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The Antioch Partners Summary

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.
 

Key Aspects of The Antioch Partner's Model
 

Participation in Discernment Process

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.
 

First Who, Then What*

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.
 

Placement Priorities

TAP’s two main placement priorities are working among unreached/least-reached people groups, and capacity-building with global partners.
 

Partner Support Teams

TAP Partners develop their own support teams (this includes raising financial support and recruiting prayer partners) with assistance from TAP staff.
 

Organizational Structure

We are committed to a flat, lean, flexible organizational structure where we collaborate, outsource and synergize so as to more effectively use Kingdom resources.
 

Member Care

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.

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Mission and Vision


Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision


Mission and Vision

 

Our Mission

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.

 

 

Our Vision

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.

 

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Core Values


Core Values

Core Values


Core Values

GOD ALREADY AT WORK

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.
 

 

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

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.
 

 

UNREACHED PEOPLES

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

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.
 

 

KINGDOM OF GOD

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.
 

 

PARTNERSHIP

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).
 

 

CHURCH

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.
 

 

INCARNATIONAL WITNESS

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.
 

 

STEWARDSHIP

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.
 

 

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

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.
 

 
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Theological Affirmations


Theological Affirmations

Theological Affirmations


Theological Affirmations

God is at work around the world in amazing ways!

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.

Along with believers from the early days of Christianity until now, we believe in the triune God and affirm the faith confessed in the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.

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.

  • We affirm the Holy Spirit is at work in the world and in the church, distributing gifts as the Spirit wills for the building up of the body for God's mission.
  • We believe God calls both women and men and equips both with gifts for leadership in the body of Christ.
  • We affirm the biblical standard for personal discipleship and ordination that calls all persons to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or in chastity in singleness.
  • We believe that all Jesus' followers are called to bear witness to him in their communities and in the world.
  • We believe that God’s creation of diverse cultures around the world reflects his glory and grace and that each culture is able to receive the gospel, be shaped by the gospel, and express the gospel in ways that are authentic to its unique cultural context.
 
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21
 
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Is TAP for Me?


Is TAP for me?

Is TAP for Me?


Is TAP for me?

We’re looking for people...

...who love Jesus, love people, and are passionate about God’s mission in the world.

...who have a dynamic personal faith in Christ, and who are living out their faith in community with others.

...who have a sense of call to cross-cultural ministry, and this call has been confirmed and affirmed by their faith community.

...who are committed to helping others know Jesus, and helping them follow him in every aspect of their lives.

 

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 are this kind of person, or desire to become this kind of person, we would love to talk with you about how God might be leading you to serve him in the world through The Antioch Partners.

If you want to begin this conversation, please contact the Personnel Coordinator at personnel@theantiochpartners.org or 713-490-9571.

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Context


Context

Context


Context

The dynamic growth of the global church is taking place in Africa, Latin America and Asia, not in the West.  Related to this,

Leadership in mission is shifting to the majority world church. 


This has many implications for us as we participate in God’s mission:

  • Partnership is essential in all our mission involvements, and we will strive for interdependence with our global partners.
  • We must be prepared to serve in an environment characterized by sending from multiple centers of influence throughout the world (“from everywhere to everyone”).
  • We need to prepare those sent out through TAP to serve effectively in cross-cultural teams.
  • We need to approach mission service as learners and servants.
  • We desperately need renewal within our Presbyterian churches here in the US.  We believe participation in God’s mission in partnership with our brothers and sisters from the majority world is an important means whereby we can experience renewal.
  • As Christians from North America, we must understand the dynamics and challenges related to Western missionary affluence.
  • We value and affirm our roots within the Presbyterian church.  We have learned important lessons from our mission history, lessons which we don’t want to lose sight of, or unnecessarily repeat.  At the same time, as we move out to participate in God’s mission, our primary identity is as followers of Jesus, citizens of God’s Kingdom.
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FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

How did The Antioch Partners come to be?

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.

 

Why did Frontier Fellowship and The Outreach Foundation decide to take this step?

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.

 

How does TAP relate with and serve local churches in the US?

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.

 

Do you have to be a Presbyterian to serve through TAP?

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.  

 

Which Presbyterian denominations does TAP serve?  

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). 

 

Where are missionaries serving through TAP?

Missionaries are serving in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as in the U.S. among not-yet Christian immigrant communities.

 

How does TAP decide where missionaries will go?

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.

 

How are missionaries serving through TAP funded? 

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.

 

How can I help?

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.  

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Financial Information


Financial
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Financial Information


Financial
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The Antioch Partners (TAP) uses 5% of each contribution we receive 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.

 

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Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bob Bradley

Bob is a member at Hope Church in Richfield, MN where he has served in many leadership roles. His business experience includes auditing, compliance and risk management, and he has benefitted from significant cross-cultural experiences in both business and education.

 

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

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.

 

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Rev. Jen Haddox

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).

 

Richard Haney

Rev. Dr. Richard Haney

Richard is the Executive Director of Frontier Fellowship.

 

Caren Jones

Caren Jones

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.

 

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Walter Lewis

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 Moore

D’Ann Moore

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.

 

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Craig Rahenkamp

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 Roth

Rev. Dr. Greg Roth

Greg is the Senior Pastor of Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont, CA, and he is also the Frontier Fellowship Board Chair.

 

Rob Weingartner

Rev. Dr. Robert Weingartner

Rob is the Executive Director of The Outreach Foundation.

 

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Rev. Bill Young

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.