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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #008: “YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT…”

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #008: “YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT…”

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#8 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.

Many of you are old enough to remember the opening scene of each MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE episode in which Mr. Phelps received recorded instructions about the team’s new mission. After the mission was explained, the tape would disintegrate in a wisp of smoke.

Having a DEP Squad in your church will accomplish nothing if its members are not informed, trained, committed, active, connected and accountable. In this post we’ll talk about the mission of the DEP Squad and how it can be carried out effectively.

PRAY ABOUT IT

Involve your entire congregation in the selection of the DEP Squad. This should not be done on a volunteer basis, like much church ministry. People should be recruited and selected based on their level of interest in the missionary appointees and in what they can contribute to the team. However, the whole church can pray that God would give wisdom to those who are making the selection, that God would move the right people to accept this mission, and that the team would become a powerful force of progress.

People should be recruited and selected based on their level of interest in the missionary appointees and in what they can contribute to the team.

This is a good time for your appointees to recruit the first members of their PrayerForce. BMW’s goal is to have each missionary unit recruit 300 people who would be committed to praying for them daily. (That means that over 50,000 people will be interceding on behalf of BMW missionaries around the world every day! Can you imagine the impact that will have?) Your BMW appointees have been trained in the recruitment of these vital partners, and are equipped with bookmarks and membership cards for that purpose. The bookmarks outline six critically important ways to pray for missionaries—things you should be communicating to your people and implementing yourself in your public ministry. We’ll talk in a later post about specific prayer needs in the early stages of support raising.

TALK ABOUT IT

As the DEP Squad evolves, have the members meet regularly (weekly is not too often in the beginning) to plan their strategy, brainstorm, provide information about people in their personal networks who may be able to help, and hold each other accountable for commitments they make. Be sure each member has all the other members’ contact information, and establish a one-button link between them through a blind copy email list, a SKYPE group, or a secret group on a social network (like Facebook) in which the information is available only to the group members.

Provide your appointees with a roster which will indicate which DEP Squad members are available and responsible for which tasks.

Publicize the dates and times of your DEP Squad meetings—not only to the members, but also to the congregation—and make them a matter of concerted intercession. If your people are talking among themselves about this team and its work, it indicates you’re doing a good job of communicating its importance.

As the pastor, you don’t have to be on the DEP Squad or even attend the meetings. But at the very least, you can be the lead recruiter and cheerleader, and you or a member of your staff must hold the team accountable. (Monthly progress reports should constitute the bare minimum of this accountability.) As progress is made and prayers are answered, share the good news with your congregation. Your desire should be to have your church as a whole take ownership of the missionaries’ entire ministry, beginning with their support raising.

Our hope is that this post will not self-destruct.

Rob Heijermans, Biblical Ministries Worldwide

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