Best Practices: Role in Society

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  • “Must” is used to describe practices required by state or federal law.
  • “Should” is used to describe highly recommended practices.
  • “Constituents” describes people with a stake in the success of the mission, and may include members, neighbors, clients, board, staff, volunteers, and contributors.

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Role in Society

Gospel rescue missions provide unique opportunities for individuals to combine their energy, talents, resources and values for positive life change and community improvement. They are obligated to understand their role as entities that represent Christ, while engaging and inspiring individuals and communities for public benefit. In this role, missions must conduct their activities with transparency, integrity, and accountability.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
 
  1. Role Recognition
    1. Gospel rescue missions should recognize that their role in society differs from that of government and business. Missions have a special ability to organize the energy and ideas of a community to achieve together what individuals cannot achieve alone. By tapping into the faith, values, interests, resources, and relationships of individuals, missions can mobilize their supporters and the larger community to realize their God-given vision. Unlike government entities, missions can focus on very local needs and need not wait for community-wide consensus to begin their work. Missions emerge from expressed community needs and a God-given passion and are not restricted to the marketplace priorities and constraints that define success in the for-profit sector or the political objectives that government agencies are subject to.
    2. Missions should provide opportunities for individuals to engage in volunteerism. They should communicate that volunteering allows individuals to connect with their communities, participate in activities that are larger than themselves, make their communities better places, build or strengthen skills, and expand their networks.
    3. Missions should encourage the development of emerging leaders and provide opportunities within the organization and outside the organization for individuals to sharpen and strengthen leadership skills.
    4. Missions should work to build trust within their communities and to bridge relationships among diverse constituencies.
  2. Advancing the Work of the Church
    1. Gospel rescue missions should recognize and communicate their role in advancing the work of the Church in caring for the poor and powerless.
    2. Missions should seek partnerships with like-minded churches with the goals of educating, engaging, and assisting fellow believers in following Christ’s mandate to care for “the least of these.”
  3. Gospel-Centered Ministry
    1. While temporarily meeting people’s basic needs for food, clothing, and/or shelter, gospel rescue missions should keep it a priority to encourage people to begin or deepen their relationship with Jesus, Who offers transformation and hope.
    2. Missions should offer aid to clients and guests without condition of a relationship with Christ, but instead wrap all assistance in Christ’s love, compassion, and grace.
  4. Public Accountability
    1. Gospel rescue missions must be able to publicly account for their finances, governance, disclosure practices, and programs.
    2. Missions should remain open to new ideas as well as external input, always conducting their activities in ways that are transparent, flexible, and responsive to change.

Resources for Role in Society

Chaplain job description 1  Manager of Church and Community Relations job description  |  Director of Communications and Outreach job description  |  Annual report 1  |  Annual report 2