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What Does BCMN Endorsement Mean to a Pastor?

Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

What Does BCMN Endorsement Mean to a Pastor?

A BCMN Endorsement tells a pastor that a missionary has been approved by a credible mission agency, and is a Biblical, Balanced, and Baptist missionary who is in agreement with BCMN’s Statement of Faith. (https://baptistcmn.org/Statement-of-Faith)

Biblical - BCMN Endorsed missionaries place a premium on preaching and teaching God’s Word. The Word of God is what the Spirit of God uses to work in the hearts of the people of God to accomplish the will of God in this world.

Balanced – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that it is God’s plan to reach people of every demographic in all of the world through the ministry of the local church. Their focus is on evangelism, ministry and missions and avoiding the extremes and trends of popular cultural-based Christianity.

Baptist – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that the distinctives that make us Baptists have both relevance and value in a time when Bible doctrine is taking a backseat to pragmatism, programs, and personality driven ministry. BCMN Endorsed missionaries embrace our historical Baptist heritage, not as a matter of nostalgia, but as a matter of Biblical conviction.

All endorsed missionaries fill out an application that explains their salvation experience, call to missions and agreement with BCMN’s Statement of Faith and BCMN’s Biblical, Balanced, and Baptist philosophy. Once the application is accepted, missionaries are sent a Strategic Report. The Strategic Report includes a missionary’s personal Statement of Faith and ministry plan. An updated Strategic Report is submitted to the BCMN board every year for review.  After receiving the application and Strategic Report the board of BCMN votes to endorse the missionary.

BCMN Endorsed missionaries also receive training and coaching.

Endorsed missionaries attend Missionary Communication Workshop. This is a five-day on-site workshop designed to help missionaries clearly communicate their call and passion for the mission field. At the workshop missionaries receive training in every aspect of communication including preaching, teaching, reporting to churches, Q&A’s, and support letters. For more information about the workshops go to www.aboundmissionaryservices.com.

Endorsed missionaries participate in Financial Coaching. Finances very often are stressful for everyone. Finances can be even harder on missionaries because they must handle personal income and ministry income. Just because God has called a person or couple to mission work does not mean that they have learned the principles of good money management. Lewis McClendon is a Certified Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach. He has the training to help missionaries identify problem areas in their finances, create a long term financial plan, and learn to live on a budget that the couple works together to create and maintain. This coaching is done in person or on Skype or FaceTime.

For more information about BCMN missionary endorsement contact Lewis McClendon at l.mcclendon@baptistcmn.org. (330) 575-0199

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