Call it a Mission Committee, Global Task Force or Global Outreach Team
… every church needs at least a few trained men and women to propagate mission vision, education and involvement among their members. To simplify things, this tutorial will use the name, “GO Team”.
Below are suggested steps and links to training resources for establishing a GO Team in your church. Already established teams looking for further assistance may also find these suggestions helpful.
STEP 1: PRAYER
FAITH-FILLED, COMPREHENSIVE PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL IN FOSTERING EVERY-MEMBER MISSION INVOLVEMENT IN YOUR CHURCH OR FELLOWSHIP. ASK GOD FOR:
- Guidance in approaching the leaders of the church – that the Lord’s favor would be on you and your presentation.
- Open hearts among the elders to understand and embrace your vision of a mission-active church.
- Additional team members to be raised up, given a vision for a mission-active church and given a heart for sustained involvement.
- Open hearts among your congregation … that they would understand and receive Christ’s mandate to go and disciple all nations.
- Discernment of and deliverance from the enemy’s devices and plans to hinder, or even stop the work. (Never underestimate how determined he is to do this.)
- Prayer to become an ongoing priority among your mobilization efforts – till the Lord comes.
STEP 2: STUDY & PREPARATION
STUDY AND PREPARE TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED IN THE AREA OF MISSION AND MISSION MOBILIZATION.
KEY TOOL: General Mission Education – if at all possible take a locally coordinated or online version of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. Additional and less intensive Introduction-to-Mission courses can be found by clicking here.
KEY TOOL: ACMC no longer exists but you can still find the following great tool:
- Missions Assessment Profile
This free download will help you become familiar with twelve primary categories on doing missions in the local church, allowing you to see the current level of missions involvement in your church as well as possible next steps for increasing involvement and effectiveness.
KEY TOOL: DAVIDMAYS.ORG is a great source of helpful local church mission mobilization insight and resources for your church. Some of David’s best are:
- Develop a Missions Strategy that Fits Your Church (free e-book with a few recommended purchases)
- Stuff You Need to Know About Doing Missions in Your Church
Provides one-topic-per-page bullet-point assistance on hundreds of topics. See the cumulative index by clicking here.
KEY TOOL: DUALREACH provides excellent “how-to” documents on the following:
- Missions Budget Development & Realignment Resources
- Missionary Assessment & Preparation Resources
- Choosing a Strategic Focus Resources
KEY TOOL: CATALYST SERVICES’ Interchange Posting for Churches provides equally excellent insights into how to do mission in today’s world.
- Five Steps for Global Engagement After reading “Five Steps” go to Catalyst Service’s archives page – scroll down a little and find a handful of excellent articles under each of the Five Steps.
[Before digging into 25 articles, below are a few of MAC Global’s favorite Catalyst Services articles that can help you get started]
- Restructuring Local Church Missions (Don’t miss this important article!)
- Ministry Action Teams
- Your Focus on the World (A superb tool for planning a strategic initiative)
- Sending New Missionaries.
For churches of charismatic or renewal orientation, Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) is a very helpful ministry with an excellent set of resources, consultants and seminars.
Be sure to contact your denomination’s mission program. They will offer you resources that will connect you with specific projects, media resources, missionaries and mission work that they are involved in. If you are a part of a large denomination, or one that is strongly mission oriented, they will likely have other helpful mobilization tools and literature.
Finally, if you are going to see world mission integrated into the mainstream of your church you will need to study the dynamics of how people and organizations change. Learning these dynamics could preserve you from becoming either a casualty (quitting out of frustration) or a liability (damaging the image of missions by impatience and misguided zeal). For a selection of articles and books related to change dynamics, click here.
STEP 3: PRESENT YOUR VISION
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING YOUR PASTOR AND CHURCH ELDERS TO RECOGNIZE THE PREPARATION, PRAYER AND HEART THAT HAS GONE INTO YOUR PREPARATIONS.
Request a meeting with your pastor and the elders of the church, letting them know beforehand why you are coming.
Make an outline for your presentation and be well versed in what you are going to say. Prepare enough copies for all to use.
Present the training resources you have been studying. Explain how these tools will assist you in training and equipping a GO Team. Ask for a possible initial budget that would allow you the freedom to purchase a set of these same resources for each GO Team member.
Solicit their support and involvement in organizing a GO Team. Seek the possible involvement of one of the elders to serve as liaison between the GO Team and the board of elders.
Set up an accountability structure where you can report on progress and needs once a month and always be prompt and ready to give a quality presentation.
STEP 4: GATHER THE TEAM
REQUEST THE INVOLVEMENT OF ANY PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED OR SUGGESTED BY THE PASTOR.
Suggest that the pastor present your vision to the church and solicit the involvement of potential team members, or, he may give you a platform to solicit involvement yourself. Set up a date and location to meet with those expressing interest.
Read: 1) How Should We Recruit New Members to the Mission Team? 2) What Are the Qualifications of a Team Member? by Propempo
Set forth the agendaof what you are looking for in a GO Team and garner their commitments.
STEP 5: TRAIN THE TEAM
YOUR FIRST HALF-YEAR SHOULD BE SPENT PRIMARILY IN PRAYER, EDUCATION AND TRAINING.
Moving forward too quickly without adequate preparation of the team could very easily set activity and strategies in motion that will eventually need to be revamped or abandoned.
Create a budget for purchasing the earlier mentioned training materials.
Begin to study these together on a regular basis – perhaps a chapter a week (or every two weeks), based on how often you meet together.
Most recommended training tools:
- Your Focus on the World
- The Mission Leadership Team
- Develop a Missions Strategy that Fits Your Church
If you are restructuring a struggling GO Team, also read: Restructuring Local Church Missions
For outside personal assistance, bring a mission team training seminar to your church, such as:
- Catalyst Services: Your Focus on the World Facilitator Training
- DualReach: Design Your Impact Workshop
- AIMS (Charismatic/Renewal Churches) Missions SMARTer Seminar (Scroll down the page to find)
Or, consider a missions coaching relationship to accelerate and troubleshoot the development of your GO Team.
- Contact your denomination to see if they provide coaching.
- Sixteen:Fifteen: Read About Us.
- Propempo: Personalized Team Training (Click on “How Can We Get Propempo to Help Our Church?)
- Catalyst Services: Leadership Team Training via face-to-face workshops, online webinars, and Skype training with your leadership team.
If your city has a Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course in the spring or fall, do everything you can to get as many of your team to attend as possible. Second best is to take Perspectives online. Though Perspectives is ideal, you may also utilize a number of other shorter courses that MAC Global has listed and evaluated for their various strengths and weaknesses.
(Optional) Study the book Serving as Senders (which includes a study guide). This study will later be strongly recommended as a key training tool for helping your church members and small groups to catch a vision for sending. For an online version click here.
Provide some form of cross-cultural outreach for the team, such as a Saturday outreach to an ethnic neighborhood nearby. For assistance see: Blessing the Nations Among Us.
Set apart quality time to pray together for your missionary partners, the GO team, your preparatory studies, the pastor, the congregation, the peoples God has brought to your city and the nations.
STEP 6: MOBILIZE THE CHURCH
If you’ve done the preparation steps outlined above, you will be well equipped for mobilizing the members of your church and seeing God’s hand at work in answer to your prayers.
You can also continue to help your pastor(s) and other leaders in your church catch a missions vision by utilizing great articles from pastors and pastors-turned-mission-mobilizers. Click here to find what we’ve collected so far. We