How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14)
We need trained missionaries to carry out our home mission efforts in the near future.
- Vicars in mission congregations being supported by the Board for Home Outreach receive additional help and training in outreach and evangelism.
- Each of our congregations is encouraged to consider themselves a “mission congregation,” which speaks to the need that our pastors learn to work and plan like missionaries.
The average cost of a vicarage is $30,000 per year.
Overview of the Vicar in Mission Program
When we combine increased mission work with a missionary-in-training gaining valuable experience in mission settings it is a win-win situation! The mission congregation is blessed because they have another worker to make valuable contacts. The vicar is blessed by a rich experience in mission work as he prepares for a permanent call as a pastor.
Besides opportunities to preach, the vicar in mission gains vital experience as he, for example, makes calls on evangelism prospects, instructs new members, assists with Bible camps/VBS, conducts Bible classes, assists with door-to-door canvassing efforts, and uses technology in outreach. All these experiences help the vicar prepare to assume the full duties and responsibilities as a pastor when he graduates from seminary. The vicar is also introduced to the day-to-day work of a mission congregation under the tutelage of an experienced missionary.
With your support, we can continue training future pastors in mission settings during their vicar year.