Missions Philosophy

  1. We expect to support men and women who are of good reputation and character. Missionaries are expected to be examples to the believers in faith, conduct, and speech. We believe that such men and woman are worth supporting because they will reproduce themselves in disciples. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 4:12)
  2. We expect missionaries and their wives to learn the language and the culture for the propagation of the gospel in the heart language of their field. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
  3. We believe the goal of every missions effort is to leave indigenous churches. This means that GBC does not desire to support men who plan on planting one church and pastoring that church long term. Local churches should be given a leadership structure and commended to the Lord. (Acts 14:22-23)
  4. We believe the key for planting indigenous churches is the proper training of national men for ministry. We desire to support missionaries who will be employing life on life discipleship to win, train, and release men into local church ministry. We believe national men should be in full time ministry supported by their own people as much as possible. (2 Timothy 2:2, Mark 3:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 12:15)
  5. We believe that the strategy for planting indigenous churches is similar to raising a child in the three key areas of indigenousness:
    • Self-governing- A local church may be led by the missionary but should be growing toward national leadership. (Acts 6:3, Acts 20:28-30)
    • Self-supporting- A local church may be supported financially by the missionary but should be growing in their giving to the support of their ministries and their national pastor. The missionary should teach the national believers to give generously no matter their economic situation. (1 Corinthians 9, 2 Corinthians12:13-17)
    • Self-propagating- A missionary should model biblical evangelism and train the churches to reach their own people with the Gospel. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 19:9-10)
  6. We expect the missionary to raise adequate funds to both provide for his family and regular ministry needs. (1 Timothy 5:17-18)
  7. We desire to partner with ministries overseas in certain projects that the missions committee will approve. Projects will include relief, evangelism, conferences, training, etc. Such projects may include building projects with the following criteria: (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
    • The local believers have a substantial part in giving. The percentage of what substantial means will depend on the situation of each local church.
    • Oversight must be given to the project by a missionary or pastor on the ground that is a trusted by Grace Baptist Church.
    • A detailed summary of costs and plan for completion should be submitted.
    • A representative of GBC will be appointed by the missions committee to work with the project manager for accountability of funds. He will be in charge of visiting the project when possible, collecting regular updates, and making a report at the completion of the project.
  8. The building should be on the standard of the neighborhood that it is in on that field and in relation to the living standard of the people of the congregation.
  9. We desire to support church planters. Some exceptions, however, will be made to provide financially for those who are vital in a support role to church planters. The role of these support personnel should not diminish the role of the national leaders. (ex: Pulpit supply, music ministries, assistant pastors, etc) (example- Timothy in Acts 16:1-5, Luke in Acts 1:1
  10. We believe that the local church is the sending authority of the missionary. The missionary should be accountable to their church and pastor on a regular basis. Mission boards are helpful when they serve the church. (Acts 13:1-3)
  11. We expect our missionaries to reciprocate our commitment level to them. We desire a close relationship with our missionaries and their works. On our side, we will strive to visit the missionary on the field and give at a minimum of 5% ($300-$400) of his monthly support. In return we would like the supported missionary to consider spending a week at Grace during each furlough giving an update and teaching in the Bible Institute and Middletown Christian Schools. (Acts 14:21-28) Dated prayer letters should be written at least bi-monthly.