The primary purpose of the Reformed Baptist Network is cooperation between like-minded churches for the cause of Missions and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that missions properly originates from, is overseen by, and is accountable to the local church. Local churches cooperate together through RBNet to further the work of missions. We believe the Great Commission is centered on evangelizing lost sinners and gathering them into biblically faithful, organized, growing and reproducing local churches across the globe. Biblical ecclesiology is essential to the work of missions. Therefore, we endeavor that all missions efforts in RBNet will be church-centered: originating from, overseen by, and accountable to local churches and focused on church planting and church strengthening, but also including evangelism and support ministries. All of those seeking support or service through RBNet must be recommended and sponsored by a member church.
Types of Missions Support
For the purposes of RBNet, missionaries are elder-qualified men engaged in the ongoing work of evangelism, church planting and/or church strengthening. This may include home (U.S.) or foreign (non-U.S.) fields, and may include national foreign (non-U.S.) nationals engaged in ongoing missionary work.
A Church Planter is a man sent / sponsored by a member church, engaged in home (U.S.) missions to plant one new local church in a specific locale, seeking financial and spiritual support for a limited time, until the church plant is self-supporting.
RBNet Member Churches can request RBNet endorsement and support for short-term or long-term missions endeavors undertaken by the church.
Associate Missionaries are individuals subscribing to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, who are recommended by, but not directly connected to, a full member church, who want to associate with RBNet for fellowship and counsel.
A National Pastor is a foreign (non-U.S.) national, pastoring or planting one national church and seeking financial and spiritual support for a limited time for their ministry labors, until the national church is able to be self-supporting.
In the near future, RBNet hopes to be able to sponsor chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For the purposes of RBNet, support missionaries are those engaged in ongoing missions work, who are not pastors, but are doing kingdom work, supporting and encouraging church planting and/or church strengthening.
Servicing or Endorsement?
The RBNet Office can provide financial servicing – receiving, distributing, and overseeing all financial needs – for missionaries on behalf of their sending local church. Alternatively, the sending local church can oversee those financial disbursements themselves, yet still have their missionary formally endorsed for support through RBNet. (Usually, the financial support of church planters engaged in home missions will be overseen by the local church.)
Process of Becoming an RBNet Serviced, Endorsed, or Associate Missionary/Church Planter
For a full description of the process, churches and candidates need to read the Missions Policy articulated in the RBNet Policy Manual, Section 3.7. If there are any questions, please contact the RBNet Coordinator.
The sending/sponsoring member church must complete and submit the “RBNet Missions – Church Application Form”. The candidate must complete, and submit the “RBNet Missions – Candidate Application Form”(available upon request). Those seeking Associate Missionary status must complete and submit the “RBNet Associate Missionary Application Form” (also available upon request).
When these applications are received, the Missions Committee will conduct an interview with the sponsoring church and the candidate, and make a written recommendation. Afterwards, the member church will make an application to the full churches of the Network for approval.