updated June 2011
Missions Check Up - How healthy is your church in missions?
Missions as Program:
Missions as “Program” can be divided into two levels: c. Program and d. Priority
Missions is one of the regular ongoing ministries or our church. There is an active leader or an organized and
functioning leadership team that organizes and deploys church resources into
missions. Missions has
the support of key church leaders.
Priority: Missions is one of the more important
ministries of our church. The leadership
team is proactive regarding the development and deployment of church personnel
and resources into missions. Key church
leaders are active in promoting and supporting missions.
Characteristics of a Program:
A program is a means
to an end and is designed to contribute to a purpose.
A program is one of
many. Therefore it does not expect
participation of all.
A program is pragmatic. It is valuable and maintained as long as it
is useful and productive.
Implications of a Program:
A program is
designed to contribute to a specific purpose.
A program has well
thought-out goals and plans and be well executed.
maximizes the resources available.
program gives evidence of progress toward the purpose.
program is carried out with quality and excellence.
Areas for Evaluation:
Missions Leadership Team
for Potential Missionaries
and Support for Missionaries
Tool and Criteria: Missions Assessment Profile (MAP). Order from online
store at www.Pioneers.org.
The Next Level: Priority
recognized as a very important responsibility of the church. Church leaders recognize the importance of
reaching people from other nations and cultures. The church has a clear strategy and
well-defined goals. A substantial
portion of our income and many of our people are significantly involved.
Steps to Priority:
purpose to which your missions program contributes. Ideally your church purpose statement or
constitution makes this clear. If it is
not clear, begin collecting some alternative church purpose statements and
recommend the church purpose be reconsidered.
diagnostic tool, Missions Assessment Profile (MAP), decide
which areas of the missions ministry need improvement, decide where to begin,
and establish a task force to make changes.
Encourage your church leaders to make missions a more important and
consistent focus for prayer and education from the leadership level.