Is it necessary to have a missions agency?

Can’t churches decide to support a family and take care of missions in this way? Or can’t churches decide to plant a satellite church without someone else being involved? In the old days, a man would go down to the dock, arrange for passage to a far off land, get his family, collect a few belongings, and out they would go.

Just what does a missionary agency do that any church couldn’t do?

1. Provides someone specific to coordinate missions responsibilities among churches, as well as with the missionaries and the national church.

2. Provides an identifiable sending agency in order to meet the increasing requirements of governments at home and abroad.

3. Makes and implements policy from a service perspective.

4. Promotes the needs and objectives of the missionaries.

5. Provides a tax-exempt service for donors.

6. Becomes a liaison between missionaries, governments, and churches when special needs or problems arise.

7. Sets down a clear means of accountability both to and from the donors and the missionaries.

8. Keeps missions needs and opportunities before a wider group of both churches and people.

9. Supports specialized training and development of missionaries.

10. Works specifically with mission trends and specialized missions work, such as short-term service, medical service, youth teams, on site missionary training, and relief work.