Great Commission Community Church’s
Policy and Procedures for Sending
Great Commission Community Church (GCCC) is a sending church. It is a lifestyle, more than a calling. We are all sent to be the light of Christ in our neighborhoods, families, workplaces and wherever we travel around the world.
However, from time to time, GCCC will set apart those who have been called to serve in a more full-time or permanent capacity for a specific mission assignment. At this current time, GCCC only officially sends our members to partner locations and ministries; however, some exceptions to non-partnering locations and ministries are possible on a case-by-case basis.
As GCCC members are sent abroad, they represent the fragrance of Christ and are His ambassadors. Consequently, it is GCCC’s privilege and duty to discern which members from GCCC should be sent by our church and adequately prepare them before they are sent out. The following section describes the eligibility, requirements and process for those seeking to be sent as missionaries by GCCC for a two to five-year term.
GCCC members seeking to be sent by GCCC must meet the following eligibility requirements before applying.
- be an active member of GCCC for at least one year at time of application, serving in at least one ministry area of the church (such as small groups, welcome ministry, worship, children’s, etc.) for one year or longer.
- planning to serve with a recognized partner mission of GCCC. (On a case by case basis, the GCCC Governance Board may review applications for missionary service as part of non-partnering work.)
- minimum 22 years of age.
As potential missionaries are sent by GCCC, the following list of items is required.
- have a sending mission agency that offers medical benefits, administration for fundraising and supervisory mentorship (ideally, administration costs shall not exceed more than 10% of financial support) approved by the GCCC’s Governance Board.
- have taken the Perspectives on World Mission course or its equivalent.
- have taken the church’s Sharing Jesus (Evangelism) and Being Sent discipleship intensive courses, or their equivalent through private meetings with one of GCCC’s pastors and/or the missions coordinator.
- meet as necessary with one of GCCC’s pastors and/or the mission’s coordinator for training, equipping and preparation (usually involves a reading course in Systematic Theology and the cultural overview the missionary is anticipated to serve).
- interview with and be approved by GCCC’s Governance Board before final send off.
- be debt-free or have a realistic plan for debt repayment within the applicant’s fundraising plan.
- have 100% pledged support for the duration of the term for all overseas and non-overseas expenses (for instance, debt repayment) before departure.
GCCC is not a direct sender of missionaries or missionary teams at this time. Instead, we partner with mission organizations and mission teams in sending our people overseas. Consequently, the day-to-day work of GCCC’s missionaries is supervised by on the field supervisors working among GCCC’s partnering (and when applicable, non-partnering) organizations.
The process of being sent overseas as a missionary from GCCC involves the following tasks (mostly in sequential order):
- initial interview and discussion with one of GCCC’s pastors and the mission’s coordinator.
- complete long-term mission’s application and submit to mission’s coordinator.
- initial approval from GCCC’s Governance Board to continue next steps for being sent overseas. At this time, the Governance Board will list outstanding requirements for the candidate (often recommended by the mission’s coordinator) to be completed before being sent.
- complete a background check, credit check and psychological test with a qualified counseling professional. These checks will be organized through the mission’s coordinator and results shared with GCCC’s Governance Board and Pastors.
- meet regularly with one of GCCC’s pastors and/or the mission’s coordinator during the preparation phase.
- be approved by GCCC’s partnering organization to join their team.
- have initial approval to be sent by a sending mission agency that is approved by GCCC.
- begin obtaining necessary travel and residency documents for the missionary term.
- in conjunction with missionary partners and sending agency, determine an annual expense budget for overseas expenses and any non-overseas expenses.
- before moving further with final travel documents, travel plans, fundraising campaign, etc., formal interview with GCCC’s Governance Board to proceed to the final steps preparation.
- fundraise remaining financial support, either through marketplace/tentmaking opportunities and/or fundraising among family, friends and other networks apart from active GCCC members and regular attenders.
- recruit 3 or 4 members of GCCC to form the missionary’s care (E-17) group within the church. This group will coordinate logistics for the official send-off (prayer meetings, so long parties), monthly communications with the missionary (ex. FaceTime), advocate for the prayer needs for the missionary and coordinate all logistics when the missionary returns to the DMV area for debriefing.
- complete any necessary courses or other education as required by GCCC’s Governance Board or the sending mission agency and/or overseas partner.
- give a presentation during a Sunday worship service at GCCC. At this time, the church will formally send (commission) the church member overseas.
Before being sent out, GCCC and the missionary candidate(s) will sign a covenant agreement for the mission’s term. The covenant statements and agreements will vary from situation to situation, but some of the basic parts of the covenant include the following items.
Benefits for the missionary worker being sent by GCCC:
- funding of overseas expenses provided by GCCC’s End of Earth Fund for a certain term length (2-year minimum, 5 year maximum).
- additional medical/disability/life insurance if insufficient insurance is provided by the sending missions agency.
- reimbursement of government fees for travel and entry into the country.
- travel expenses to country and return after the term (possible mid-term travel for presentation at GCCC’s annual mission conference).
- standard living expenses, including appropriate insurances paid to candidate(s) during preparation and debriefing times in the United States.
- a GCCC missionary care (E-17) group.
- an annual pastoral visit from one of our pastors or elders, paid through the GCCC’s missions budget.
- quarterly check-ins (Skype, FaceTime) and encouragement from one of GCCC’s pastors and/or the mission’s coordinator.
In being sent by GCCC, the missionary worker agrees to do the following:
- provide monthly prayer updates to the missionary’s care group at GCCC as well as the missions coordinator.
- provide an annual report to the mission’s coordinator (shared with GCCC’s Governance Board).
- return to GCCC for at least one month following their term for debriefing, a Sunday presentation and (when applicable) further training and approval before being sent out again.
- receive encouragement and instruction from pastoral staff and other church members.
- work alongside GCCC mission partners overseas, submitting to the leadership of the partnership team leader.
Renewing for additional terms
GCCC’s Governance Board will review applications for missionaries sent by GCCC already on the field and who wish to renew for an additional term. Initial conversations for renewal begins with the mission’s coordinator, followed by a scaled down version of the initial application form and finally an interview with GCCC’s Governance Board. Current missionaries will be asked about their renewal intentions about 6 months before the end of their term.
For questions or more information, contact the mission’s coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.