Why do we need to know this?
First, many times the purpose or function of mission boards is misunderstood, because many mission boards either under-perform as sending agencies, or they usurp the sending church's authority. This results in many misconceptions and/or unclear lines of distinction in the world of missions/mission boards. For example, we often hear these sincere but mis-guided questions:
- Titus sponsors and sends missionaries to the field, right?
- Titus raises money for missionaries to go to the field, right?
- Titus is the ultimate and final authority over your missionaries, right?
The answers are No...No...No.
Second, in order that churches, current and prospective missionaries, and missionary donor-partners can accurately understand what Titus is all about [purpose and function], here are some important job descriptions:
A. Titus facilitates. [makes actions and processes easier]. We walk applicants
and interns through the missions application and approval process. Then, we
assist them with pre-field ministry and in getting to their field of service.
B. Titus liasons. [communicates, cooperates to facilitate a close working
relationship between people and organizations]. We cultivate and aid in the
development of regular lines of communication between missionaries and their
individual or church donor-partners.
C. Titus advocates. [publicly speaks for, recommends and affirms]. We
hold up our missionaries to supporters and potential supporters, representing
their ministry and field of service in current supporting churches and in Bible
Colleges, plus endeavoring to recruit new missionaries to join/help them.
D. Titus encourages. [gives or instills confidence, courage; stimulates by
assistance, approval]. We affirm, bless and assist our missionaries by visiting
them on their field, connecting others with their work, and communicating with
them regularly by various forms of media (email, skype, FB Messenger, etc.).
E. Titus stewards. [assists in responsible planning and management of
another's resources, finances, possessions]. We research current field
conditions to help our missionaries set reasonable financial goals for
support-raising, as well as establishing guidelines that help them prepare for
their family's future on the field and beyond.
How do we serve these functions and fulfill these purposes?
- Maintaining a financial connection between missionaries and their partners--
through Home Office staff accounting, receipting, communicating, reporting and
transferring of funds, paying monthly bills, establishing support levels.
- Maintaining a legal connection between missionaries and governments,
financial institutions, debtors, others to whom they must maintain
accountability--with the help of Home Office staff missionary services.
- Maintaining a communications connection between missionaries and their
churches, donor partners, prayer partners, and the Titus Home Office--by
monitoring and keeping them informed about families, lives, ministries, and
field conditions, as we receive ministry reports and other communication.
To sum it up, here at Titus we do what we can to:
- Make the actions and processes of becoming a missionary easier [facilitate].
- Communicate and cooperate to form a close working relationship between
missionaries and individual/church donor partners [liaison].
- Publicly support or recommend our missionaries whenever possible [advocate].
- Inspire confidence, courage; stimulate by assistance and approval [encourage].
- Assist our missionaries in responsible planning and management of resources,
finances, possessions [steward].