Missions Manifesto

The MISSIONS MANIFESTO of Summit Harvest Church (S.H.C.), is a statement by the elders for congregational and missionary guidance. The MISSIONS MANIFESTO is a derivative of the following Scripture verses:
Isa 6:8-9 — Isa 43:7 — Psalm 67:4 — Matt 28:19-20 — Mark 16:15 — John 17:17-19 — Acts 1:8 — Rom 8:23-25 — Rom. 10:14-15 — Romans 11:25-27 — 2 Cor 9:6-11 — Eph.4:11-16

 

MISSIONS DECLARATION: 

The end goal of missions is to glorify God in Christ with all peoples and nations. Missions is the cross-cultural trajectory of the work of God’s Church from its local church base. It is a calling to proclaim the Gospel . . . regardless of difficulty . . . in obedience to our Lord at home or abroad. Missions is not to see itself as a part of church life, but as the soul of the whole. The “missions” church supports and stands alongside those missionaries who are making an authentic commitment in reaching the lost. The burden of the church regarding missions/evangelism is critical, beginning in local homes, and reaching the globe. God prioritizes missions in His Scriptures! We must do no less!

PRIORITY GOAL
The three targets of S.H.C. are:

Unreached People Groups

Persecuted People Groups

Suffering People Groups

In ministering to these areas, S.H.C. encourages dialog with those missionary applicants, whose skills and preparations embrace the core issue ofreaching the lost with the Gospel message. It is vital that both the missionary and S.H.C. share a common burden for the task at hand!

MISSIONARY SUPPORT CRITERIA

S.H.C. will engage various methods of encouraging missionaries on the field: • Sending American citizens with essential skills to the areas to be reached; • Working directly with National citizens in the locations to be reached; • Coordinating outreach with the missionary’s sending agency.At any one point in time, consideration of financial support for any prospective missionary will usually be reviewed in the following sequence, but the final priority must necessarily be influenced by the recognized impact of the specific ministry to be undertaken:

1. S.H.C. members:

2. Applicants who are members in conservative Bible-centered congregations.

3. Applicants who are citizens of foreign countries and recognized by conservative Bible-centered parachurch organizations.

Besides encouraging missionaries who are highly trained in pastoring and shepherding skills, S.H.C. also encourages missionaries who “reach the lost with the Gospel message” and provide practical helps. Typical examples of practical outreach, but not an exhaustive list, are medical work, educational work, and mercy ministries. Any applicant-missionary must be in agreement with the Confession of Faith as found in the S.H.C. Constitution.

MISSIONARY APPLICATION PROCESS

A written S.H.C. application form, with requested applicant attachments, will be required. All written applications will be reviewed by the S.H.C. mission board and council of elders. Each applicant will be notified as to the probability of further interest, and if further information is requested.

The mission board will contact any sending agency if there is interest in considering support for an applicant. This contact will be a dynamic decision, pending information supplied by the candidate, and/or information expressly supplied by the sending agency via the candidate.

Addressing the congregation: Any missionary (whether applying for support or not) that requests to address the congregation for a Sunday morning presentation of any length, will be required to fill out the application form. This request will then come before the elders for approval.

SUPPORTED MISSIONARY RESPONSIBILITIES TO S.H.C.

A written communication from any supported missionary is to be received at least monthly. This can be via • regular mail, • personal E-mail, • blog, • newsletter, • copied report to the sending agency • or some combination of more than one of these options. Any additional contact can be via Skype or phone when coordinated between missionary and S.H.C.! They will be asked to communicate both struggles and joyful progress. Routinely, prayer requests will be expected with monthly communications, or more frequent as deemed necessary by the missionary.

S.H.C. is to be kept abreast of planned and emergency furloughs to their home-church base. Any specific requests of S.H.C. during home furloughs should be communicated at least one month in advance of the furlough.

S.H.C. RESPONSIBILITIES TO SUPPORTED MISSIONARY

The S.H.C. congregation will maintain prayer vigil, both general, and after specific and timely information is received from the missionary.

The congregation will be kept periodically informed during Sunday services via • missionary-generated promos in the bulletins, • viewing missionary-generated videos, • Skype connections, • and pulpit announcements from the elders and missions board. Individual Tuesday evening prayer circles will receive e-mailed prayer requests. All written reports will remain on file at the S.H.C. Ministry Center for congregational review.

Prayer requests from S.H.C. attendees will be sent to S.H.C. supported missionaries for their prayer journal. S.H.C. considers any supported missionary as “extended family!”

S.H.C. will inform every supported missionary of the other missionaries receiving S.H.C. support. Monthly updates received from any missionary will not be transmitted to other missionaries. Each missionary is encouraged to maintain their own correspondence with other S.H.C. missionaries as they are led.

Monthly, the missions board will review missionary financial needs. In concert with the elders and the stewardship team, the missions board will examine the giving capabilities of S.H.C. with respect to the current obligation of support for existing missionaries. The missions board will also evaluate and propose possible support opportunities for new applicants. Yearly, a suggested missionary budget will be coordinated with the elders and the stewardship team.

The minimum monthly support for any accepted missionary (individual/couple/family) will be $250 The distribution of monthly support will be coordinated with the sending agencies. This will be either directly to the missionary, or via the sending agency. Any planned increase or decrease adjustment as time passes will be reviewed with the missionary and the sending agency (if applicable) with one quarter’s notice.

The missions board will present full disclosure to any missionary if there is reason to terminate support, with fair, advanced knowledge. Cancellation of support can be initiated by S.H.C. elders and missions’ team after reviewing • change of assignment, • change of agency, • deviation from S.H.C. confession of faith, • proven incompetence, • substantiated moral problems.

SUMMIT HARVEST CONGREGATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

S.H.C. congregants are encouraged to exchange correspondence with S.H.C. supported missionaries. This not only stimulates informed prayer for both individuals, but promotes bonding in a special and unique way!

The elders want to assure all who attend S.H.C. that “missions” is an absolute priority! Developing S.H.C. as a “missions church” in the years ahead is an essential dedication of the missions’ board and the elder council! Foundational to this endeavor will be a generous stewardship commitment by S.H.C. congregants to the work of missions! To that end, individuals in the congregation are encouraged to give ongoing gifts. A declaration on the memo line of every individual check can be to “Missions General,” or to a “specifically designated” S.H.C. sponsored mission’s ministry.

At any point in time, the elders will make dynamic decisions, in concert with input from the missions board, as to the need to direct undesignated church contributions to missions! As church membership enlarges, the vision is to direct an ever-increasing percentage of total giving revenue towards the Great Commission!

Referenced Scriptures (NASU)

Isa 6:8-9 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.

Isa 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Ps 67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.

Matt 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation

John 17:17-19 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

Acts 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

Rom 8:23-25 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 10:14-15 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”

Rom 11:25-27 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery — so that you will not be wise in your own estimation — that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB. “THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”

2 Cor 9:6-11 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

Eph 4:11-16 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

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