Mission’s Policy

Fair Havens Community Church


B2355 Regional Road 48 East

Beaverton, On, L0K 1A0


MISSIONS POLICY

(As of December 20th, 2015)


All Missionaries supported by the Fair Havens Community Church must familiarise themselves with the policies contained herein, and commit to keeping them, while receiving financial support.


1. Missionaries who are affiliated with a recognised missionary agency in membership with “Missio Nexus” will be eligible for financial support.


2. When a missionary is approved by a mission’s agency, and when they go to the mission field, they will receive their support on a month-to-month basis.


3. Missionaries will be supported for a two-year term only (starting January 2016) and as long as the Lord sends the funds. Six months prior to this term end, supported missionaries should again seek FHCC support through the reapplication process. If missionaries change mission agencies, they must not assume that they will automatically receive support. Missionaries who serve independently [not under the supervision of a recognised missionary agency] should not expect to be supported by our church.





        1. Starting January 2016 all missionary support in the present form will be terminated.
        2. Opportunity will then be given for all our supported missionaries to apply for a two year support term.
        3. Each support term period will determine the value of a share as the church can afford.
        4. At the end of the two year support term the missionaries must reapply for another two year term, 6 months prior to the supported term.



4. Once missionaries have committed themselves to a mission agency, they are responsible to said agency. The outworking of this oversight structure means that Fair Havens Community Church, as a sending church is not responsible for supported missionaries in the field. Direction and responsibility must be forthcoming from the sending agency, with regards to all matters to and from the field of service, especially in crisis situations.


5. Financial support may not be solicited from our people through direct mail appeals, or promotions of any kind. Where a missionary has a project worthy of consideration, this project must first be presented to the sending agency, and in turn if they approve it, the sending agency should write to the FHCC Missions Committee and make the appeal. Close relatives are considered eligible as people a missionary may contact for further support, but if FHCC takes on your support, it is not fair to write to people within FHCC to acquire further support. Letters reporting on missionary activities are acceptable, but appeals for funds would be an abrogation of this policy. This policy does not prevent any person from making unsolicited donations in support of a missionary.


6. Member couples of FHCC who reach the field, as missionaries will receive two shares of missionary support.

A non-member couple of FHCC will receive one share.

A member single missionary of FHCC will receive one share.

A single non-member of FHCC missionary will receive one half share.


7. The church’s usual policy is to support missionaries on their regular furloughs but not on extended study courses etc.


8. The Missions Committee will review the value of a share of missionary support annually.


9. The Missions Committee will bring all matters regarding the support of candidates and their financial stipends to the Board for ratification. Ultimately the entire church at the budget meeting in November when the members accept or reject the church budget will vote for the missionary share support amount.


10. Accountability of Missionaries:

In keeping with the increased vigilance requirements of CRA, FHCC supported missionaries will be reviewed annually by FHCC Missions Committee.  


The criteria which will make up such a review will be:

1. A Missionaries ongoing standing and keeping with FHCC. (i.e. how do they relate to FHCC through reporting by means of News letters and or emails, Video updates)

2. Their area of service

3. Reporting back to their supporters at FHCC through Missionary Week-ends, attendance at our Annual World Mission’s Conference, Ladies meetings and all invitations extended to them by FHCC.

4. Keeping their specific projects before FHCC and reporting on the expenses of these projects.

5. All missionaries in Ontario within a given year of that year must meet with the Mission’s Committee.  Missionaries supported by FHCC living elsewhere must program this visit into their home assignment.


11. Potential missionary candidates who are contemplating a missionary career, may request assistance from the Fair Havens Community Church Scholarship Fund, toward preparation for such a career.  While the fund does not offer a great deal there is sufficient resource to possibly cover a portion of the tuition, or living or textbook costs of a candidate as their needs arise.

1. Candidates seeking assistance from the scholarship fund should do so by writing a letter addressed to the Chair of the Mission’s Committee.  The letter should contain:

a. a short description (testimony) of their journey to Christ.

b. a brief description of the journey to date with Christ

c. a description from whence a sense of call to career missions has come. (Has the Lord Jesus burdened them with a particular people group, area of ministry, type of ministry etc.)

d. a brief outline of their prospective course to equipping themselves for mission, viz. name of school, costs involved, how they invisage supporting themselves, etc.

2. Approval of an applicant will be made first by the Missions Committee who will pass it to the joint Board for ratification.

3. Upon ratification from the Joint Board a candidate will be informed of what they will receive from the Scholarship Fund.


12. Upon retirement from active missionary service, FHCC will cease to support such candidates.


December 2015