Practices For Our Missionaries
Fundamental Baptist WorldWide Mission is a faith mission and each missionary who affiliates with us is expected to live a life of faith in the Lord, Who has promised to supply all of our needs. Missionaries are expected to be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit who would never be contrary to Holy Scripture. We do not approve of worldly schemes and fleshly methods of raising funds for promoting God’s work. Our weapons are not carnal but mighty through God and in demonstration of God’s power and glory. His work can only be done as we rely upon Him to work through us in answer to our fervent prayers.
Our mission desires to serve each missionary as an agent between the local church and the missionary, realizing his freedom in the Lord to do anything that is not contrary to the Bible. It is also recognized that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. All of our missionaries must accept our Purpose, Precepts, Policies, Practices, and adhere to our Appearance Code, which is a part of the brochure.
All new missionaries going to a field where veteran missionaries are already working must observe the following:
- Be teachable and benefit from advice given by veteran missionaries.
- Be careful to pay expenses while staying with other missionaries, whether it be permanent or until living quarters are acquired.
- If they establish a work apart from the veteran missionary’s work, they must take the responsibility of and be director of their own work, not expecting the veteran to bear that burden. While working with an established work and veteran missionary, they must understand that the work is his to direct and they are in the role of a second man.
- If any workers, from another missionary’s work or established church, desire to work with the new missionary, he must get the approval, blessing, and permission from the missionary or church. This is true, even when workers simply desire to help the new missionary in the beginning.
- All of our missionaries should carefully avoid any type of proselytizing.
When offenses arise between our missionaries, the principle found in Matthew 18:15 should be followed. We realize the text applies to a local church, but the same principles will work between missionaries. When a missionary has done all possible to resolve a problem between himself and a fellow missionary, he should then share the problem with the Home Office, with the hope that an acceptable resolution can be found.
Any problem, which involves a violation of the Mission’s position found in this brochure or explained in our Institute of Missions, which cannot be corrected by prayer and discussion on the field, must be reported to the Home Office.
If a missionary has to be dismissed for doctrinal or moral reasons or resulting from his departing from the Purpose, Precepts, Policies, Practices, Principles, or Appearance Code, this will be reported to the supporting churches. If a missionary desires to leave our mission and there is no doctrinal or moral reason involved, our Mission will report this to his supporting churches, with the recommendation that his support be channeled through another mission agency or local church in accordance with the missionary’s desire. If we cannot approve of the mission board or the church, we will tell the supporting churches the reasons behind our refusal to recommend the church or agency.
Should a missionary submit his resignation, while a problem or violation involving that missionary is under consideration, the Mission is under no obligation to accept the resignation in good standing. The Mission, at it’s decision, 1) may accept the resignation in good standing; 2) accept the resignation but not in good standing, or 3) reject the resignation and dismiss the missionary.