What is the role of the missions pastor in church missions leadership?
If we were consistent with biblical priorities, a “Missions Pastor” would be the second full time pastoral staff member of every church. The missions pastor is the designated staff leader for missions mobilization for the congregation. This includes responsibility for, facilitation and coordination of all aspects of congregational involvement in world missions. Often it may include all forms of outreach, both local and cross-cultural.
While the missions pastor may serve as the chief operating officer for missions interests, he will probably also have a role as educator, trainer, and mentor for the missions team members, missionary candidates, and the congregation at large. The missions pastor may have delegated oversight of:
teaching or classes on biblical, theological, and strategic foundations for missions
local outreach with connections to evangelism and cross-cultural outreach
general congregational education about missions, missionaries, the missions process and priorities
interface with church leadership
liaise or lead the church Missions Team
promote and provide opportunities for individual participation
stimulate and provide opportunities and tools for missions prayer
promote and communicate needs and opportunities for missions giving and budget process
develop and deploy training and opportunities for Short Term Missions
supervise, coordinate, and assist in missionary care, including on-field visits
study, facilitate decision-making, and develop missions strategy for the church’s focus and involvement
develop and implement a process for church-based missionary training and guidance of that training through delegated specialist persons or institutions/schools