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Missionary Educators’ Summit
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
August 16-17, 2004
Members: Dale Johnson (facilitator) DeLonn Rance (sec.), Valerie Rance,
Michele Crowe, Roger Simmons, Allen Martin, Denny Seler
Step 1: Definition (Describe the issue)
What is the issue, problem, concern, challenge, etc.? Summarize it in 25
words or less
Provide the impetus to help move the National Church into Foreign
Missions/Home Missions for LAC students to reach indigenous and minority groups.
Preparing missionaries for LAC to go to the Muslim world, Translate key book on
Problem Statement: There is a need for each Bible Institute to
become a center for missions focus and mobilization.
Step 2: Ideas (Brainstorming—use the back side if needed) AND Step
Each Bible Institute must be a center for missions focus and mobilization by:
- Facilitating missions commitment in the lives of students, faculty and
- Developing missional programs,
- Networking with the national church missions organizations, and
- Encouraging an understanding of world missions outreach which includes
people and minority groups both foreign and domestic.
1. The Bible school program should facilitate in the lives of students,
faculty and administration a missions commitment that would include
ethno-linguistic groups both foreign and domestic by:
- Creating “space” (i.e. prepare the soil, set the stage, prepare the
atmosphere for God’s growth) to hear God’s call, and experience Spirit
direction and empowerment in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- Exposing the Bible School community to missionaries, missionary stories,
missions needs and missionary challenges.
- Developing missions prayer groups, celebrating missions conventions,
forming a campus committee for missions mobilization, creating a physical
environment that raises missions awareness (e.g. flags, posters, hall of
fame), providing specific opportunities to express
missions commitment (e.g. missionary disciplines of prayer, giving, missions
activities, and short term missions trips including student exchange
programs with other nations or ethno linguistic groups).
- Allowing students to discover their spiritual giftings and to develop
their inter-relational and leadership skills.
- Stretching the student’s faith in God’s ability to provide.
2. Bible School related entities should design and implement proactive
missions programs by:
- Modifying the Plan Básico to improve and
increase missions courses, with the possibility of providing a missions
specialty, noting the importance of: a biblical Theology of Missions,
incorporating missions courses at the beginning of the program and teaching
every course with God’s Global mission in mind.
- Developing a core of missions professors who are passionate, of proven
missionary commitment and have the necessary academic preparation.
- Designing programs of continuing education to foment missions
understanding and commitment in faculty and administration
- Taking advantage of current and future technology (consider using CRA as
an internet forum/networking mechanism)
- Integrating theory and practice throughout all missions programs.
- Writing missions and/or translating missions text books and other
materials to provide a boarder resource base.
- Intentionally creating space for reflection, prayer, missions awareness
- Stimulate relationships between the Bible school community and missional
structures (e.g. missionary training centers, missions agencies and resource
3. Bible school entities should collaborate with the national church and
other Assemblies of God missions organizations by:
- Submitting to national missions leadership.
- Inviting national missions leaders and missionaries to participate in
missions activities and contribute to every aspect of campus life from a
missions perspective, allowing for ample opportunities for personal
- Cooperating with existent missionary training centers
- Encouraging missionaries and MFs to provide missions resource materials
to both agencies and Bible Schools through donations and joint financial
commitments, (e.g. missions libraries, literature, flags, scholarships for
4. In order to successfully implement the above, the following issues must be
- The need to recognize and respect national missions programs. (i.e. U.S.
missionaries must be careful not to impose missions or missionary models in
the LAC context, but must seek to create “space” to foment missions
awareness, which challenges and facilitates missions commitment).
- The importance of guarding the concept of missions being a life time
commitment to a lifestyle of obedience rather than a “program” or
- The value of long term investment (Missions is not something that will
happen in a hurry, it will take time to develop new missionary disciplines
- The wisdom in avoiding both the antagonization or patronization of
existent traditional ecclesiastical authorities, patterns and structures.
Step 4: Assignments (Leadership, Follow-up and Timetable)
Who can best provide leadership to further develop and implement the plan?
- Form a committee made up of Roy Smeya, DeLonn Rance, Judy Graner, Rod
Boyd. To implement changes in Plan Basico to present a proposal for the next
triannual meeting of SEC.
Does it fall with the scope of an existing ministry, especially the
educational structure of the national church (e.g. SEC)?
- CRA- implement changes in technology.
- Recommend to the committee of “Misiones en Conjunto” the development of
a missions resource clearing house and a “Kit” which could include a manual,
texts, flags, posters, etc.
- Misiones en Conjunto is the missions comity named by the ejecutives of
CELAD and CADSA (Brad Walz – president, Samuel Rodiquez, Efrain Arosemena,
Enrique Vargas, Rodolfo Saenz, DeLonn Rance- sec.)
What should be the missionary involvement? How can the missionary best
- Each missionary and MF needs to be proactive in missions within the
national church, specifically within Bible schools.
What will be the schedule to implement the plan?
- Allow one year for committees to present strategic plans taking
advantage of internet technology to facilitate communication and networking.
- Evaluate progress in a follow up Educator’s summit.