Policy Statement Regarding Relationships and Support Personnel of other Countries


Executive Committee
6-7 December 1968

In order to encourage the missionary outreach of related churches in other part of the world, and to further the internationalization of personnel, the Commission VOTED to establish the following policy guidelines:

1. To encourage regional and ecumenical bodies to expand channels for negotiation and support of new missionary and inter-church service relationships.

2. To encourage direct negotiation between potential sending and receiving churches on proposed missionary appointments and inter-church service relationships. Such matters as length of term, salary, allowances, housing, furloughs, travel, transportation where required, recruiting, selection, administrative supervision, and other arrangements should be determined by those directly involved in the interchange of personnel and the Commission should not become involved in these matters.

3. To make grants, as opportunities present themselves and budgets permits, for the support of personnel interchange arrangements, encouraging sending and receiving churches combined to provide at least 25% of total support costs.

4. Grants may be made through on e of the following alternative patterns:

A. To sending churches for partial support of particular missionaries,

B. To sending churches for a proportionate share of their total overseas missionary budget,

C. To a regional council or the ecumenical body for participation in ecumenical systems of
missionary    support (
e.g., E.A.C.C. Asian Missionaries Support Fund),

D. To receiving churches or institutions for a share in the cost of their employment of overseas

5. Grants will be made only for fixed periods of time and for agreed upon amounts (or percentage) with the understanding that all responsibilities (including provision for emergencies or unforeseen eventualities) will be the responsibility of sending and/or receiving churches or institutions, as agreed upon in advance.

6. Appointment, or administrative supervision by the Commission of citizens of other countries will be considered an exception to these policies, except as career relationships which exist with personnel as of December 31, 1968 may imply a moral commitment to consider reappointment at appropriate times as provided by the new policy on the Development and Deployment of Personnel (C.A. #672-1318). When unusual circumstances require service in our missionary force of someone of another nationality, this will be accomplished by means of secondment by his church.

7. As long as citizens of other countries as our missionaries, to provide for them pension coverage within their own nation or church, and where this is not possible, to provide coverage through the Annuity Builder Plan, rather than the United Presbyterian Pension Plan.