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Regional and Functional staff of Primary and other Support Organizations


The original question that generated this paper was:  “May any conflict or inefficiencies exist between functional ministry and region—oriented ministry? If yes, what would be the solution thereof?” The answer of course is YES, because all are sinners and in our own strength two or more working together do not always perform at their best. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


This paper will explore conflict that might occur in evangelical mission of reaching the military forces and MCFs in three examples.

Example 1: Staff within one organization

Example 2: Between staff in one of the three Primary Support Organizations

Example 3: Between one or more of the many organizations that are seeking to reach the military for Christ


The paper will conclude with a suggested solution based on the Word of the Lord and the existing AMCF structure.


Example 1: One organization


The three principle AMCF support organizations (ACCTS, AcctsMMI and MSO) have staff members whose functions are regional, functional or often both. In performing the support mission to AMCF, MCFs and AMCF Vice Presidents, a regional staff member normally operates in one of more regions. On the other hand a functional staff member may provide assistance across many region in a focused manner such as leading American English Training Camps.


In case of ACCTS, staff members work as a team to utilize their Gifts and skills to accomplish the ACCTS mission—To assist in the development of Christian Leaders in the armed forces of the world and in the establishment and growth of Military Christian Fellowships. Conflicts or inefficiencies may exist when all involved do not seek the LORD to unify them in His will and not there own priorities. Because ACCTS is made up of highly qualified and dedicated individuals who sometimes let their own ego drive their actions, the unifying commitment to “All one in Christ Jesus” is not first. If all involved in a project/task seek God through the tool of “Pray and Plan” consensus can be reached with a spirit of cooperation not conflict.


How can this happen? Answer by communicating with the LORD and with each other. Do not assume that all understand and are able to have the time, funding and skill required. The lesson plan on “Pray and Plan’ states if we “fail to plan, we plan to fail”.


Although the mission statements of AcctsMMI and MSO are worded differently they are essentially the same. Similar dynamics are also common when a mix of highly dedicated and knowledgeable persons seek to work together for the LORD. Communications between all involved and with the LORD is critical to bringing Glory to the LORD. All need to remember that nothing is for us, but all for Him. 


Example 2: Between Staff from two separate principle Support Organizations


The three primary AMCF supporting organizations overlap in many areas as a result of relationships with military Christians in various parts of the world. For example, ACCTS and AcctsMMI both reach out to military Christians in Europe. A possibility of conflict exists if there is no communication between affected staff. A greater possibility is when a functional staff member of one organization is asked to assist an MCF in a region. Normally the Regional Staff members in one support Organization often work with and have positive relationships with regional staff members of other support organizations as well as with the AMCF VP in a region. However, a functional staff member may not understand the dynamics in an AMCF region.


Conflict can easily be reduced if a functional staff member communicates with the regional staff member from his or her organization to ask for assistance in making appropriate contacts. Bottom line: seek advice and communicate before traveling to reduce or avoid possibly creating confusion among the Christians in the military of a nation.


Example 3: between one or more of the many organizations that are seeking to reach the military for Christ


Although all of the AMCF support organizations are committed to assisting Christians in the military or sharing the Gospel with members of the military through out the world, the approach used is often very different. Paul in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3 gives an example of what can happen. Three men of God, Paul, Apollos and Cephas (Peter) have all been sharing the gospel. We must assume that they are “all one in Christ”, but those who are in the church or MCF begin to divide based on loyalty to one or the other. Paul says this is foolishness as one plants, another waters, but the Glory belongs to God. 


Conclusion and suggested process.


The motto of AMCF “all one in Christ Jesus” (Galations 3:28) is a guiding light that often defuses conflict. A second method is communicate, communicate, communicate with all involved. Build up each other. Campus Crusade has much to offer as does Navigators and all of the others. Bury Pride and as it is written in Micah 6:8 “. . .  what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”


The other communication available within AMCF is contact the appropriate Vice President when conducting any mission work or just developing relationships in his region. Contacting the vice Presidents is as easy as a short email followed by a short report of who was seen, what contacts were made and what help a MCF needs.


While it is critical to communicate with fellow workers for the LORD within AMCF and its supporting organizations, PLEASE BE AWARE OF SENSITIVITY IN USE OF NAMES. EMAIL CAN BE LESS SECURE THAN TELEPHONE OR A LETTER.


Soli Deo Gloria


Written by:

LtCol James T. Greshel, ACCTS, 11 September 2009

Telephone +1-517-332-7470




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