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Developing a Missions Policy for Your Local Church

Monday, February 21, 2022 | Guest: Dave Smith |
Topics: Missions

Will your church support many missionaries for a small dollar amount or fewer missionaries for a larger dollar amount? Are you focused on any particular geographic regions? Why use a missionary questionnaire? These are practical questions that a church's missions policy helps answer. In this episode, Marshall Fant discusses with Dave Smith how to craft a church missions policy. As an MK who grew up in Papua New Guinea and then ministered there as a missionary for 10 years, Dave Smith currently serves as the missions pastor at Morningside Baptist Church and director of Open Door Baptist Missions, a ministry of this church in Greenville, SC. You can contact Dave Smith here with any additional questions. 

Two churches have provided samples of their missions policy:

  1. Morningside Baptist Church 
  2. Harvest Baptist Church

Recommended reading:

Developing a local church philosophy and strategy in missions:

  • Senders by Paul Seger (former president of Biblical Ministries Worldwide)
  • Missions by Andy Johnson 

Interceding through prayer for missionaries on the frontline:

Improving your understanding of conservative missiology:

  • Pioneer Missions by Forrest McPhail (GFA Missionary to Asia)
  • John G. Paton by Paul Schlehlein (ODBM Missionary to Africa) - includes a short biography and missiological principles from the life and ministry of Paton

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.