Our Commitment to Sending Churches

Sending churches are not just important to ABWE's process of sending missionaries; they are essential. We work in equal partnership with our missionaries and their local sending church.

As part of this, ABWE commits to serving missionaries by:

  • Faithfully and knowledgeably pray for their missionary.
  • Assist the missionary throughout the pre-field process.
  • Consult with them and their missionary before making any major ministry change.
  • Provide an annual review of their missionaries fulfillment of responsibilities.
  • Provide training for their missionary prior to field departure in preparation for future ministry.
  • Provide periodic communications with ideas to aid the ministry of the local church to its missionaries.
  • Whenever possible, be visited by the pre-field director annually.
  • Provide the Message magazine. ABWE’s annual financial statement is available upon request.

ABWE commits to serving sending churches by:

  • Communicating accurately the state of need in the world and keeping the church informed for effective prayer for world missions.
  • Challenging the church regarding its role in the task of world missions by promoting missions and the work of missionaries and national partners.
  • Evaluating missionaries and ministries, giving a clear report for accountability and stewardship of all resources.
  • Coordinating and overseeing the work of missions, leading to effective teamwork and maximum impact of the gospel.
  • Strategizing and planning for optimum evangelistic coverage of the nations and peoples of the world, resulting in church-planting movements and missions movements.
  • Caring for missionaries and their families on behalf of the church and facilitating the care provided by their sending and supporting churches.
  • Training missionaries for optimum cross-cultural influence as they go into all the world.

ABWE asks that the sending church commits to:

  • Faithfully and knowledgeably pray for their missionary; regularly keep their ministry and needs before the church family.
  • Work closely with ABWE in assisting, encouraging and advising the missionary.
  • Provide logistic support for your missionary throughout their pre-field ministry.
  • Assist the missionary in finding opportunities to present their ministry in like-minded churches.
  • Financially support their missionary as generously and sacrificially as possible, considering their own sent missionary to be a priority in missionary giving.
  • Provide opportunities for ministry that coincide with the missionary’s prefield schedule in other churches.
  • License or ordain men when field ministries require it.
  • Publicly commission your missionary before departure for language school or the field.