Mission

Extension

Near and far disciple making is not a department of the church; it's why the church exists.

 That's why when others might use the term "missions," we say discipleship extension.

Extension Foundations

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Purpose

The purpose of Faith Community Church is to glorify God. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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Mission

Our mission is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. The scope of this charge applies to those nearest and most like us and includes every ethnicity on earth. (Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, Matthew 24:14)

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Disciples

Disciples are those who are trusting in the finished work of Christ for the forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life; who are growing into Christ by being established in the faith handed down from the apostles; and are advancing Christ’s kingdom as they go on mission. (2 Timothy 2:2)

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Goal

The goal of the New Testament missional enterprise is to multiply worshippers through the planting of churches that perpetuate indigenous disciple making.

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Extension Details & Partnership Application

Because the local church is God’s missional focus all FCC partners must demonstrate a vital connection with Faith Community or a like-minded local church prior to and during the length of partnership.

Faith Community’s partnerships will focus on those that evangelize people apart from Christ (which may include mercy ministries and relief efforts), establish believers, and entrust leaders.

Our extension emphases include:

  • Church planting and church planting movements (sending, resourcing & equipping)

  • Those God brings to the St. Croix Valley from other nations

  • Unengaged or unreached people groups

Our Partners consist of those who are:

  • Part of the FCC family and meet eligibility guidelines

  • Commended participants in the LEAD Team of churches

  • Like-minded, indigenous leaders who share our discipling convictions and can maintain meaningful relational ties.

  • Commended by like-minded churches.

These priorities are not meant to confer inferiority or superiority among types of missionary work; but to underscore our best understanding of God’s calling for our local assembly.

Faith Community will serve in one of four capacities in our partnerships:

  1. Sending church-assuming a lead role in supporting the partner(s) as well as the primary oversight relationship.

  2. Symbiotic church-supporting part of the FCC family being sent by another church.

  3. Sister church-assisting a sending church within the St. Croix Valley LEAD team.

  4. Supporting church-assisting other like-minded churches, particularly those who are part of Converge Worldwide and Converge Great Lakes.

Faith Community may also partner with agencies that share in our goals and priorities.

There are three categories of partnership based on the length and intent of our partners.

  1. Short term partnership exists for a time of six months or less

  2. Mid term is six months to two years

  3. Long term is for those who go for over two years with career vocational intent.

Application for partnership with Faith Community’s extension ministry is made through the Pastor for Missional Life. Mid-term and career partnerships require approval by the elders of FCC.

Short Term Qualifications

  • Application through FCC website

  • Active and obvious commitment to Jesus Christ

  • Regular participant in the life of Faith Community (attends public worship 50+% of the time, involved in a ministry role)

  • Acceptance by an agency endorsed by Faith Community

  • Commended by the Pastor for Missional Life

Mid Term Qualifications

  • Application through FCC website

  • Active and obvious commitment to Jesus Christ

  • High school graduate

  • Member of FCC at least one year prior to date of departure

  • Alignment with the theology and extension philosophy of FCC

  • Willingness to serve as career cross-cultural disciple-maker, if God so leads

  • Personal and spiritual maturity sufficient to the proposed assignment

  • Successful completion of the Acts and Pauline courses through FCC's Antioch school

  • Meets the qualifications of a deacon in 1 Timothy 3

  • Interview with Pastor for Missional Life and approval of FCC elders

  • Strong recommendations from church leaders in his/her area of service, including their missional community

  • Acceptance by an FCC approved agency

Long Term Qualifications

  • Clear profession and evidence of God's saving work; spiritual maturity; consistent Christian lifestyle; evidence of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • Member of Faith Community and actively involved in the life of the church for a minimum of three years

  • Alignment with the theology and extension philosophy of FCC

  • Strong recommendations from church leaders in his/her area of service, including their missional community

  • Adequate education and training to carry out the proposed ministry including Bible training (minimally certificate completion of the Antioch course), cross-cultural preparation and required professional training

  • Background of proven ministry experience (including active involvement in evangelism and discipleship)

  • Proposed missionary activity aligns with FCC extension strategy and emphases

  • Desires to maintain strong relationship with FCC members and leadership, and will abide by any guidelines for correspondence and periodic review of ministry

  • Elder qualified in keeping 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9

  • Physically, emotionally and mentally fit. Successful completion of any psychological testing which Faith Community and/or approved mission agency requires

  • Acceptance by an FCC approved agency

Expectations of Short Term Partners

  • Honor God and His church (including a willingness to submit to relevant leadership) during the extension experience

  • Submit a brief written report (format provided on FCC website) of the extension experience within 30 days of return

  • Meet with the Pastor for Missional Life to discuss the trip within 60 days of return

  • Financial support will not exceed two short-term experiences

Expectations of Mid Term Partners

  • Honor God and His church (including a willingness to submit to relevant leadership) during the extension experience

  • Submit a brief written report (format provided on FCC website) of the extension experience within 30 days of return

  • Create and execute a return event report for the FCC family

  • Meet with the Pastor for Missional Life to discuss the trip within 60 days of return

  • Financial partnership will be limited to one mid term experience

Expectations of Long Term Partners

  • Honor God and His church (including a willingness to submit to relevant leadership) during the extension experience

  • Meet or exceed goals set by their sending church and agency

  • Meaningful participation in the life of FCC during furloughs

  • Seek approval of FCC elders for any significant change of duties on the field

Coming Soon. In the meantime, contact Larry Szyman at lszyman@fcchudson.com

Application for partnership with Faith Community’s extension ministry is made through the Pastor for Missional Life. Mid-term and career partnerships require approval by the elders of FCC.

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