1. Church leadership that embraces the Task of Missions from that first spark of “calling” in the candidate to participation and fulfillment of pioneering ministry on the field.

  2. Doctrinal alignment: missionaries are trained and chosen as representatives and extensions of what, how, and why the church would do, believe, and teach as if the church was on the field firsthand.

  3. Local Church focused: the conscious end goal of every supported ministry should be the establishment and strengthening of indigenous local churches.

  4. Local church missions leadership is focused on mobilizing everyone in the local Body to be Missions-aware World Christians, active in their individual and collective part in the Great Commission, – and creating teaching, inspiration, and opportunities for involvement.

  5. Relationship as foundational to ministry partnership and support. The Local Church only supports those with whom they can nurture and are able to grow a deep accountability and ownership.

  6. Ability for personal involvement. Missionaries supported give sufficient communication and on-field STM or visitation opportunities for the congregation to feel directly involved in the work.

  7. Fewer get more. Rather than horizontally adding as many pins in the support globe as possible, the local Body seeks to have fewer relationship of deepening quality, for a larger financial ownership of the work and the workers.

David C. Meade

David C. Meade has been the founder, C-level officer, and consultant for a number of non-profit organizations. He has nearly fifty years of experience with church planting, pioneering field ministry among UPGs, and leadership in international and domestic NGOs. He has a strong biblical local-church-centric ministry philosophy and commitments, serving as an international outreach leader, pastor, and elder in local churches throughout his adult life. He loves teaching and mentoring church leaders and global workers preparing for service to meet the greatest need of the neediest places on earth.

David is an international business consultant, NGO executive, and international leadership trainer. He has a weekly podcast and has authored hundreds of insightful and practical blogs, articles, and several books. David is a well-received speaker and teacher. His experience in non-profit leadership and international NGOs informs his counsel for leaders and workers in challenging areas of service, analyzing corporate strategies, conflict resolution, crisis management, and event leadership. David is passionate about core values based on timeless principles, valuing people, and leadership training. He is an avid family man, reader, fisherman, and world traveler.

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