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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is U.S. Missions?
  • How is U.S. Missions different from World Missions?
  • How can I promote U.S. Missions in my own church?
  • Can I get involved with U.S. Missions?
  • Can I make a financial contribution to U.S. Missions?
  • What are the advantages of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions Appointment?
  • What should I do when God calls me to U.S. Missions work?

  • What is U.S. Missions?

    Assemblies of God U.S. Missions is a facilitating agency working to fulfill the Great Commission with special geographic emphasis on the United States and its population centers, subcultures, ethnic groups, and institutions. Our seven windows include:


    How is U.S. Missions different from World Missions?

    U.S. Missions focuses on the United States and its territories while World Missions reaches nations throughout the rest of the world. U.S. Missions reaches diverse cultural groups and people groups that live within America, including Native Americans, Asians, Gypsies, people with life-controlling problems, soldiers, bikers, and college and university students. For a detailed breakdown of our missionaries and chaplains, download our statistics card.

    Faces in the Field - U.S. Missions Statistics 2013 (PDF)

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    How can I promote U.S. Missions in my own church?

    • PRAY: It is a scriptural command: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
    • EDUCATE: It’s important to know who our U.S. missionaries are and whom they are trying to reach with the gospel. The more you get to know them and share that knowledge with others, the more you will find you and your church sharing the burden for U.S. Missions. Prayer guides and convention materials are available through our Web site to help share the vision of U.S. Missions.
    • GIVE: God has mandated that we support those who labor among us. Your missionaries are reaching souls for the Kingdom. Support them financially so that the ministry will grow. Giving to U.S. Missions is investing in souls and in America.
    • VOLUNTEER: Serve as a Missionary Associate under U.S. MAPS.

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    Can I get involved with U.S. Missions?

    You can get involved by volunteering to help U.S. missionaries in your area, helping your church hold an annual missions convention highlighting U.S. Missions, or donating to the ministry.

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    Can I make a financial contribution to U.S. Missions?

    Yes. You can make a one-time contribution to a U.S. missionary online or by mail. You can also authorize an automatic monthly credit card contribution.

    You can also give through your church. Label your giving envelope "U.S. Missions" and designate a specific missionary. The offering, with your church name on it, should be mailed to:
             Assemblies of God U.S. Missions
             1445 N. Boonville Avenue
             Springfield, MO 65802-1894
    This method ensures that your church will receive giving credit for your offering.

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    What are the advantages of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions appointment?

    Seeking national appointment could help you on your way to fulfilling God's missionary call on your life. We believe in a worldview of missions. Whether you are ministering at home or abroad, you are serving the Lord in His harvest field.

    Below are the advantages to becoming a nationally appointed U.S. missionary. Assemblies of God U.S. Missions has a system in place that will help in many ways.

    Visibility

    National appointment gives missionaries national visibility within the Assemblies of God publications such as the Pentecostal Evangel.

    Credibility & Identification

    Being a member of a national ministry enhances the missionary's credibility. It tells the supporting church that the appointed missionary is abiding by a system of checks and balances. The missionary is accountable to a trusted national organization.

    When itinerating for monthly support, you will find it an advantage to be associated with the national U.S. Missions office. When requesting a church service, one of the first questions pastors ask relates to affiliation and endorsement. The degree of acceptability increases when you tell them you come under the oversight of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions.

    Promotion Help

    Tools for ministry promotion, like press releases, promo photos, free literature for distribution to churches and supporters, faith promise forms, and other promotional items are available through U.S. Missions.

    Networking

    The U.S. Missions team encompasses seven windows and several subgroups. The departments are Chaplaincy Ministries, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A., Missionary Church Planters and Developers, Intercultural Ministries, Teen Challenge International, U.S.A., U.S. MAPS, and Youth Alive. You will find networking with national office personnel and other U.S. missionaries to be helpful.

    The Department Director

    There is an advantage to having a department head available to serve you when difficult questions come up. It is encouraging to call one who has walked the same road, carries a similar burden, and has the national vision in mind. This individual is a good person to know when you need advice, encouragement, and prayer.

    Facilitation

    The goal of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions is one of facilitation and support. We train people to plant churches, evangelize university campuses, minister on military bases, reach ethnics, and free those with life-controlling problems.

    U.S. Missions exists to perpetuate national ministry defined in the mission statement of its departments and to facilitate the frontline men and women called to specific ministries.

    If you are interested in looking further into national missionary appointment by Assemblies of God U.S. Missions, please request a copy of Transitions, our ministry catalog designed to equip you with valuable information about becoming a U.S. missionary. You may also wish to speak with the appropriate department director.

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    What should I do when God calls me to U.S. Missions work?

    If you sense the Holy Spirit drawing your attention to needy areas in America, how should you proceed?*

    • Contact the appropriate department within U.S. Missions. You will be asked questions about your background, ministry experience, educational experience, training, credential status, and God's call on your life.

    • Meet with your district superintendent or his designee to explain your calling in regards to national appointment to U.S. Missions. The district must state in writing to the appropriate U.S. Missions department director that you may begin the application process. You will then receive an application packet (note deadlines for returning applications).

    • After the U.S. Missions department director has approved the application, the administration office will pursue a credit report, criminal background check, district endorsement, and references. You will then receive psychological forms to complete.

    • At prescreening, a determination will be made by the U.S. Missions Executive Committee whether to continue the application process. If the determination is favorable, you will be invited to Candidate Orientation week for training and a final interview. If approved, you will then be commissioned as a nationally appointed U.S. missionary.

    • In most cases, ordination is required for national appointment as a U.S. missionary. An exception can be made for those who lack ministerial experience and ordination through the Missionary-in-Training (MIT) program. In this program, you will work for a minimum of two years under a veteran minister, with the option of gaining full missionary status after ordination.

    • After receiving official approval from the U.S. Missions Executive Committee, you will focus full time on itineration and be considered a candidate until your full monthly budget is raised. At that time, your status will change to Appointed General.

    *The above steps are an overview of the process of receiving U.S. missionary appointment. The actual procedure is more detailed than is listed above.

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