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MTW Home Office Redesign Refocuses Ministry

By Staff, Nov 10, 2016

You may have heard that things are changing at the MTW home office. We want you to know that we’re excited about our new prospects moving forward and to let you know what is happening!

What’s changing
For the last year MTW has been engaged in a redesign of our home office structures and operations. Why? The world is changing. Missions is changing, and we need to adapt. So we are striving to be truly global. Two ways we’re doing this is by becoming more field-directed; and intentionally building relationships with diverse groups and churches. In this time of rapid change, we’re becoming more agile and efficient by consolidating departments, streamlining job positions and processes, and outsourcing some functions. All are for the purpose of focusing resources on the work of the gospel, and particularly, mobilizing those who are called to serve in missions.  

We examined our mandate from the PCA, our values, and how to best resource our fields, and made a strategic decision to reduce the number of U.S.-based missions camps that are not connected with long-term MTW missionaries. Instead we are offering more vision trips, which will enable people to engage with our global teams, and of course we’ll continue to offer missions trips that are connected with our missionaries so that we can offer clearer paths to longer-term service.

As we looked at more ways to refine our focus, we turned over the administration of the ONEChild sponsorship program to the fields. Sponsors can still support children through projects for that purpose, and our prayer is that more funds will reach children because of lower overhead costs.

Finally, we’ve always invested resources in training and caring for our missionaries, but feedback from our missionaries and staff told us they needed more. Based on that, we have created a department focused on member care and development for both staff and missionaries.

What hasn’t changed
What’s not changing: our focus on the gospel; our foundation in grace-based, Reformed, and covenantal theology; our commitment to the local church. MTW’s primary ministry continues to be sending and supporting longer-term missionaries, developing leaders, and supporting church planting across the globe.

And praise God, thanks to your prayers we had the largest group of missionaries join MTW since 2004! Please pray that God will continue to lead us and that we will be well-positioned for the work of making disciples of all nations. Thank you for your support of these efforts. We could not do it without you.

Interested in serving: MTW offers more than 25 trips, 30 summer internships, and over 110 long-term serving opportunities at www.mtw.org/serve.

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