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Sending Teams

Sending Teams FAQ

As a church, it is our responsibility to care for and meet the needs of global workers we have sent out. In
order to do this well, Sending Teams were created to allow church members to be directly involved in
this role by connecting, praying, and ministering to Heritage’s sent workers.

What are Sending Teams?
A Sending Team is a group of people who are committed to connect with, pray for, and minister to Heritage Sent
Global Workers who are serving overseas.

Sending Teams:
● Maintain intentional communication with the worker so that they never feel that they are “out
of sight, out of mind.”
● Meet regularly to pray corporately for their global worker.
● Establish a prayer chain which will allow team members to pray for the worker as urgent
requests become known.
● Are the first line of hospitality for the worker when they are in the area, being available to help
in their re-entry of the area.
● Provide care support such as sending birthday, anniversary, and holiday cards, and care
packages.

How do I join a Sending Team?
Click on this link to visit our sign-up form. Once you have submitted your request to join a team, you will
be contacted by the Sending Team leader to confirm that you have been added to the Sending Team’s
roll. You will then receive emails about meeting schedules and prayer needs for the global worker.

How many Sending Teams is someone allowed to serve on at one time?
You may join as many teams as you are able to faithfully commit to serve on at one time.

Are Sending Team members required to give financially to their global worker?
Sending Teams are created specifically to meet the needs of the global workers, both spiritually and
emotionally, but not financially. Their financial needs are met appropriately by fiscal decisions of the
church leadership and by budget vote of the church congregation.

How often do Sending Teams meet?
Sending Teams usually meet four times a year, and some meet more often. To find out about a specific
team’s meeting schedule, check with the Sending Team leader (they can be contacted through the
Sending Teams form).

How can I find out more about Heritage’s Sent Global Workers?
Each of our global workers (sent and supported) has a display in the Hall of Faith (near the library) that
tells about their field and ministry. They also provide newsletters that are printed and added to their
displays. Contact their Sending Team leader to find out how to request to be added to a worker’s
mailing list.

What are the expectations of a Sending Team member?
When you join a sending team, you are committing to: pray regularly for the team’s global worker and
their work; make attendance to team meetings a priority; and participate when possible in your team’s
ministry to the worker through prayer, ongoing communication, and other means of encouragement.

In what ways do Sending Teams provide opportunities for individuals to serve our global workers?
When you are part of a Sending Team, you will receive the latest information and developments on
what is going on with our global workers, which will enable you to participate in regular, informed
prayer. Sending Team meetings provide opportunities to join with others and pray corporately for the
workers, and they will often do a video conference with the worker during the meeting.

Teams will often find other ways to encourage the workers while they are overseas. They may send
cards and other communications from the team or may send a care package to which team members
are invited (but never required) to contribute.

When global workers visit the US, Sending Teams take up the role of making sure the workers’ needs are
met—from loaning child car seats and providing transportation to/from the airport to setting up the
missions house with a few food items until they have a chance to go shopping.

There are several roles within the Sending Teams ministry for which you can also volunteer including
hospitality, communications, newsletter mailings, and technology help. Speak with Sending Team
leaders about specific needs in their team. Contact go@hbclynchburg.com if you are interested in
serving as a tech volunteer for any Sending Teams that may have a need, or to find out more about this
role.

What can I expect at a Sending Team meeting?
These meetings will provide an opportunity for you to engage in things you could not duplicate at home.
There may be opportunities to video conference with your global worker, cook international foods that
reflect your worker’s favorite cuisine in their ministry context, or even fill your worker’s email inbox with
prayers and words of encouragement while overseas.

Why don’t all Heritage Global Workers have Sending Teams?
Along with the global workers sent out from our church we have chosen to strategically partner with
global workers sent out from other churches. These are our “Supported Global Workers.” We stay in
touch with them, love them, and pray for them but we do not want to try to take the place of their own
sending church. We trust and pray that their sending church will head up the role of caring for their sent
workers’ needs as we do ours. You can visit our Global Worker Hall of Faith to find update letters with
the most recent information and prayer requests for all our global workers.

How do Sending Teams benefit our global workers?
● Sending Teams promote direct contact with the church body.
● Sending Teams prevent global workers from “falling through the cracks.”
● Sending Teams provide for many of their (non-financial) needs.

How do Sending Teams benefit our church?
● Sending Teams create a greater focus on missions.
● Sending Teams get more people involved with missions at Heritage.
● Sending Teams emphasize Sent Global Workers.
● Sending Teams help shoulder some of the burdens on the staff to meet the needs of our global workers.

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