How would Christar help prepare me for the field?
Check out Steps to the Field with Christar for details about our orientation sessions and training opportunities. We’re committed to giving you the best preparation possible for long-term service with Christar, and to helping you continue to learn and grow for years to come.
How long does it take to prepare to go to my country of assignment?
Timing can vary for each individual/family based on requirements, support raising, additional training and unexpected life events! At New Personnel Orientation, you’ll receive your personal development plan and set up a timeline.
What denominations and churches do Christar workers come from?
Our workers come from a number of different denominational backgrounds and churches. We do not specifically recruit from any one denomination, nor do we exclude from specific denominations. We do ask all our members to agree to and uphold the Doctrinal Statement, Mission, Vision, Values and Distinctives of Christar.
What are Christar’s financial policies?
We are stewards of all God has given us and we trust him to provide for the ministries he has led us to. Christar is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and hold to rigid standards of accountability and fundraising practices. Individual workers are responsible for raising their personal support, but we pool expenses such as medical insurance, field expenses, emergency funds and administrative costs. Only a little over 10 percent of funds received is used for administrative ministries. Click here to request an audited financial statement.
Do I need to be debt-free to serve with Christar?
Although it’s preferred, it is not required that you be debt-free. You’ll work with our Finance department to build a plan to pay off any debts and may be asked to attend a financial planning class.
Does Christar have specific doctrinal emphases that I should be aware of?
Christar is theologically conservative. We emphasize several areas of doctrine that we believe will give our teams the best chance at long-term unity and long-term fruitfulness. Knowing and being in agreement with an organization’s doctrinal statement from the beginning can prevent tension on the field in the years to come. Carefully read our Statement of Faith and organizational Distinctives to learn more.
What is Christar’s approach to leadership?
Our administration is built on the participation of our members; both members and leadership are ultimately accountable to God. Some practical out-workings of this principle:
- Workers nominate and elect board members.
- Field decisions are made on the field by those who best understand the situation and will be most affected.
- Each worker follows a written ministry description and develops five-year, one-year and six-month goals, and is accountable to a team leader.
- Family decisions, such as children’s schooling and the balance between ministry in the home and beyond the home, are made by each family.
How does Christar relate to other organizations?
Christar is passionate about expanding the body of Christ by working with the body of Christ, wherever we serve. We cooperate with other like-minded groups to plant churches among the least-reached. A number of Christar workers work on teams with people from other organizations. We are active members of Missio Nexus, a group of about 110 organizations intent on global outreach.
What is Christar’s relationship with the local church?
No one can join Christar unless he/she is jointly approved by Christar and a local church. Christar is a conduit through which churches send believers to plant churches where they do not exist. Our role is to come alongside churches to facilitate this process. On the field, our workers interact with local churches, where they exist, to find ways to collaborate. Newly planted churches are encouraged to partner together with others in a local area.
How do you determine where an individual or family will serve?
Christar involves individual workers in decision-making. No one is ever assigned without his or her own assent. We want you to serve wherever and however the Holy Spirit is leading you. However, we are committed to helping you in the decision-making process, in cooperation with your home church. We provide information about all of our fields to assist you in determining God’s leading, and during New Personnel Orientation, experienced workers and leaders from most of our fields are often present to answer questions and provide insight.
How does a Christar team work?
Christar teams consist of a team leader and team members. The team leader is appointed by area leadership and affirmed by the team members. The team’s work is guided by an agreed-upon Ministry Plan which is reviewed through an annual Team Report. A Ministry Description details the individual contribution of each team member. Some work is done together as a team and some is done individually. Teams meet regularly for prayer, planning and fellowship; they hold a monthly Day of Prayer; and some may gather for an annual retreat. Teams may include both Christar and non-Christar members if they all agree to the same doctrinal and strategic positions.