apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #012: ACCORDING TO RECENT REPORTS…
#12 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.
We can all remember being in grammar school and telling our parents, when they asked us if we had any homework, something like: “I have to do two pages of math, read a story, and write a report.”
I’m still writing reports. And if your missionaries are serving with BMW, so are they.
They start as appointees. Each month they are required to complete an Appointee Monthly Report, which includes questions about how many churches they have visited, how many churches they have contacted, what they have been reading, to what degree they were able to fulfill the last month’s goals (by percentage), and what they are seeking to accomplish in the next month. Their Area Director receives a copy of this report, and another copy is filed at the office so if anyone inquires about the missionaries’ activities, BMW can provide the information. This is part of the accountability culture that we have worked hard to nurture in our organization. (We encourage appointees to use the S.M.A.R.T. goal approach each month, as outlined in an earlier post entitled, “He shoots…He Scores!”)
In addition, your appointees report on whether or not their Field Leader or Area Director has been in contact with them that month. This keeps BMW administrators on their toes, as well. It is hard to encourage new missionaries in their support raising without communication!
Another report for which BMW appointees are responsible is the Appointee Itinerary Report, which updates their schedule of church meetings and other encounters with constituents or potential partners. Completing this form each month allows them to see how their prayers are being answered and their goals realized. Or not. If they have not been diligent, there will be few changes from month to month. If they have, and if people have been praying that they will make new contacts, God will honour those prayers and the itinerary will fill up. If no meetings are forthcoming, the missionaries’ AD will inquire as to what may be keeping churches from responding and perhaps adjust the missionaries’ approach.
The Appointee Ministry Evaluation is for pastors or church leaders to complete and return to the BMW office. It summarizes a visit from BMW appointees by allowing the pastor to quantify a number of components of that visit and make any additional comments he wishes. PLEASE NOTE: If you fill these out for BMW appointees, please be honest. Flattery does not help them; neither does unwarranted or ungracious criticism.
Your missionaries are praying hard and planning carefully. They are diligent and organized. They are accomplishing a lot and learning something new every week. Their DEP Squad is highly functional. Your congregation is fully engaged in their support raising and preparation. Their new ministry partners are excited about serving alongside—by praying for them, providing essential services for them, and investing in them financially.
That’s according to recent reports.
Rob Heijermans, Biblical Ministries Worldwide
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.