Dates: GFM missionary apprenticeships are seven months long (June-Dec for spring MTS students and Jan-July for fall MTS students). We need apprentices to be fully committed during those seven months and dedicate themselves full-time to the program. Unless an apprentice is at full financial support, the months of June and July will be exclusively dedicated to raising support. If an apprentice is at full support, they would be able to join us during the summer activities of helping out with summer short term teams, interns, or church planting efforts which is a great experience! Apart from June and July, the apprenticeship calendar follows the MTS schedule, so all apprentices need to be ready when the first day of MTS happens and will be officially done after graduation.
Cost: The cost of the missionary apprenticeship is $500 which will be paid in full to GFM at the beginning of the program. This helps cover books, resources, retreats, and occasional meals/parties. All missionary apprentices are in charge of their own ministry and living expenses.
Raising Support: A large part of the missionary apprenticeship is to help people get to full financial support so that they are ready to head to the mission field. For apprentices that are very underfunded, we may require Kingdom Come Training which costs $900 and is a very effective training and coaching platform. You will use the months of June and July to get equipping and accountability from them and dedicate yourself to hitting that 100% monthly support goal during the summer. The GFM approved minimum budget is $2000/month for singles, $3000/month for couples, and $4000/month for families with kids. You may need more than that depending on your costs for housing, ministry expenses, insurance, travel home, personal items, overseas trips, etc.
Housing: GFM apprentices must make their own housing arrangements. They must move out of GFM housing and find other options in the community.
Training: We don’t want to add a lot of new information on top of what you learned during the missionary training school. The missionary apprenticeship is all about application! The first three weeks of the apprenticeship we will review some of the material from MTS and give you a good overview of our mobilization, training, and multiplying efforts to help you find your sweet spot in ministry. Then, you will begin ministering in those different areas to find your niche.
Coaching: Once you have “declared a major” in mobilizing, training, or multiplying, you will be assigned a ministry coach that will help you come up with your work schedule, job description, and keep you accountable to meeting your goals. We are dedicated to training you in your specific area of ministry, developing your spiritual gifts, and seeing you become fruitful in ministry.
Ministry Evaluation: Every two months during the missionary apprenticeship, we will do a performance review to talk about advances/fruit in ministry, to find needed areas of improvement, to determine any necessary changes, and to discuss whether expectations are being met and if the apprenticeship is beneficial to both parties. This two month check in provides an “out” for you and for us if things just were not working out for either party.
Full-time Staff Commitment: In order to become a full-time staff member with GFM, a person must have finished the missionary training school, completed the seven month apprenticeship, reached full financial support or be dedicated to bi-vocational ministry, and be ready to make at least a two year commitment to the organization. You can look at our current staff needs.
Involvement with Internationals: All Christians are called to make disciples. Consequently, we consider it important for every apprentice even those not joining the church planting team to have as much interaction as possible with internationals. We expect everyone at GFM to play their part in developing relationships, sharing the gospel, and making disciples here which makes all of us a part of the disciple making and church planting efforts.
Ministry Hours: Due to the relational nature of much of the ministry, we do not have set work hours at GFM. However, you are expected to work at least 40 hours per week doing ministry (unless you are tentmaking) and working towards the goals that will be established with your coach. Things like involvement in local churches, personal finances, communication with supporters, and devotional time are a part of your ministry but should be done during your own time and do not count as GFM work hours.
Staff Meetings, Upper Room, and Parties: You are expected to attend and be on time for all staff meetings, upper room times, and fellowship times as these are some of the few gatherings where the whole GFM family comes together.
Base Communication: Working in a team dynamic, communication is very important. Following the protocol below will help us all avoid a lot of frustration by providing clear, timely communication. Basically, your coach is your communication link to the whole organization. Send messages through them, and get official updates from them so that you can know what is happening at GFM rather than depending on rumors.
- All significant communication about decisions of the organization, important goings-on, etc. is flowing in and out of the Leadership Team. If a decision is made in a leadership meeting, the decisions will be communicated to you at the next meeting with your coach.
- As you keep your local coach updated on important things happening with your ministry, they will pass the updates to the other members of the Leadership or Pastoral Care team. This ensures all updates are passed along to the other teams as each member of the Leadership team is responsible for updating their own local teammates as to what is happening in other ministries.
- If there is an issue or decision you would like the Leadership Team to consider, let your coach know. It will get taken to the leadership meeting and then brought back to you with the outcome of our discussion. Occasionally, the leadership team will want input from the whole team at which point your coach will let you know what issue is being discussed and encourage feedback.