MISSIONS

Missionaries supported by SBC:

Brad and Sylvia Thompson (Power to Change - Family LIfe)
Brendon Rebello (Power to Change - Students)
Chris and Karyn Ball (Mission Aviation Fellowship in the South Sudan)
Chaplain Pat and Lori DiFonzo (Pearson International Airport)

STREETSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH GUIDELINE FOR MISSION POLICY

The purpose of S.B.C. Missions is to seek to help fulfill the great commission of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20)

By
1) PRAYING that the Lord will thrust forth more labourers (Luke 10:2)
2) ENCOURAGING intercessory prayer and concern for missions (Colossians 4:2-3)
3) TEACHING the scriptural method of giving in order to support those the Lord sends forth (I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:7, Malachi 3:10)
4) KEEPING before Christians the need for full time Christian workers (Romans 10:14-15)
5) SENDING members of S.B.C. into full time missionary service (Acts 13:3)

I. The Missions Committee of Streetsville Baptist Church will be elected annually by the Church congregation and will report to the Board of Deacons.

1. Its primary function is to:
a) arrange a missionary conference at least bi-annually
b) recommend levels of support for missionaries
c) Interview before making recommendation to support/ or not support those who are
contemplating missionary service
d) annually review missionary support and ministries
e) keep in constant contact with missionaries in the field and while on furlough
f) give guidance regarding showers or special events for missionaries on furlough.
g) to actively recruit members for missionary service.

II Missions Agencies will be considered for support on the following basis:

1. The mission agencies Home, French or foreign of our Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches

2. Mission agencies of other fundamental evangelical Baptist associations who present audited financial reports annually for public examination

3. Other fundamental and evangelical mission agencies whose doctrinal statement conforms with ours and presents audited financial reports annually for public examination.

III Missionary Personnel

1. Preference will be given to members of Streetsville Baptist Church in good standing when selecting missionaries.

2. Missionaries supported by Streetsville Baptist Church should not make direct appeals to members of the Church for increased or additional allowances. Requests for additional support should be communicated to the Missions Committee who will make recommendation to the Board of Deacons.

3. Regular communication, at least bi-monthly, is requested so the Church may share the prayer burdens of our missionaries.

4. An annual report is requested from each missionary family t be presented in the time for the Missionary Conference and/or Annual Meeting. The date(s) will be communicated to the missionaries at least two months in advance.

5. Members of Streetsville Baptist Church are encouraged to volunteer for missionary service.

6. When a missionary has a major change in responsibilities, the Church must be advised so that support may be reviewed in light of the new circumstances. The missionary should not assume that support will be continued.

7. All missionaries supported by Streetsville Baptist Church and serving on a foreign field shall be interviewed by the Missionary Committee during each furlough and all home missionaries at least once every three years.

8. All missionaries must subscribe in writing, and without reservation, to the doctrinal statement of Streetsville Baptist Church (Article IV pp2-10 S.B.C. Constitution)

9. Notice of the contemplated action to support a new missionary is to be placed in the Church bulletin and by announcement during the Church worship services prior to a duly announced business meeting.

IV. Missionary Support

1. The amount of support given to missionaries is to be reviewed annually and recommendations are to be presented to the Board of Deacons for their consideration and subsequently to the Church at the Annual Business Meeting.

2. Payments of allowances are to be sent to the mission society as determined by the Missions Committee in consultation with the Church Treasurer.

3. Furlough allowances for missionaries serving in foreign missions shall continue for a period of one year.

4. Support will be discontinued if a missionary becomes self-supporting or when the church is advised by his mission society that he is no longer serving in the field.

5. Annual vacation for missionaries serving in Canada shall not exceed one month unless for emergency reasons. Continuance of support is to be considered by the Missions Committee and a recommendation made to the Board of Deacons.

6. Extension of regular furlough of the foreign missionary, on approval of the mission agency, will require a review of continued support by the Missions Committee and a recommendation will be made to the Board of Deacons.

7. Private school education of missionary children, other than that provided by the mission society is the missionary's own financial responsibility.

Short Term Missionaries on Foreign Fields/or Students on Summer Mission Assignment

1. The same criteria will determine support of short term missionaries as for regular missionaries.

2. Support for short term missionaries or students shall not exceed the maximum annual amount designated for any regular missionary.

3. Students on limited home mission assignment shall receive a small monetary gift to be determined annually.