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FIVEFOLD PURPOSE

1. Caring for Leaders

Pastors and ministers have needs just as every other growing believer in the church does. Those who invest their lives in caring for others in the local church also need to be pastored, nurtured, and cared for by spiritual fathers.

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Nurturing and Caring

Pastors and ministers have needs just as every other growing believer in the church does. Those who invest their lives in caring for others in the local church also need to be pastored, nurtured, and cared for by spiritual fathers.

Vanguard Ministries is designed to promote healthy relationships and provide fatherly nurture and care to its members. Partner Pastors can expect to receive priority care from their apostolic overseer. All members should avail themselves of life-giving relationships within the network as God directs. This is the body of Christ in action as the New Testament admonishes us to “bear one another’s burdens (Ephesians 4:2)” and to be “interdependent with one another (Romans 12:5, 10).”

Restoration

God's leaders are too frequently overworked, abused, and overcome by the pressures of ministry and the wounds of people. Ministry designed to restore leaders to lives of wholeness is a goal of this network. Vanguard intends to provide grace-filled and Bible-based restoration for spiritual leaders who have fallen into sin or destructive life patterns with the goal of seeing full and complete restoration whenever possible.

Accountability

Leaders are crying out for practical ways to be accountable in their lives and ministries. As Socrates so eloquently said, "An unexamined life is a life not worth living." While there are many beneficial methods for accountability to occur, we believe that Vanguard can provide mutual accountability through ministry relationships. Since we believe that a Vanguard apostolic minister or team only has as much authority as is granted by another, accountability will occur best within the context of healthy relationships. Accountability measures are strengthened through coaching and apostolic relationships made available to its members.

2. Building Churches

According to Peter Wagner, "The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches." Vanguard Ministries is committed to an aggressive and strategic church planting effort focusing regionally, nationally, and cross-culturally. By training and mobilizing church-planting teams from Vanguard Partner Churches and the body of Christ we will produce a mighty force for the end-time harvest. We are about raising up churches that reproduce churches that reproduce more churches.

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Planting

According to Peter Wagner, "The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches." Vanguard Ministries is committed to an aggressive and strategic church planting effort focusing regionally, nationally, and cross-culturally. By training and mobilizing church-planting teams from Vanguard Partner Churches and the body of Christ we will produce a mighty force for the end-time harvest. We are about raising up churches that reproduce churches that reproduce more churches.

Growing

Healthy churches are growing churches! Therefore, we will strive to provide churches and their leaders with the fivefold ministry gifts, which will strengthen and equip the local church. Consulting resources through Vanguard will be made available to leaders and churches to assess, evaluate, and advise ministries. We will work with our members to identify and eliminate the barriers to growth in order to promote prevailing and overcoming churches.

3. Networking Ministries

Ministers and church leaders have the same need for fellowship on a peer level as do other believers, but frequently it is difficult to find peers of a like mind on a local level. A network of spiritual leaders is a perfect place for genuine and vital relationships to be established and nurtured. In Vanguard, ministers can enjoy fellowship, community, and mutually supporting relationships with those of like mind and vision. It is an open and honest commitment to one another.

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Relationships

Ministers and church leaders have the same need for fellowship on a peer level as do other believers, but frequently it is difficult to find peers of a like mind on a local level. A network of spiritual leaders is a perfect place for genuine and vital relationships to be established and nurtured. In Vanguard, ministers can enjoy fellowship, community, and mutually supporting relationships with those of like mind and vision. It is an open and honest commitment to one another.

Vanguard is a catalyst for bringing ministers and churches together in a spirit of unity and community. It is our prayer that as time goes on, many interpersonal relationships will develop among our members. We believe this will happen spontaneously as we spend time together at national and regional gatherings and get involved in cooperative projects.

Vanguard plans to make full use of the Internet to enhance relationships and networking. In the future we plan to use our Web site to provide regularly scheduled chat rooms and/or discussion forums for our members. We will also provide time-saving links to our Partner Churches' web pages as well as other "hot" Christian sites.

Consulting & Resourcing

No one has all the answers, but it sure can help to have others to call on when you don't want to reinvent the wheel. Vanguard is committed to using all of its available resources to support its members. If a church needs help upgrading a particular area of ministry or program, then Vanguard can mobilize the necessary counsel and assistance, including on-site consulting if necessary.

Some self-assessment tools are available for purchase through Vanguard's online store.

Shared Resources

Several churches and ministries networking together for the purpose of sharing resources, ideas, and proven programs can bear much fruit. For example, worship teams can share and exchange worship songs to maintain a fresh flow of worship in participating churches. This networking will be achieved through relationships, the Internet, and regional and national conferences.

Placement Services

Assisting ministers and leaders to find God-ordained opportunities, and helping churches locate candidates for ministry positions can meet a growing need and strengthen the body of Christ.

4. Equipping Leaders

Regional and national seminars on cutting-edge topics will be presented by gifted leaders. These seminars will serve as excellent resources for church staff and lay leaders and will result in sharpened ministry skills.

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Seminars

Regional and national seminars on cutting-edge topics will be presented by gifted leaders. These seminars will serve as excellent resources for church staff and lay leaders and will result in sharpened ministry skills.

Conferences & Retreats

Annual conferences, retreats, and cruises, provide opportunities for renewal, skill-enhancements, and bonding between the membership. Vanguard leaders and other renowned speakers will provide anointing impartation and instruction.

Products & Resources

It is our vision to publish many of our own manuals, tools, books, and tapes to train and build up ministers and leaders. We also desire to make available a regularly updated inventory of resources through our Web site. We will research to find the best available books and resources from across the body of Christ, and then give reviews and recommendations. Hopefully, this will be a timesaving and trusted source for Vanguard members.

5. Reaching the World

VM is committed to world evangelization. We believe the task can best be accomplished as we link arms within our network and with other missions-minded networks, agencies, and churches. We desire to challenge and motivate our members and others toward greater involvement in finishing the task of global evangelism. Our strong desire is to improve the missions performance of our churches and members. We purpose to develop and promote services and resources that bolster global evangelism through more effective church-planting and humanitarian initiatives.

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VM is committed to world evangelization. We believe the task can best be accomplished as we link arms within our network and with other missions-minded networks, agencies, and churches. We desire to challenge and motivate our members and others toward greater involvement in finishing the task of global evangelism. Our strong desire is to improve the missions performance of our churches and members. We purpose to develop and promote services and resources that bolster global evangelism through more effective church-planting and humanitarian initiatives.

Networking for Maximum Impact

Finding the common ground between our churches and members is helpful in creating synergy and avoiding overlap. For example, it three of our partner churches have a call to reach the Masai in Africa it only makes sense to join our efforts. By networking our resources and efforts we increase our effectiveness. VM will help to facilitate ongoing discussions between all entities working in a particular field (e.g., Churches, Ministries, and Missionaries working in Poland ) or on a common project.

Short Term Trips

Each year we sponsor a limited number of short-term mission trips for our members and the members of our churches.

Resources

Missions and cross cultural training materials and books are available through our online store.

Cooperative Initiatives

Together, working cooperatively, much can be achieved for the Kingdom. A cross-cultural missions project may be too massive for only one church to undertake, but with several churches combining resources and strategy, great progress in world evangelization can take place. Thousands of dollars were collected cooperatively for Tsunami relief and sent through a missionary friend to Southeast Asia . Much more still remains to be done. In addition, VM will seek cooperation that results in better stewardship of resources and sharing of information.

Strategic Thinking

As a network, VM will encourage more effective missions by improving the planning, execution, and support of church-planting and missions sending efforts. We envision a World Missions clearing house for our members and church which will focus on tapping cutting edge resources and strategic planning done by missiologists around the world and making it available to our members. We also envision forming a Global Strategy Group comprised of missions specialists and church leaders to focus discussion on key facets of global missions. It will serve as a think-tank for missions and will help to guide our network’s efforts in the future.

Global Prayer

We value the place of strategic intercessory prayer for the unreached and for missionary efforts. We desire to discover how to encourage, embolden and network our membership for more effective prayer focused on the unfinished task of world evangelization.