Sending Guide Definitions
Apostolic Christian Counselling and Family Services (ACCFS) – Ministry of the Apostolic Christian Church of America that provides information, teaching support, consultation, and/or counselling to address hurting, emotional, spiritual,mental health, and relationship issues as well as providing resources for growth in marriages, parenting, relationships, and spiritual lives.
Candidate – A brother or sister expressing initial interest and discerning a call to serve as a missionary.
Approved Missionary -- A brother, sister, couple or family seeking placement in missionary service within the Apostolic Christian Church who have successfully completed the Missionary Process.
Cross-Cultural Ministry – A ministry that is purposeful in crossing cultural barriers. These barriers often include language, worldview and faith.
Fellowship Support – The support and accountability provided to the missionary to maintain the relational connection to his/her sending church. This support ensures that fellowship is continued across the miles both from the missionary to the church and from the cross-section of the church to the missionary.
Intern/Short-Term Missionary – A brother or sister who is serving full time for a term longer than 3 months and less than a year.
Long-Term Service -- Missionary service in the field for a term of more than two years.
Mission – The entity in which a missionary is serving (i.e., CVE, Hospital Lumiere, MEBSH Construction, etc.).
HarvestCall Missionary – A brother or sister who has been sent from an Apostolic Christian Church to proclaim Christ and serve others across geographical and cultural boundaries at a HarvestCall mission.
Missionary Team – A group of missionaries in a common geographic location.
Physical Support – Support provided to the missionary for his or her physical needs. While primarily financial, physical support can also include unique needs that are outside of the responsibility of the Servant Fund or the Mission, such as the finances for a special trip or a special tool.
Regional Committee – The committee responsible for a particular geographical region and the all ministry in that region.
Volunteer/Seasonal Service – A volunteer role of less than three months, generally supporting ongoing missionary operations.
Servant Fund Oversight Committee -- A committee of brothers assembled to provide purposeful administration to the Servant Fund involving representation from the board, management team, and regional committee leadership.
Spiritual Support – The support and accountability provided to the missionary for his/her spiritual health. Spiritual support includes encouragement and resources for the missionary to assist with his/her growth and also ensures maintenance of spiritual health.
Mission Manager – The appointed person responsible to work as a liaison on behalf of the responsible committee in the effective management of the mission.
Outreach Manager – HarvestCall staff role responsible for the management of the Missionary Process and personnel-related issues.
Mentor – A brother or sister in Christ who provides primary spiritual accountability to the missionary through the roles of listening, coaching, and counseling.
Advocate - A brother, sister, or couple from the missionary’s sending church responsible for encouraging ongoing fellowship between the missionary and the church. This role provides direct accountability to the church to be in fellowship with the missionary and to the missionary to be in fellowship with the church.
Support Team – The coordinated effort of the Mentor and/or Advocate, Mission Manager and Outreach Manager.
Term – The intended time of service between furloughs. HarvestCall terms are typically one year.