Why Missions?

General Missions Information

  1. Definition of Missions

Missions is any endeavor aimed toward the goal of reaching beyond the needs of the local congregation for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples, and relating to spiritual and physical needs of mankind, including mercy ministry, relief, and development. The policies and procedures of this manual relate to cross-cultural overseas ministry and some cross-cultural exceptions within the borders of the United States. Missions is not to be confused with benevolence within the community of the church. Those needs will be addressed through other church policies and activities.

  1. Scriptural Basis

The missions efforts of our church are based on the eternal truth of God’s Word as revealed in Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 22:3, Matthew 24:14, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-15, Romans 15:20, and Revelation 5:9.

  1. Purpose

The purpose of The Church at Asheville Missions program is to faithfully respond to Christ’s Great Commission mandate and to maximize the involvement in the global harvest as a congregation. The following policies and procedures have been established to accomplish the following:

        1. Achieve a clear sense of direction in carrying out the church’s mission vision.
        2. Avoid making important decisions on an emotional or haphazard basis.
        3. Ensure that each mission dollar is spent as God would have it spent.
        4. Maintain consistency and clarity of strategy as the Missions Advancement Team members change.
        5. Develop a loving accountability in our missions program.
  1. Flexibility of Interpretation

These missions policies, which are updated periodically by the Missions Advancement Team and approved by the Pastor, are to be used as a guideline for all major missions decisions. The policies cover approximately ninety percent of all questions or problems that may arise regarding the missions program in the church. For those items not covered or when exceptions to the policy are deemed necessary, a proposal is drawn up by the Missions Advancement Team through a majority consensus and submitted to the Pastor for approval. The missions plan with the policies shall be reviewed and revised annually by the Missions Advancement Team and submitted to the Pastor for approval.


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