Here are some Characteristics of a Strong Missions Church. The descriptors are not perfect, but they are vital signs of a healthy missions church.

The following descriptions indicate a church that is growing into a model that reflects God’s heart for the nations:

  1. The church possesses a scriptural understanding of:

  2. – God’s purpose in this world: that He be glorified and worshipped throughout the earth among all people groups.

  3. – The role of the local church in fulfilling God’s purpose.

  4. The pastor and church leaders provide mission vision in the church, working with all ministry staff and ministries to inculcate a passion for global evangelization.

  5. Church members realize their essential roles in the Great Commission and exercise World Christian priorities in fulfilling His global purpose.

  6. Global missions has been integrated into the culture of the church in such a way that it has become a part of the DNA identity of the church.

  7. The church’s missions strategy includes a balanced strategy for both local and global aspects of its missions outreach.

  8. The church has a Missions Committee, Board, or Team to facilitate the mobilization and involvement of the whole congregation in the church’s missions strategy and outreach.

  9. The church systematically prays for and holistically supports its supported ministries and missionaries.

  10. Short-term missions are vibrant parts both of discipling its members as World Christians, and making win-win-win contributions to field ministries, missionaries, and their target population.

  11. The church has a vision to identify, train, and send missionary candidates from the congregation, in alignment with the church’s chosen strategy/ies.

  12. The church has developed and implemented a written missions policy, which includes strategy for involvement, care for missionaries, and other guidelines.

  13. The church invests a significant amount of its funds in world missions.

  14. The church hosts a regular world missions event, celebrating what God is doing in and through the church globally.

  15. Missions is frequently communicated through all the ministries of the church (worship, prayer, preaching, teaching, education, training, discipleship, small groups, youth, Sunday School, men’s and ladies groups, etc.) throughout the year.

David C. Meade

David is the founder and Director of Propempo International. He has over 40 years of experience in church planting, pioneering field ministry among UPGs, and leadership both on the field and in nonprofit organizations. He is local church oriented, serving as a Missions Elder for over 20 years. He loves teaching and mentoring church leaders and missionaries preparing for service in the tough places of the world. David loves being a husband, dad and grandfather, fishing, traveling, and being omnivorous. He continues to be an avid proponent of and participant in church planting.

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