cooperative missions effort supported by West
Michigan Baptist Churches
call has gone forth, and people are responding!
But how do churches then respond to these individuals
who have surrendered their lives for missions service?
How can churches help them get to the field in the
most efficient way possible?
applying to a mission board and being appointed,
the average missionary spends 24 months or more
traveling from church to church raising support.
By the time they depart for the field, missionaries
average at least 15 supporting churches and 22 individual
supporters. Because of these factors, many missionaries
are discouraged from career service because of the
daunting task of "deputation / pre-field ministry."
At the same time, much ripe fruit goes unharvested
as others spend months and even years raising financial
support necessary before they can leave for the
group of local churches has joined together to form
the West Michigan Missions Consortium (WMMC) in
order to address these challenges. The WMMC shares
together in the prayer and financial support goals
of missionaries being sent out by member churches.
This results in greater commitment and accountability
between the missionaries and their supporting churches.
Additionally, there is greater cooperation between
the consortium churches. The result is an effective,
efficient, and energized missions effort.
West Michigan Missions Consortium is a cooperative
effort for churches of like faith and missions vision.
This effort enables member churches to cooperate
in getting missionaries to their chosen field more
effectively, efficiently, and with greater energy
Evangelism . . . Effective / Efficient / Energized
churches share the vision of quickly raising prayer
and full financial support for member church missionaries,
enabling them to reach the field as soon as possible.
Combining their shared efforts with the assistance
of mission agencies, consortium churches are able
to greatly enhance their worldwide missions outreach.
- Effective -missions opportunities
are realized at a faster rate than traditional
missions deputation, on average, 12-16 months.
- Efficient -pre-field and furlough
burnout is avoided because fewer churches are
- Energized -greater involvement
by churches in missions projects, and by missionaries
in their supporting churches while on furlough.
Cooperative conferences and projects by consortium
churches cast the vision that every believer is
to be an active participant in fulfilling the
of a Missions Consortium
- Missionary support is raised more quickly.
- Significantly cuts the expenses of extended
deputation and furlough travels.
- Familiarity with missionaries results in greater
prayer and financial support.
- Pre-field ministry is more productive since
it is directed toward training and spiritual growth
rather than fund-raising.
- Eliminates the frustrations that arise from
the current "rat race" known as deputation.
- Encourages the implementation of a regional
strategy for the missionary's support base.
- Consortium missionaries may be involved in meaningful
ministries for longer periods of time in each
of the consortium churches.
- Missionary children have a stable environment
for schooling and establishing friendships.
- Missionary support services such as housing,
automobiles, etc., can be used more efficiently
when staying in the same region for the duration
of the furlough.
concept with Biblical roots and contemporary relevance
is a cooperative effort for churches of like faith
and missionary vision. These churches share the
vision of quickly and efficiently raising prayer
and full financial support for member church missionaries.
their cooperative effort with the assistance of
mission agencies, consortium churches are able to
greatly enhance their worldwide mission outreach.
church selects two representatives - one pastoral
staff member and one lay person. Each member church
maintains its own missions program in addition to
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