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Ten essential keys to operating your missions committee smoothly

1. Define your task:

  • Define missions for your church
  • Draw your boundaries
  • Determine your responsibilities

2. Determine what qualities and skills you need:

  • Pray for what you need
  • Watch for individuals with the right qualities
  • Recruit them

3. Keep learning and growing:

  • Find out what ways you learn best
  • Identify appropriate resources and tools
  • Hold yourselves accountable

4. Build community:

  • Get to know one another
  • Communicate frequently
  • Pray for one another
  • Have fun

5. Model missions for the congregation:

  • Do missions yourself
  • Learn and pray
  • Give generously

6. Divide up the work for task teams:

  • Determine the teams you need
  • Find a good leader who has a passion for the area
  • Help the leader lay out a plan

7. Develop and use good policies and procedures:

  • Find out what policies you already have
  • Get input from church leaders and others
  • Approve and use the policy by sections

8. Plan ahead and follow your plans:

  • Establish a weekend planning time
  • Allow each task group to develop their own plans
  • Hold groups accountable to their timetables

9. Make your church leaders "heroes":

  • Pray for them all the time
  • Compliment and encourage them for everything they do right
  • Give them the "up-front" parts while you do the details

10. Do it all with excellence:

  • Be prepared to carry out your best ideas
  • Do it as well as the best thing in the church


Source: How to Operate an Effective Missions Leadership Team in Your Church, David Mays

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