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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 leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and ten grandchildren.