Church Mission Leaders Overview:
Missio Nexus seeks to walk alongside Church Mission Leaders (CMLs). Our desire is to assist them in an adjustment to a new role, a new team, perhaps a new church or for those needing a fresh perspective as they serve their local church. Leaders will be engaged both one-on-one by our Missio Nexus staff and will also have the opportunity to interact as a group with other CMLs.””
Endorsements from previous OnBoard participants:
“My role as a missions pastor in a large church is fluid and changing. The OnBoard program gave me an opportunity to get some outside perspective to help me better evaluate and direct where I’m going in my position with more confidence and a sense of my abilities and role. Well worth being a part of!” – Jim Pendleton – First Evangelical Church, Memphis, TN
“The OnBoard program surpassed my expectations. The opportunity to ask questions of those more experienced, to compare ministries with other like-minded churches, and to fellowship with others charged with leading Missions programs at a diversity of churches, has been very rewarding! The blessing is worth the time and effort!” – Mark Byrom – Appleton Alliance, Appleton, WI
- Create a smooth transition from the previous leader
- Encourage CMLs to be Spirit-led learners, team builders, and consensus builders
- Assist CMLs with time management and spiritual development
- Help CMLs work together in a cohort to learn, ideate, and innovate
- Assist CMLs in building strong relationships with their church staff, congregation, partners, and missionaries
The Onboard program will launch each year with a new class of CMLs at the annual Missio Nexus Mission Leaders Conference. Participants will be expected to attend the fall conference during which time will be carved out of the schedule for the group to interact with Missio Nexus staff and with each other. Following the conference, the CMLs will have the opportunity to interact via phone, email, and through an online virtual cohort group with each other and the Missio Nexus team. About half-way through the year, a Missio Nexus staff member will visit the CML at their church for a one-day deep dive. The nine-month program will conclude after a Missio Nexus CML retreat where CMLs will have the opportunity to interact with a wider group of many different churches. The retreat concludes their Onboard program.
Potential Topics for Interaction and Advising
- Change Dynamics and Management
- Financial Budgets and Support Structures
- Staff Leadership
- Time Management
- Balancing Local and Global Missions
- Leadership Development
- Spiritual Maturity and Development
- Global Travel
- Security Management and Mitigation
- Building Volunteer Teams
- Partnering with Mission Organizations
- Western Missions and International Missions
- Building a Missions Strategy
- Six openings each year for new OnBoard participants
- The program runs September–June
- Begin the program at the Mission Leaders Conference in September and attend the CML peer-to-peer closing retreat in June
- Missio Nexus staff on-site visit with the CML half-way through the program (Jan.–March)
- $1,200.00 Program Fee
- Mission Leaders Conference (see website for details)
- CML retreat (see website for details)
- Expenses for the one-day visit by the Missio Nexus Staff (travel, hotel, meals)
From Michael VanHuis, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives – Missio Nexus
Leading a churches mission program is multi-faceted and unique to each local church environment. Whether you are the Missions Pastor or Missions Director, whether you are full-time staff, part-time staff, or a volunteer – you are the point person to lead your church’s mission efforts. There are many decisions and missiological issues you face as you guide your church’s mission engagement.
For a new Church Missions Leader, the initial days and months can be daunting as you filter through all that has taken place, assess the immediate priorities, and set a direction that the Senior Pastor, Elders, and congregation can embrace. There are solutions and helpful processes to follow that will allow you to understand the past, adjust for what is happening in the present, and fortify a plan for what needs to change in the future. We desire to walk with you through this as you lead your church in the modern age of missions to be active in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
About the Missio Nexus staff leading CML OnBoard: Michael VanHuis
Michael has served for over twenty years in the missions world. He and his wife Laura began as field missionaries in Ghana, West Africa and then served in multiple other roles within Pioneers on their International Leadership Team and on the U.S. office leadership staff. Michael also served as the Executive Director of Service/Missions Pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida. In serving this 12,000-person church, he oversaw all local and global ministry with over 60 supported missionaries, 18 global church partnerships, short-term teams, and ministry to the local community. Michael led the rebuilding and modernization of the mission programs at Northland and laid a foundation for congregation led efforts which are leading to churches and ministries multiplying globally.
Michael has his Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. He and his wife Laura and their five children live in Aurora, IL where he is based as he serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Missio Nexus.