Phase 2: Confirmation and Commissioning
The goal of the "Confirmation and Commissioning" phase is to confirm the Lord's calling of brethren to be sent and commission them for the roles in which they have the needed gifts and perspective. HarvestCall will work with the mission/church and the sending church to guide the candidate through the confirmation process.
The selection process should be carried out as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. Each component of the process should be managed in light of the candidate’s privacy and with respect to his/her seeking the Lord’s will and guidance. Each situation will also be looked at individually. While the principles and processes will generally be followed, circumstances may dictate variations. In any circumstance, the candidate should receive full disclosure of the steps in the process and developments as they occur.
Missionary Confirmation Process
The confirmation process consists of three primary phases that ultimately confirm the support of HarvestCall. It is important to note that the phases may not happen in the same order for each candidate.
1. Local Church Confirmation--The local church primarily confirms support through the local church Elder. Before the process is initiated, the candidate is required to counsel with the local church Elder. His support both verbally to the candidate and to HarvestCall through the process outlined on the following pages is required for the candidate to go through the process.
2. Apostolic Christian Church/HarvestCall Confirmation Process--The national church through HarvestCall confirms its support through the assessment portion of the process.This process utilizes a questionnaire and a formal review by HarvestCall. HarvestCall facilitates this portion of the process and confirms the support of the Apostolic Christian Church.
3. Mission Confirmation--The mission (ex. Regional Committee or local church) that the candidate is interested in serving has responsibility for the final confirmation. The mission should initiate a process wherein they can assess the candidate regarding his/her ministry and spiritual readiness and “fit” with the mission and role.
Candidates are asked to complete the Outreach Questionnaire. This serves two purposes: 1) assists in getting to know the prospective candidate and 2) provides a way to pass information through the various steps of the process.This questionnaire will look and feel like a traditional application, but it is not. The goal of this document is to give HarvestCall a glimpse at who the candidate is and what he/she believes.The questionnaire should be approached with honesty and transparency. The questionnaire should be used as an opportunity for the candidate to prayerfully think through various aspects that are important to establishing the Apostolic Christian Church’s support for his/her service.
Resource: Outreach Questionnaire
As a part of the process, HarvestCall conducts a review with the candidates across 11 dimensions. This review will be led by the Outreach Manager or a designee. The review will be conducted via discussions with the candidate, the candidate's elder, as well as other personnel with relevant connections.
The 11 interview dimensions include:
- Relationship with the Church - How a person interacts with the church and how these interactions affect his/her daily life.
- Call to Service - Having a Spirit-led motivation to service with an understanding of the service opportunity.
- Sound Doctrine and Bible Knowledge – Well established in one’s faith with a strong knowledge of the Gospel.
- Servant and Team Orientation – Having an understanding of the personalities on the team and interacting appropriately with one another with a servant heart.
- Conflict Resolution - How a person deals with conflict with others and how he/she handles self-will.
- Character Traits – One’s character is established by being filled with the Spirit of God.
- Relationship with Family - How a person relates to his/her family which affects how he/she relates to others.
- Burden for Lost or Struggling Souls - Having compassion for others and desire for all to know the Gospel.
- Leadership and Submission - How a person relates within authority and also to those he/she has authority over.
- Cross-Cultural Life Adjustment – Experience and skills to successfully live and build relationships with those from a different cultural background.
- Specialized Skills - God-given and learned skills and abilities enabling one to be productive and successful in a particular role.
The review is not intended to be a “job interview,” but instead is designed to be a series of discussions whereby the candidate can share the call of God and the work that God is doing in their lives. After the review process, the candidate will be notified of next steps.
The third portion of the review process is the mission/church interview/assessment. This review is with the mission/church where the prospective candidate is called to serve. This review will focus more on skills and fit with the mission and team. The timing of the interview will vary.
For those roles that have significant interaction with children, candidates will be asked to complete both Law Enforcement background checks as well as Child Protective Services checks. HarvestCall will cover the cost of the background checks and will make a formal request to the candidate to complete the needed checks.
Communication of Approval
Upon confirmation of the calling, the candidate should give prayerful and purposeful consideration to how this information will be shared with family members, church family, friends, employers, etc. While each situation is different, this information has the potential to be viewed positively or negatively. On the positive side, the calling provides a unique opportunity to serve and testify to the Lord’s work in the candidate’s life.There is also, however, the potential for hurt feelings due to separation and other sensitivities. Consideration should be given to ways to minimize these situations. When shared appropriately to brethren and the world, this communication can be God-honoring and edifying to the church.
- Children -- help them feel that they are an integral part of the process and have a voice.
- Church members and friends – discuss the common calling to share the Gospel and how God is now calling you to serve and share in a new place. Talk about the benefits of staying connected and receiving the church’s support.
- Unbelievers -- the candidate should share his/her testimony and how the purpose of this calling is to continue to share the Gospel with those in the mission field.