By God's grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.
what is oms's purpose?
We believe that the power of the gospel in the hands of disciplemakers will transform all nations.
what are the core values of oms?
1. Holiness - By God's grace, we commit to submit to the authority of Christ and His word, living lives of holiness, growing in Christ-likeness by word, deed and all aspects of our lives (John 17:17).
2. Dependence - By God's grace, we commit to live by faith, depending on God for all things, through prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit (John 15:5).
3. Accountability - By God's grace, we commit to be accountable to God, to our leaders and to our constituents through faithful, persevering labour and good stewardship (Luke 12:48b).
4. Discipleship - By God's grace, we commit to reproduce ourselves through mentoring and discipleship in ministry, living out our Christianity as part as a community or team, interacting with other community members in a Biblical manner (Ephesians 4:11-16).
5. Ministry - By God's grace, we commit to be involved in evangelism, church planting, leaders training and compassionate social ministry performed through local indigenous church in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
What is OMS's Focus?
OMS was founded on the principle that the most effective way to share Christ is by training a nation's people to lead and multiply their churches. That principle still fully applies today and is the basis of our dynamic four-fold focus...
Multiplying Disciples: We become vessels of Christ, leading people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus. Multiplying Leaders: We then want to see these communities of believers continue to grow deeper in their faith. We equip leaders in our training centers and seminaries worldwide so the future leaders of the national churches will be from within that country.
Multiplying Churches: Once people have heard and accepted the Gospel message, it is natural for them to form a church. We encourage, empower and support new believers to form vital, thriving, and life-changing churches.
Multiplying Missionaries: Finally, we establish strategic partnerships to show the world that Christians are united to spread the Gospel by working with other mission organizations, ministries and churches in the countries where we serve.
what denomination is oms affiliated with?
OMS originally came out of the Methodist denomination . However there is no affiliation with this denomination. OMS is an interdenominational organization.
HOW ARE MISSIONaries cared for while on the field?
OMS Canada is committed to enhancing the care for our missionaries and staff and their families. Member care is available to our OMS family through a variety of structures and programs.
Self Care: This is an often neglected area as concerns missionary care. You are encouraged to care for your own soul by the regular practice and maintenance of the spiritual disciplines.
Peer Care: The entire team is available to you as a community to draw upon. While peer care can happen at any time based on your own initiative while on the field, conferences involving either the OMS region or within your field will provide the opportunity for face to face peer care at least annually. In addition, your field may choose to meet more frequently. Peer care may also include the people God has brought around you as community locally. Theses are the workers from other organizations, professionals working with a missional goal and/or other ministry partners.
Pastoral Care: This area of care encompasses accountability, follow up, leadership care from your sending church Pastor, the Field Director, International Regional Director as well as your Executive Director.
Prayer Care: This is probably the broadest care group, as it necessarily includes those whom you have gathered during deputation to your support team, as well as those on your immediate team, field leadership and regional leadership.
Policy Care: The OMS policies and handbook provide guidelines to assist you..
Professional Care: This area includes mentoring relationship and counselling as well as health and wholeness planning. These are available through our professional counsellors and the Director of Member care at OMSG.
You may also be engaged by the team through a variety of touch points, some of which may include the following areas. a) Support during home assignment. b) Assisting with debriefing and transitioning. c) Assisting with counselling and coaching resources. d) Connection to our Canadian office and the resources available there. e) Connection from OMS to sending churches and the local church leadership. f) OMS Training Conferences and retreat connections.
how are children cared for and educated on the field?
Education of children is at the discretion of the parents. Given the situation, parents may home school or send their child(ren) to a national school, a Christian school, an international school or a boarding school.
WHAT PERCENT OF DONATIONS IS USED FOR ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES?
This ranges from 5% for homeland missionaries, 10% for some projects, 11% for field missionaries and 15% for other projects.
HOW MUCH FUNDING DO I NEED TO RAISE?
This varies by country of deployment and family/personal situations. You will work with our finance team to create an appropriate personal and ministry budget. (MSR)
wHAT DOES OMS DO FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE?
Missionaries are required to have 'minimum essential coverage'. This is arranged through our ex-pat insurer - Cowan Insurance Group. The OMS staff will help you along the way to gain your required insurance.
WHAT ACCOUNT DOES MY SUPPORT MONEY GO INTO?
All donations are given to the organization, not to an individual. The donor gets a tax-deductible receipt. We honour the donor's wishes and put the funds in the missionary's personal project account to be used for OMS ministry salary and expenses. OMS does not pool funds -- excess funds remain available as needed in your OMS ministry project account.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A MISSIONARY?
-Character - evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit and healthy interpersonal relationships. -Competancy - some measure of effectiveness in ministry and a basic understanding of Biblical, theological, and missiological concepts. -Calling - demonstrable sense of God's calling to missions. -* Depending on the position, there may be professional qualifications/degrees required.
WHAT STEPS DO I NEED TO TAKE TO BECOME A MISSIONARY?