How can I get started with international missions at Veritas?
Your first step to introduce yourself and let us know your interest. Locally we have excellent opportunities to engage East Africans and International Students. You should consider praying for missions as part of Veritas weekly prayer gatherings. Finally, you should consider taking a short-term mission trip to one of our missionary partners.
Do I have to be a member to be sent as a Veritas missionary?
Yes, you need to be an active member for two years who has been affirmed by the elders and completed the a Missio Veritas personal development plan. The process may begin before two years are completed.
What are the steps to be sent out through Veritas?
1. Be a member of Veritas for 2 years and be active in a community group.
2. Review the Missio Veritas Self-Assessment and process the results with your community group leader. Discuss your interest with a pastor. Then, complete this form.
3. Be actively involved in international ministry in Columbus and/or lead a Veritas community group.
4. Begin assessment process with Veritas – including assessment, personal development plan, and affirmation.
5. Begin assessment and application with approved missions agency partnerships.
6. Complete personal development plan and the assessment process of Veritas and approved mission agency.
7. Be publicly commissioned as an international missionary by your congregation.
How long does the assessment and development process take?
The process for sending missionaries can easily take more than one year, though in some cases it could take less. There are a variety of factors: assessment, development, budget planning, and partner agency timelines.
I’m interested in international missions, but I won’t be ready to go for another year or more.
If you would like to go in the next two or three years, you should share your interest. This can be a lengthy process.
Can I get financial support for my short-term mission trip?
For short-term mission trips, we ask our members to raise their own support. If you are interested in short-term missions, we encourage you to check out any advertised Veritas mission trips, which may be subsidized financially through our partnerships. If you are a Veritas member who is going on a short-term mission trip, please let us know so we can pray for you.
Can I get financial support for my longer-term mission?
Missionary candidates who have been affirmed through the assessment and development process, may have financial support available. This is a function of budget, strategic priorities, and resources available through approved missions agencies. Affirmed Veritas members who are looking to serve long-term are encouraged to join one of our existing strategic partnerships, as the majority of Veritas’ resources will be focused on these partners. Missionaries sent out from Veritas will also be provided with other means of support beyond financial.
I’m a Veritas member and already in process with another organization to serve as a missionary. Can I still partner with Veritas?
We require all Veritas missionaries to go through the Missio Veritas assessment, development, and sending process.
If you are committed to go now, or to go independent of Veritas’ plan for assessment, development, and and affirmation, we wish you the best and would love to touch base with you to provide what encouragement we can give you before you leave. Additionally, we encourage you to ask your community group and friends to be part of your ministry. However, without going through the assessment and development process, we would not be able to affirm you as your sending church.
I have a particular people group, mission agency, or country in which I want to serve. Can I be sent from Veritas?
It is exciting to see the way that God gives us hearts for his mission. We require all Veritas missionaries to go through the Missio Veritas assessment, development, and sending process. Defining sending partners, ministry type, and ministry location are also a part of this process. Missionaries will only be sent through approved sending partners. Veritas desires to make strategic investments around the world, so we will be making specific ministry partnerships. Not all ministries and ministry locations would be approved, but we encourage you to enter into the process to discern what is best fit given the mix of gifts, strategic partnerships, and field needs.
Advocacy Teams are the most tangible expression of our church’s commitment to support our missionaries who are serving in cross-cultural environments. The team is centered around one team leader and can be made up of approximately 3-8 individuals who provide ongoing care and support. They serve as a primary link between the church as a whole and the missionary.
Simply put, an Advocacy Team is a group of people who deeply love and care for their missionary. They communicate, pray for and stay connected to their missionary on a regular basis. Because of these strong personal relationships, the missionary can be open and honest, allowing his or her team to see needs and share successes and defeats.
What is the vision for Advocacy teams?
There are two major roles of an Advocacy Team: care and representation. The success of an advocate team depends on its ability to accomplish these two goals from the time that the missionary prepares to leave for the field until his or her return.
Many missionaries live in physically challenging environments. Some are raising children far from extended family. Others struggle with cultural adjustments and language barriers. Most significantly, all serve on the front lines of spiritual warfare. For survival and spiritual health, missionaries need empathetic listeners — compassionate, caring friends who are not in a supervisory role. The Advocacy Team can consistently provide that kind of spiritual and emotional care. Caring also involves identifying specific needs which the team can meet or organize others in our church to meet.
The Advocacy Team also champions the missionary and his or her work to our church body and advocates for ongoing participation in that missionary’s ministry even when he or she is far away. Thanks to the efforts of the Advocacy Team, our church feels an ongoing sense of connection to our workers.
What does an Advocacy team look like?
The foundation of each Advocacy Team is the team leader. He/She is the one who has the main connections with the missionary and leads the team in all aspects. The team leader either already knows the missionary deeply or commits to build a deep relationship. The rest of the team is built under the leadership of the committed person. Each Advocacy Team will look different, but the leader should have a group of people with whom to share the work.
Depending on the team member’s season of life, people may need to step out of their Advocacy Team commitment. We ask however that team leaders commit to the missionaries’ full term (2-4 years) and/or be willing to replace themselves in this role as needed.
What does an Advocacy Team do?
Connect with each other monthly
As a team, correspond or meet each month to work together to fulfill your role as an Advocacy Team. Plan to meet with the missionary before departure.
The main role of an Advocacy Team is to pray monthly as a team and on an individual basis. We also ask that you hold your missionary accountable to update their prayer requests monthly.
Ask any missionary and they will tell you that they rarely stay connected with their friends and church family back home. Part of providing care to missionaries is the commitment to stay connected. Your missionary should hear from your at least once a month. This can happen through emails, Skype, handwritten letters, or any number of creative ways. Some missionaries report that even a short 2-3 sentence response to a prayer update is very encouraging. Make sure this is part of your team meeting. Also, be sure to share your own life with them, including your own prayer requests. You should help them see that they are still in the body, though separated geographically!
Send Care Packages
Nothing says “I love you” to a missionary quite like a box full of ranch dressing mix, peanut butter, and a few good books. Advocacy teams will send at least two care packages a year to their missionary. Veritas will pay for two of these packages with the hopes of your team sending a few more from your own personal funds if possible. Veritas will reimburse you up to $150 per care package. Advocacy teams can also coordinate with any adoptive community groups to send out these packages.
Help with departure and arrival
Some of the hardest times for your missionary will be preparing to leave for the field and returning home for a stateside visit. There are a thousand things that need to be done and we ask that your team jump in and help as much as possible. Re-entry to the United States can be a sensitive time with many logistical needs but also soul care in the midst of reverse culture shock.
Run with the Vision (Sjogren, Stearns)
The Re-entry Team by Neal Pirolo