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Caring for missionary speakers

Most missionaries spend a portion of their time back home among their sending churches. That "home assignment" time is given to speaking about their work and explaining their vision for the future of churches where they work. Their presence helps local churches become missionary churches. Prayer support is mustered, offerings are taken for specific needs of that missionary and a long-term commitment to praying for and giving to world evangelism is emphasized. [ Praying for missionaries ]

How do you get a missionary to come to your church? Many Nazarene missionaries use the scheduling services of the Deputation Secretary at the Global Ministry Center. Or, check with your district's NMI president about upcoming available missionary speakers. If you're a Nazarene, those are two good places to start.

Deputation services with missionaries

How does your church rate when you host missionary speakers?

Take this easy "how to care for missionaries" test. Then, grade it yourself.

1. When the missionary comes, I feel and act like it is a privilege to have him or her, rather than an inconvenience.AlwaysSometimesNever
2. I contact the missionary in advance. If we are planning a service with a special emphasis such as Faith Promise, I write or call ahead so he or she will not be caught off-guard.AlwaysSometimes Never
3. I advertise, promote, and plan special events to get the maximum number of people involved. In other words, I do some creative planning.AlwaysSometimesNever
4. When a missionary speaker comes to town, the whole church has opportunity to hear him or her. Youth, choir, or children are not dismissed to other activities.AlwaysSometimes Never
5. I take an offering after the missionary talks (not before!).AlwaysSometimes Never
6. I make sure the people know what the offering will be used for. As pastor (or missions president), I take responsibility for promoting a good offering.AlwaysSometimes Never
7. Even if we have something in our Faith Promise budget for missionary speakers, we still take a love offering to add to that amount.AlwaysSometimes Never
8. Our treasurer has been alerted to have a check ready for the missionary before he or she leaves (It's tacky to do it before he or she speaks).AlwaysSometimes>Never
9. I send the missionary to a hotel or a home in which I myself would enjoy spending the night.AlwaysSometimesNever
10. I spend personal time praying specifically for the missionary service.AlwaysSometimes Never
How to figure your grade

10 Always = A+
9 Always = B
8 Always = C
Total of "Always"

"So many churches do not take advantage of the opportunity to have a real, live missionary in their church! They are missing such a blessing."
   -- Vicky Mullins, Perry, OK

7 steps to a successful deputation service

  1. Pray
  2. Prepare the congregation mentally and spiritually to embrace the missionary as "their missionary"
  3. Plan carefully the format of the weekend or details of service
  4. Promote well ahead of time
  5. Publicize using a variety of media (bulletin boards, worship folders, skits, PowerPoint slides, announcements in Sunday school classes)
  6. Pamper the missionary while he or she is with you as well as giving generous offering for their ministry
  7. Provide opportunity to challenge young people and children seize

     -- Howard Culbertson

Home Assignment devotional reflection   Humorous look at Home Assignment

Ten ways to ruin mission trips   10/40 Window explanation and map   Nazarene Missions International

World missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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