GFM Missonary Residency Memo Of Understanding (MOU)
Goal: The goal of this missionary residency is to equip and mobilize catalytic leaders/missionaries to multiply healthy disciples, pioneer churches, and train leaders locally and/or globally until there is #NoPlaceLeft.
Vision: There are approximately 20,000 people in Clarkston of which about 13,000 are foreign born many of which come from places that have little or no access to the Gospel. Our goal is to share Christ, disciple people, and gather them into churches where they can continue to grow. Many refugees come to Clarkston and are already believers but haven’t found a good discipleship relationship or a healthy church to be a part of where they can grow, use their gifts, and live on mission. We want to see a healthy body of believers living incarnationally and missionally in each of the 38+ apartment complexes in Clarkston.
- Go and proclaim the Gospel to the lost rather than expecting them to come to us.
- Make disciples who obey Jesus’ commands, rather than converts with a lot of head knowledge.
- Train our disciples to be disciple makers.
- Disciples gather into churches (existing or new ones).
- Our practice will be guided first, by NT commands, second, by the patterns of Jesus, Paul, and the early church, and third, by human/church traditions.
- Abiding with Jesus is the foundation for all maturity and mission.
Participants will be asked to commit a minimum of 6 (six) hours a week to the residency. There may also be additional requirements such as reading, writing, trainings, and potential mission trips. Missionary residents are making the following weekly commitments:
2 hours: House Church – We will care for one another, worship together, hold each other accountable, practice various tools, and dig into the Word during this time.
2 hours: Harvest Field – This will consist of entry and seed sowing until you locate a House of Peace. Then your harvest field time may shift to discipleship and church formation. It will be helpful for you and your disciples to continue to have some regular time for prayer walking (Ideally you can go with those you are discipling and help them reach their field). Each residency should have at least 1 scheduled harvest time per week in a strategic field.
2 hours: Training – Participants will either receive evangelism, discipleship, and church planting training or train other individuals, small groups, or churches the things that they are learning.
Trainings and Trips: Participants are expected to participate in specified event trainings and trips throughout the missionary residency to learn from and labor with other disciple making practitioners.
Year 2 Residency: Doing a second year of residency recommended, but optional. The requirements will be the same, but those who completed year one will lead the second time around. The hope is that those who complete year one would stick around to lead for the second year or launch out and lead their own residency for year 2 in their local church context or in another area.