Our relationship with local churches

Avail lays great emphasis on the biblical importance of the local church, which, typically, as the home community of the mission worker provides a sense of belonging and a natural support network.

We do not ‘send’ mission workers but acknowledge the biblical pattern that the local church should be the sending and primary supporting body. However, we recognise that mission workers are supported in a number of ways and that our role is complementary to the church’s role. For example, we are sometimes required to assist in obtaining legal registration for a mission worker.

It may be helpful for churches to appreciate the difference between the two levels of support to mission workers that we offer:

  • Partnership – makes available all of the mission’s facilities.
  • Association – offers limited support and is tailored to each situation.

About mission workers

How Avail serves those who serve

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Mission workers’ families

Practical support for people who care

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