Candidate For WBFM
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A. The male candidate must be a United States citizen or legal resident and must be fluent in the English language.
B. Spiritual Condition
The work of missions requires Spirit-filled workers with spiritual weapons. These requirements are paramount and can be briefly stated as follows:
- A born-again child of God (John 3:5). A genuinely converted person of clean
wholesome spiritual life, witnessing to the lost at every opportunity and having a sincere love for souls. 2. A Baptist by conviction, holding membership in a World Baptist Fellowship church or an approved Baptist church and being familiar with both Baptist polity and policies and Baptist history and distinctives.
C. Physical Condition
1. The candidate must meet missionary health requirements and give satisfactory evidence of mental aptitude and social compatibility. The candidate must have a complete physical examination before approval.
2. No specific age requirements are set forth. Each individual case is considered in the light of circumstances, education, previous experience, and technical skills. Therefore, each candidate will be considered on his or her own merits.
1. A qualified candidate must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. He must have a diploma from some acceptable Bible school, institute, college, or seminary. Five years of full time Christian service may be accepted in lieu of educational requirements.
Note: After examination of a missionary candidate by the Mission Committee - should they feel it necessary - it shall remain the prerogative of the Mission Committee to require an applicant who is not a graduate of the Arlington Baptist College, Arlington. Texas, to attend at least one year at the College.
- The wife of a qualified candidate must have completed a course of study at the
Arlington Baptist College or some other acceptable Bible school. She should contact the Mission Office to obtain the schedule for this special course of study if she does not plan to take the regular four-year course of study along with her husband. A missionary's wife is expected to learn the language and have an active part in the ministry of her husband, remembering, however, that her first responsibility is to her home and family. This does not mean that the Mission looks down on the importance of women in the work, but rather requires that the missionary wife be capable of working with women, young people, and children.
A male candidate must have a clear conviction about the call of God to the mission field to preach the Gospel; however, realizing that there are other areas of service supportive of missionary work, other such supportive services will be considered.
1. Both single and married applicants will be given consideration. In the case of married couples, each must complete the application process, and both will be considered as candidates upon acceptance.
2. Unmarried candidates who are engaged must clearly declare this fact and will be accepted only after both parties have been considered and approved. Unmarried candidates who are not engaged should give prayerful consideration to any contemplated move toward engagement and shall do so only after consultation with the Mission Director.
Applications of engaged couples will be handled together as in the case of married couples.
- All marriages proposed to be contracted by missionaries on the field are subject to the
approval of the sending church and the Mission Committee.
Due to the many difficulties involved, adoption of national children is not recommended. Any adoption of national children must be in compliance with the following guidelines:
1. Each case will be handled by the Mission Committee on an individual basis.
2. The missionary couple must be unable to have children naturally.
3. The missionary couple must have completed at least one term of service on the field.
4. The adopted child must be under the age of three. Adoption of a newborn is recommended.
5. The missionary couple must have sufficient personal support for all legal fees. They may not solicit funds from supporting churches to pay for the adoption.
6. The adoption must be completely legal and in accordance with U. S. and national laws.
7. Approval by the missionaries’ pastor and World Baptist Fellowship Mission Committee must be granted before adoption procedures begin.
Because of possible complications and the testimony on the field, no missionary or missionary couple shall be approved for missionary service if either husband or wife has been previously married or divorced.
Should serious marital difficulties arise between husband and wife, the Mission will make every possible effort to assist them in restoring proper relationships. However, if reconciliation is not reached, the couple will be asked to leave the Mission.
I. Single Female Applicants
The World Baptist Fellowship Mission Agency encourages single female applicants and they, upon approval, will be sent as a missionary or missionary assistant to work with another missionary or national pastor.
J. Missionary Intern Program
True education is a combination of schooling and experience. If the missionary is to cope with the many adjustments that he will face on the mission field. He should have some practical experience in the pastorate or in working with an experienced pastor or missionary, as explained in the Intern Manual.
The Missionary Intern Program is set up to help the missionary intern get this necessary experience. The genius of intern training is that the intern has a church-centered ministry experience with the pastor. Keeping in mind the primary aim is to build into a missionary candidate, through experimental training, many useful tools and ideas that will help him cope with future situations, which may be encountered some day on the mission field. He needs to discover any deficiencies he may have in time to correct them so that he can be a sharp, useful tool in the Master's hand. The Candidate Missionary may get the required experimental training by:
1. Pastoring a church for at least one year, or
2. Working with a pastor or missionary for at least one year.
Note: If a missionary candidate has had pastoral experience or has a working relationship with a pastor or missionary, he may be exempt from the Intern Program requirements. In every case, the Mission Committee will determine whether or not the candidate has met the requirements of the Intern Program. If a missionary candidate has had pastoral experience or has a working relationship with a pastor or missionary, he may be exempt from the Intern Program requirements. In every case, the Mission Committee will determine whether or not the candidate has met the requirements of the Intern Program.