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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #007: ATTENNNN-HUTT! DEP SQUAD, FRONT AND CENTRE

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #007: ATTENNNN-HUTT! DEP SQUAD, FRONT AND CENTRE

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#7 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit.

What in the world is a DEP Squad?

That’s a valid question. A year ago, we didn’t even know. In fact, a year ago there was no such thing.

A DEP Squad is a DEPUTATION EMPOWERMENT AND PRAYER SQUAD. It is a team of committed people, hand-selected, who will provide immediate support for your missionaries as they embark on their deputation ministry.

Immediate support?  You mean we have our hands in their pockets right off the bat?

Don’t get excited. That’s not the kind of support I’m talking about. This is support of a different kind—but if you do offer immediate financial support, your missionaries will probably not refuse it!

The DEP Squad’s mandate is to provide prayer, encouragement, accountability, expertise and essential services to your missionaries. These vital components of their pre-field ministry will serve to propel them to the field more quickly, enrich the relationship between your missionaries and your church, and ensure that the missionaries are more effective once they reach the field.

For example, you may have a computer wizard in your church that is willing to assist your missionaries with IT-related projects, recommend appropriate hardware and software and teach them how to use it, and even provide equipment at a reduced cost.

Or there may be a marketing specialist in your congregation who can work with the appointees to hone their presentation skills, produce good quality promotional materials, and instruct them in matters related to how to communicate their ministry vision with passion and panache.

Perhaps you have a graphic designer who is willing to produce a good package of printed materials and help with a PowerPoint presentation.

Maybe a financial advisor will work with your missionaries to hone their fiscal skills, help them to establish a realistic pre-field budget and serve as a liaison with the BMW Finance Department.

Church members with good communications and logistics skill can be recruited to make phone calls, plan travel routes, and the like.

Even people who are great shoppers can be enlisted to assist with the procurement of needed items at good prices—at yard sales, discount houses, close-out sales, auctions, etc.

Perhaps you’re beginning to recruit a team in your head even as you read this. Perfect. That’s exactly what I hoped you’d do. Arrange to meet with your missionaries as soon as you can to discuss how your DEP Squad will be staffed.

And then expect God to do some amazing things.

Rob Heijermans, Biblical Ministries Worldwide

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