Benefits of MSC
There are many people committing to serve in positions and ministries that may fit the parameters of Mission Service Corps (MSC). They may have been doing the ministry for some time. There are others who can easily find their own ministry position without going through any official channels or formal process. Why should they join Mission Service Corps now? The following reasons seek to answer these questions.
1. Prayer support is available for assigned MSC missionaries.
2. MSC is an "active" mission strategy.
3. Special training is available through the MSC. MSC Basic Training prepares the missionary to serve through personal development, spiritual maturity and professional knowledge of available resources. Participants in an orientation become a support group and relationships are developed that will last a lifetime. Strength comes by knowing that others share in their "call." Contacts with professional staff people of NAMB provide an additional basis of support and assistance. It also expands the participants' vision of what is being done and what they can do.
4. MSC missionaries have been endorsed by their local church and assigned by NAMB. This gives them the credibility necessary to perform their ministry.
5. The North American Mission Board has included in their published missionary count MSC missionaries who have served at least two years and are into their third year of service. MSC who meet this criteria are called MSC North American Missionaries and may have opportunities to speak at On Mission Celebrations and other mission events and conferences.
6. Although the same resources are available to every Southern Baptist, the MSC missionary knows more of what is available and how to obtain them. This pertains both to materials and people.
7. A structure for supervision is a part of the missionary system that provides the best possible opportunity for a good relationship between the MSC missionary and the supervisor. This structure includes:
This covenant provides a written basis for the relationship and for performance evaluations. This written agreement can prevent task-related misunderstandings. Covenants can be renegotiated at the request of supervisor or missionary.
9. Each local church is encouraged to have a commissioning service for newly assigned MSC missionaries. This service is very meaningful for the missionary, calls attention to the missionary's ministry (and possibly additional support, if desired), and increased involvement of the local church in missions. The Lord has called some people to be missionaries as a result of the commissioning service.
10. Being a MSC missionary encourages the person to tell many others about the opportunities to serve.
11. GuideStone has developed a special medical insurance policy for MSC missionaries. The individual or family becomes eligible to purchase this policy when assigned.
12. For those raising their own support there is also access to a self-funded retirement program through GuideStone.
You can find more information at: www.answerthecall.netMission Service CorpsNorth American Mission Board4200 North Point ParkwayAlpharetta, GA 30022(800) 462-8657 ext. 6473 or Contact Us by Email