In keeping with the vision of the Session, the Missions Committee has pursued a policy of "going deep" with missionaries supported by APC. The Missions Committee has the responsibility for recommending to the Session applicants who are seeking to partner with APC.
The Missions Committee seeks to have consistent communication between the APC community and the missionaries supported by APC as evidence of our caring concern for them and their ministry. Seeking a deeper understanding of the needs of the missionaries, we have developed a system of having a designated “Liaison” for each missionary. Each Missions Committee member and other APC members serve this role.
Members of APC who have a passion for serving those in the field are invited to be a liaison with one or more missionaries the church supports. Covenant Fellowship Groups may also choose to represent one of these dedicated servants of the Lord. What would be expected of you? First and foremost, you would represent APC to the missionary and the missionary to APC. You would communicate regularly and be able to share with specificity both prayer concerns and financial needs. You would commit to pray for the missionary regularly and ensure that the committee is aware of specific prayer needs before each Missions Committee meeting. When the missionary visits APC, you would facilitate interaction with the congregation, coordinate arrangements for him/her to speak to the congregation, meet members of the church, and connect with the committee. You would help ensure accuracy in the written descriptions of the missionaries’ work.
You are encouraged to give prayerful consideration to entering into a relationship with one of APC's supported missionaries (profiles are highlighted in this website's Member Area). It is sure to be a rewarding experience for you. If you have any questions, please contact Missions Committee chair Leslie Barefoot:
Steve Porter, Ruling Elder, Missions
Leslie Barefoot (Chair) — Susan Brockhaus — Cindy Cai — Katie Coombs — Michael McKnightEleanor Nagy — Cliff Palmer — Andrew Schad — Dorothy Douglas Taft
Fostering a missions focus among APC members, the following web sites have a breadth of information about what the life of a missionary entails, recommended reading and possibilities for missions work:
Members of the APC community are encouraged to prayerfully consider the possibility of devoting a week or more of their time, skills and resources to work alongside the missionaries supported by our church. A number of the missionaries would welcome the opportunity to utilize your gifts as they minister to their communities.
APC families have joined together to experience missions in Africa and Central Asia. APCers have participated in medical missions in SE Asia, construction labor and youth outreach in Newark and Costa Rica, leadership training and youth outreach in Paraguay, as well as post-natural disaster, humanitarian relief teams.
The Missions Committee welcomes the opportunity to hear about how the Lord is leading you toward this act of service and obedience. Consider the possibility of gathering a team to join in this endeavor. A modest level of financial assistance is available for APC members seeking to participate in such valuable and life-changing opportunities. The application form is available online in the APC Member Area.