financial status
  • Verify ability to budget/maintain financial liquidity
  • Review with missionary Baptist Bible Fellowship Mission Policy
    • Learn the BBFI Medical Plan
    • Learn about the Missionary Projects Offering
    • Learn about the office and responsibilities of the Field Representative
  • Consider having a written policy as to how your church will minister to your missionary (deputation needs, monthly financial support, special needs, correspondence, etc.)
  • Encourage missionary to initiate and maintain communication with veteran missionaries to establish good, lasting relationships
  • Consider printing and mailing missionaries prayer letters to supporters
  • Lead Sending Church in studying and knowing the people to whom you are sending a missionary
  • Verify salvation and baptism testimony
  • Verify the spiritual call to foreign missionary ministry
  • Attest to the spiritual and emotional maturity of the missionary
  • Know the character of the missionary
  • Verify the stability of the missionary’s home life