Waterloo Baptist Church Guidelines For Missions
the current time, Waterloo Baptist Church (WBC) is
considering support only for those missionaries who are
involved in church planting ministries and who will live on
the field permanently.
believes in and practices Faith Promise Missions. It is our
desire to personally carry out the Great Commission along
with giving to help others go where we may not be able to
go. We believe that Jesus Christ died for every person and
that He will save anyone who comes to Him for salvation.
objective in giving to missions is to spread the Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ to every nation.
General Guidelines For Support
WBC is an
Independent Baptist Church and supports only Independent
Baptist missionaries. This is not intended to discredit any
other missionaries on the field but to express our support
for those who believe the Bible as we do.
as its main thrust, the objective of planting churches to
preach the Gospel. We will support missionaries who are
going to the field to carry out this objective. For those
going to a foreign field we believe churches should be
planted and, eventually, a national pastor should be
called. We will not consider support for an American who
desires to go on the foreign field and pastor the same
church permanently. We believe when the church is
established and a national pastor can be called then the
missionary should move to a new area and establish a new
work. A separate section addresses those who are planting
churches in the USA.
support national pastors on the foreign field as the Lord
leads and provides. Support will cease when the church
becomes self-supporting. Support may also cease if it is
obvious the work is not sustainable.
WBC is a
fundamental church. We realize that Independent Baptists
express a wide variety of preferences. We desire to stand on
convictions that are Bible-based and not the preferences of
man. We believe the Holy Spirit leads us as individuals and
directs us in the way we should go. Our desire is not to
hold others to our preferences but we expect our
missionaries to be true to the doctrines that God makes
plain in His Word. We believe that all Christians should be
modest and Christ-like in their appearance and attitude. We
believe God’s Word should be given in love, without
compromise, and without a mean spirit.
not consider for support evangelists or musicians. We
certainly believe in both but the purpose of our giving is
to help missionaries who are going to a particular field of
service to live there.
for a missionary going to a foreign field will typically
begin 6 months prior to the date of departure. In the event
the missionary does not go on his specified date of moving,
support will cease unless there is a legitimate reason for
the delay. Missionaries who switch positions for which they
are being supported may also lose support.
missionaries supported by WBC should send a quarterly
newsletter informing the church on the work. Missionaries
may send newsletters more frequently but we desire a letter
at least every 3 months. WBC will not support those who do
not keep us informed regarding the work.
supports the planting of Independent Baptist churches in
areas where there is no strong influence of Independent
Baptists. Our emphasis will be placed on regions of the USA
where there is no significant concentration of Independent
support for USA church planters will typically begin 3
months prior to the missionary moving to the field of
service. In the event the missionary does not go on his
specified date of moving, support will cease unless there is
a legitimate reason for the delay.
initial commitment for church plants in the USA will be for
12 months. At the end of 12 months we will evaluate
the work, with the pastor, to see if a strong foundation is
present. If the work is progressing and the need is present,
we will consider extending support for an additional 6 to
12 months. The maximum length of support will be for
24 months unless unusual circumstances are present. We
do believe pastors should consider being bi-vocational if
support is needed beyond 12 months. If the pastor does not
see this as an option, support will end.
believes the Bible is the perfect Word of God. In our
preaching and teaching we use only the King James Version.
For those serving where English is the native language we
will support only those who use the KJV. We realize some
Christians may use other versions but we believe the KJV to
be both accurate and reliable. We believe those serving on a
foreign field should use a reliable translation, if
available, in the language of the people.
believes Jesus died for everyone and that He will save those
who will call on His name. We do not believe that He
predestinates certain ones to go to Heaven and certain ones
to go to Hell. If you have any Calvinistic leanings please
do not seek support from WBC.
rejoice with you in your call to serve God on the mission
field. If you are in agreement with our guidelines, for
those we will support, please fill out the Missionary
Information Form and mail it to the address given on the
form. After we receive the form will we contact you as the
Missions Support Application click here.