TAP is expanding long-term (two years or more), cross-cultural, incarnational ministry opportunities for Presbyterians. Our conviction is that every follower of Jesus is a missionary (a “sent one”), but for those called to long-term, cross-cultural engagement, special training and support structures are necessary, and this is what TAP provides. TAP works alongside local Presbyterian churches in the US to help people get from where they are now to where God is calling them to be, and then not just to survive, but to thrive, in their ministry callings. Specifically, TAP serves local churches in the assessment, training, sending and support of those called to long-term, cross-cultural engagement.
We are committed to participating in the discernment process with those sensing God’s call to cross-cultural ministry. We are eager to assist people as they walk through the discernment process, whether or not TAP turns out to be the best sending agency option for them.
We focus on appointing those who have a clear sense of call to long-term, cross-cultural engagement (and this call has been affirmed by their home church) and have the gifts and abilities to thrive in this arena. We then work with global partners to identify appropriate roles for these servants. * This phrase comes from Jim Collin’s book, Good to Great.
TAP’s two main placement priorities are working among unreached/least-reached people groups, and capacity-building with global partners.
TAP Partners develop their own support teams (this includes raising financial support and recruiting prayer partners) with assistance from TAP staff.
We are committed to a flat, lean, flexible organizational structure where we collaborate, outsource and synergize so as to more effectively use Kingdom resources.
We believe effective member care (missionary care) is essential, and this can only happen when Partner support teams, local ministry partners and TAP staff all work together to create communities of care for cross-cultural servants.
Mission and Vision
Mission and Vision
To send out followers of Jesus to participate in God’s mission in the world. We are committed to inviting people to follow Jesus, social justice and establishing worshipping communities among unreached and least-reached peoples throughout the world.
Presbyterians effectively equipped, sent out and supported as they participate in God’s mission in the world, and every Presbyterian congregation extensively, strategically, and radically involved in this process.
God has been, and continues to be, at work in the world and he calls us to join him. When we prayerfully consider the possibility of serving in a given context, our approach is to discern what God is doing, who he is working through, and how he might be calling us to participate in his work in partnership with the broader body of Christ.
Our passion in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is to see people become followers of Jesus living transformed lives in the power of the Holy Spirit. We want to see these disciples involved in outward-focused worshipping communities which are impacting the world. Our commitment includes strengthening and increasing the missional capacity of our partners.
We are deeply concerned about the un-reached and least-reached people groups of the world. These are the people groups where there is no indigenous church, or where the newly emerging church is not yet able to effectively engage its people group.
Prayer is fundamental in everything we do. As we participate in God’s mission in the world, our basic responsibility is to be people of prayer. We are committed to this as individuals, and as a fellowship of Christ’s servants.
The Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God; it is both “now” and “not yet.” Just as the Kingdom of God was a central focus for Jesus, so it is for us, and we understand our involvement in the world in the context of God’s Kingdom. This means we are committed to the wholeness of the Gospel: sharing the message of Jesus (words), social action (works), and demonstrations of the Spirit’s power (wonders). It also means we are committed to the growth of the church, as well as to working for social righteousness, because both of these are integrally related to the Kingdom of God.
As one expression of the body of Christ, we are committed to working in partnership with the global body of Christ. We believe God can do more through us working together than he can when we work independently. Our vision in this regard is healthy interdependence across the spectrum of our partnership relationships. Our passion for partnership includes “… all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ …” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
We believe the church is the primary agent of God’s mission in the world. In terms of churches in the US, we serve and partner with congregations as they send out their members. In terms of local churches where TAP Partners are serving, we are committed to partnership and we seek to empower, equip and support these churches as they fulfill their mission vision. Our goal is for our relationships with churches to be characterized by interdependence.
Just as Jesus incarnated the love of God and the reality of God’s Kingdom, we are called to do likewise. We believe the incarnation has immense implications for us as cross-cultural servants, including: relationships as our primary focus, the necessity of language and culture learning, the critical importance of bonding and acculturation, and the necessity of carefully considering the impact our lifestyle choices have on our witness.
God calls us to be wise stewards of all creation. As stewards, we are accountable to God for our use of his resources, and therefore we take accountability seriously in all aspects of our service. A vital aspect of stewardship related to our work is facilitating effective partnerships between missionaries and supporting congregations. Another vital aspect is developing and maintaining a core of long-term mission personnel who have acquired language and culture skills, effective cross-cultural skills, and missiological depth.
Our understanding and practice of leadership is based on the conviction that leaders are called to serve and empower. We approach decision-making in a participatory, consensus-based manner.
It is in the very character of God, the One who in love sent the Son into the world and poured out the Spirit upon the disciples, who is blessing all the peoples of the earth, that the church discovers its mission purpose.
We believe God has called us to create a new missionary-sending platform to connect congregations in vital ways to the proclamation of the kingdom among unreached peoples and the strengthening of the church for God's mission to the world. We are fulfilling this calling in a way that reflects the holistic, incarnational ministry of Jesus, who sends us even as he was sent. (John 20:21)
We believe that the Bible is our final authority for faith and practice.
As Presbyterians in the body of Christ, we stand within the historic Reformed faith as set forth in the confessions of the church. We believe with these confessions that Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, is the only Lord and Savior.
As part of the global Christian community, we affirm the Lausanne Covenant of 1974.
As participants in God's mission to the world, we affirm our willingness to share in mission "with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 1:2) We will seek to honor others in the body of Christ while affirming that each partner must discern the nature of their own service.
Is TAP for me?
Is TAP for me?
Missionaries serving through The Antioch Partners (TAP) are part of a fellowship of servants who are serious about being real: real with God, real with each other, and real with those whom they’re serving. We’re looking for people who are in touch with their own brokenness, who are experiencing Jesus’ healing, and who are committed to being “wounded healers” in the world through the power of the Spirit.
We’re trusting God to raise up servants who are living the conviction that prayer is fundamental, who are committed to incarnational, holistic ministry, and who are prepared to live simply for the sake of the gospel. We’re also looking for people who are committed to partnership, and who recognize we have as much to learn as we have to give. Missionaries sent out through TAP will take accountability seriously, and will be committed to developing and maintaining effective relationships with the local churches and individuals with whom they are in partnership.
If you want to begin this conversation, please contact the Personnel Coordinator at email@example.com or 713-490-9571.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
In 2006 Frontier Fellowship (formerly Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship) and The Outreach Foundation, two mission organizations that have been serving Presbyterian congregations for many years, established a strategic alliance for the purpose of creating a new missionary-sending structure. This strategic alliance was subsequently named The Antioch Partners (TAP) and became operational in 2007. Though TAP is now a separate 501(c)(3), TAP continues to work closely with both Frontier Fellowship and The Outreach Foundation.
In this rapidly changing world and in our rapidly changing Presbyterian context, the leadership of both Frontier Fellowship and The Outreach Foundation believed more was required to facilitate Presbyterians serving in global mission than could be done by any one national church structure – more leadership, more flexibility, and more creativity. Thus, TAP was launched to expand opportunities for Presbyterians (and others) in long-term, cross-cultural, incarnational mission service.
TAP partners with local churches in the recruiting, assessing, training, sending, and supporting of long-term mission personnel. As people are being discipled in local churches, learning about God’s global purpose in Christ and experiencing what it means to serve Jesus in the world, TAP comes alongside and helps send those who are being called by God to long-term, cross-cultural, incarnational ministry. As this call is confirmed and affirmed by their local churches, TAP provides expertise to help these servants get from where they are now, to where God is calling them to be.
No. There have always been TAP Partners who are not from Presbyterian churches and we welcome this. Furthermore, as we engage in the world, we engage first and foremost as followers of Jesus, as citizens of God’s kingdom, not as representatives of any denomination.
TAP works with many PCUSA congregations, is a mission partner of ECO (the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians), and an approved agency of the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church).
Missionaries are serving in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as in the U.S. among not-yet Christian immigrant communities.
Decisions about who should serve and where are made in consultation with global partners, the missionaries themselves, supporting/sending churches, and appropriate mission leaders. Two important priorities for TAP are working among unreached and least-reached peoples and strengthening the missional capacity of global partners. In terms of working among unreached and least-reached people groups, we are just as open to working among such people groups in North America and Europe as we are in the 10/40 Window.
Missionaries serving through TAP are responsible for developing their own support teams, including prayer and financial support. TAP is committed to assisting in this process, and TAP actively works with local churches who are interested in partnering with missionaries as a part of their witness in the world.
Most of all, we need people praying with us. Join us in holding the TAP Partners up in prayer, and ask God for wisdom and so strength so we, the TAP Support Team, can serve the Partners well. You can also join the support team of a specific TAP Partner. Some existing Partners need additional support, and there are new TAP Partners raising their support who would be blessed to have you join with them. If you are interested in supporting a Partner prayerfully and financially, contact us and we will help you do this. Finally, you can give to the operating budget of TAP (this is what enables us to serve the Partners). Contributions can be sent to The Antioch Partners and marked “TAP Operating Fund,” or visit the “Giving” section to see how to give online.
The Antioch Partners (TAP) uses 5% of each contribution for missionary support to help cover our operating expenses. Additional support for our operating expenses comes from contributions designated for our operating budget by churches, individuals and foundations committed to our ministry.
Our operating budget enables us to serve and support the missionaries (Partners) serving through TAP, as well as their sending churches. Our operating budget also enables us to walk through the discernment/assessment process with those considering long-term, cross-cultural ministry.
Compared to other mission organizations and non-profits, TAP’s administration and fundraising expenses are considerably below the national average. For more information please review our most recent audited financial statements and Form 990 available below, or contact our office at 713-490-9571.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Bob, the TAP Board Treasurer, is a CPA by background and has business experience in auditing, compliance, and risk management. He has been blessed by a number of cross-cultural experiences in business, education, and short-term missions. He is a member of Triangle Grace Church of Durham, NC.
After serving as missionaries in South Africa, Michelle and her husband moved to Houston, TX and Michelle completed an M.A. in counseling and is now working in private practice. She is a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston.
Jen is an ECO (Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) pastor serving as the Director of Global Engagement for ECO. Previously, she served with World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and she is a past board member of Frontier Fellowship (formerly Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship).
Caren is the TAP Board Vice-Chair. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville, GA where she provides leadership in missions and serves in various youth ministry roles.
Walter is an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS and his professional focus is commercial real estate. He has served in various leadership roles at Eastminster, as well as with other mission organizations.
D’Ann is the TAP Board Chair and an elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) in Dallas, TX. She has served in many leadership roles within the mission arena at HPPC.
Craig is an elder at First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO and has served in many leadership roles in the missions arena, as well as other areas. An engineer by training, his professional background includes project management and business transformation.
Greg is the Senior Pastor of Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont, CA. He served for many years on the Frontier Fellowship Board.
Bill is the TAP Board Secretary and Treasurer. Most recently, Bill was the Director of Global Engagement for ECO and prior to that he served as the Frontier Fellowship Executive Director.