Here are some common questions about missions at Faith Bible Church.
What is a “commissioned missionary”?
An individual or couple who, while attending Faith Bible Church (FBC), answered a call to go out into full-time service. FBC is their “sending” body. We currently have five commissioned missionary families or couples.
When I give to missions, does a committee then take that money and decide where it will be allocated?
No. That is what makes our missions giving policy a bit unique. We encourage you to be very involved in that decision-making process. After prayer and consideration, if you feel led of the Lord to give to a certain missionary or ministry that is approved by the FBC Missions Committee, you may do so. Simply indicate this desire on the offering envelope in which you deposit your offering.
Why not just let the committee decide where missions money should be spent?
The personal involvement that is required in this system causes a closer link between the missionaries and their individual supporters, leading to greater prayer, financial correspondence and practical support.
How do I know which missionaries or ministries are approved by FBC?
This website lists seven commissioned missionaries, plus other approved missionaries or ministries currently being supported by one or more individuals at FBC. If you do not see the missionary or ministry you are interested in listed, please get in touch with a member of the Missions Committee, and we will consider approving it at our next monthly meeting.
How can a missionary be sure he will have consistent support if our church does not commit to send a specific amount each month?
We ask that individuals communicate with our commissioned missionaries if they will commit to support them at a certain level on a regular basis. Then, our commissioned missionaries in turn communicate with the Missions Committee, and we set a financial level, which FBC commits to send on a monthly basis. In a given month, if that amount is not given in the offerings, other FBC funds will make up the difference. This commitment remains in effect until re-evaluation at the time of furloughs, or every four years. This commitment is only made to commissioned missionaries.
What are the qualifications for a missionary or ministry to be approved by FBC?
They must be part of a mission agency that is substantially in agreement with the statement of faith of FBC. They must be able to give evidence of having been called of God by demonstrating a Godly life and an active interest in reaching people for Christ. They must sign a statement of faith that they are substantially in agreement with the statement of faith of FBC.
What is a “Missions Family Care Committee”?
A sub-committee of several members of FBC, responsible for the care of a particular commissioned missionary. These families facilitate communication between their missionary and FBC, and are responsible to coordinate their missionary’s “needs of life” during furlough. They carry on an intercessory-prayer ministry for their family as well.
What other ways can I become involved in Missions at FBC, besides giving?
You can PRAY! We feature a different missionary weekly in the prayer section of our bulletin. Also, once a month on a Sunday morning, we give an update from one of our missionaries, often by way of video or a telephone call. You can WRITE! Letters are always a great encouragement. You can help send gifts at Christmas and birthdays. You can JOIN a Family Care Committee. Simply make your interest known to the chairman of that committee. You can ATTEND Missions Committee potlucks, which are generally the fourth Sunday of each month.