Frequently Asked Questions
What is RMS?
Reformed Mission Services is an organization dedicated to promoting missions and evangelism within the Reformed community. We specialize in providing opportunities and training for fruitful, enjoyable mission work for young people and adults alike. RMS prepares teams to be a blessing to missionaries and church planters as we partner with their ongoing efforts.
How does RMS differ from other missions organizations?
RMS is an organization accountable to and under the oversight of elders. While multi-denominational in its outreach, a historical Reformed perspective will dominate our mission endeavors. Sowing the gospel seed through the word will be stressed alongside the many helpful deeds performed during any mission opportunity.
Does RMS oversee missionaries and church planters?
No. RMS works alongside missionaries and church planters to assist them in their ongoing ministries. RMS leaves oversight responsibilities to calling churches and supporting churches of missionaries and church planters.
Will mission opportunities have restrictions on participation?
Participation in the mission opportunities of RMS will be limited to those of high school age or older. Such opportunities will be taylored to individuals and groups. A first time mission opportunity experience for those of high school age will usually be limited to stateside opportunities, particularly on Teens Actively Serving Christ (TASC) trip. Depending on the mission field needs for any mission opportunity, other restrictions may apply.
How will safety be determined on a given missions opportunity?
RMS places a strong emphasis on the safety for all involved with our ministries. On trips that may include elevated risk, we will be certain to let potential registrants know ahead of time so they can prayerfully decide whether to participate or find another opportunity. We continue to monitor certain risks such as political unrest, crime rate, disease, etc., and will call off any trip that the RMS Board deems too dangerous to carry out. Also, vaccination and passport requirements along with vital travel information will also be provided. Finally, RMS requires trip insurance for each participant on every trip, and includes the cost of the insurance in the registration fee.
How is membership into RMS determined?
Our membership consists of churches that promote and agree with the RMS perspective of missions ministry, summarized in our Core Principals. Joined together by the common confessions outlined in the Three Forms of Unity, the Westminster Standards, and the Ecumenical Creeds, our Member Churches serve as our partners in this ministry. Present and future RMS Board of Director membership will come from member churches and so provide continuing leadership and direction to RMS. Core Principals and Membership Applications are available on our website.
Can I participate even if I belong to a non-member church?
Yes all applicants are considered for RMS trips regardless of whether or not applicants are from member churches. It is our hope that such participants will encourage their church to consider becoming members of RMS to support and encourage this ministry.
How will mission opportunities be funded?
Participants are responsible for the entire cost of the trip. Trip cost is determined by RMS and may include the cost of transportation, food, lodging, planned day away activity, donation to missionary for building materials, etc. Nominal administrative fees will also be included which includes trip insurance, t-shirt, etc. Costs for trips may vary significantly due to location, needed materials, and other factors. However, cost will always be determined prior to any trip commitments.
What are the benefits of being a member church?
Member churches will be kept informed with the latest information regarding RMS mission opportunities for youth and adults alike. They will also have opportunities to nominate members of their congregations to the RMS Board to help guide and direct our organization. Also, member church supported missionaries will be considered as RMS missionary partners and possible trip locations for mission opportunities. Further benefits will materialize as our organization continues to grow and develop.