It is our desire that all our adopted overseas missionaries have a team of individuals who aid in particular ways to help keep our body connected to their ongoing ministry and keep these families connected to the Redeemer body life back home. To facilitate this ministry, Redeemer Church will organize Barnabas Missionary Care Teams.
What are Barnabas Teams?
In Acts 4:36, the apostles saw it fitting to nickname a man named Joseph, “Barnabas,” which means “son of encouragement.” Barnabas stood as an advocate before the church on behalf of Paul shortly after his conversion and served alongside Paul as a partner in ministry to the Gentiles (9:27; 11:25-30; 13:2). He also sought to strengthen the newly converted Christians in Antioch, encouraging them “to remain faithful to the Lord and steadfast in purpose” (11:23). Truly, he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith (11:24). Such is the example and character of Barnabas.
Within Redeemer Church, Barnabas Teams are small groups of 4 to 8 people committed to encouragement and advocacy on behalf of Redeemer’s adopted missionaries.
Responsibilities of a Barnabas Team
In general, the responsibilities can be simply stated as encouragement and advocacy for Redeemer’s adopted missionaries. Each Barnabas team will be assigned to a particular missionary family. The specifics of how this care and advocacy is done will be in some cases determined by the needs of a missionary family. Below is a list of responsibilities that will be common to all Barnabas teams: