The primary purpose of the Reformed Baptist Network is cooperation between like-minded churches for the cause of Missions and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that missions properly originates from, is overseen by, and is accountable to the local church. Local churches cooperate together through RBNet to further the work of missions. We believe the Great Commission is centered on evangelizing lost sinners and gathering them into biblically faithful, organized, growing and reproducing local churches across the globe. Biblical ecclesiology is essential to the work of missions. Therefore, we endeavor that all missions efforts in RBNet will be church-centered: originating from, overseen by, and accountable to local churches and focused on church planting and church strengthening, but also including evangelism and support ministries. All of those seeking support or service through RBNet must be recommended and sponsored by a member church.
Types of Missions Support
RBNet will cooperate with member churches to support both pastoral missionaries engaged directly in evangelism, church planting, or church strengthening, as well as those engaged in missionary support ministries. (RBNet gives a conscious priority to pastoral missionaries – men called by God to evangelism, preaching, and church planting.)
RBNet will support local church planters sent / sponsored by a member church.
RBNet Member Churches can request RBNet endorsement and support for short-term or long-term missions endeavors undertaken by the church.
RBNet will support foreign (non-U.S.) nationals pastoring or planting one indigenous church and seeking financial and spiritual support for a limited time for their ministry.
In the near future, RBNet hopes to be able to sponsor chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Missionaries from non-RBNet Churches can be sponsored to become Associate Missionaries in the Network.
Servicing or Endorsement?
The RBNet Office can provide financial servicing – receiving, distributing, and overseeing all financial needs – for missionaries on behalf of their sending local church. Alternatively, the sending local church can oversee those financial disbursements themselves, yet still have their missionary formally endorsed for support through RBNet. (Usually, the financial support of church planters engaged in home missions will be overseen by the local church.)
Process of Becoming an RBNet Serviced, Endorsed, or Associate Missionary/Church Planter
For a full description of the process, churches and candidates need to read the Missions Policy articulated in the RBNet Policy Manual, Section 3.7. If there are any questions, please contact the RBNet Coordinator.
The sending/sponsoring member church must complete and submit the “RBNet Missions – Church Application Form”. The candidate must complete, and submit the “RBNet Missions – Candidate Application Form”(available upon request). Those seeking Associate Missionary status must complete and submit the “RBNet Associate Missionary Application Form” (also available upon request).
When these applications are received, the Missions Committee will conduct an interview with the sponsoring church and the candidate, and make a written recommendation. Afterwards, the member church will make an application to the full churches of the Network for approval.