The Florida Missions Council exists to…
Promote, encourage, foster and engage in the dissemination of religious and moral teaching and instruction for the support of public and worldwide worship in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible, through all legitimate means, such means to include, but not be limited to, accepting financial contributions and making distributions for the purposes of carrying out missionary work and establishing supporting missionary Christian churches to spread the ministry of Jesus Christ in foreign nations in the Caribbean Basin and Central and South America.
FMC Organizational Structure
The Florida Missions Council is made up of member churches in the state of Florida. Each member church appoints 2 voting members to the Board of Directors. Managing Director and Assistant Directors are tasked with planning, implementing and overseeing the ecclesiastic strategy.
FMC Resources / Missions Support
The Florida Missions Council has a July 1 – June 30 Fiscal Year. Annually the 8 member churches in Florida hold missions collections, generally in the spring/summer of each year. In July the member churches begin to send in their missions support to the FMC where funds are collected, and later distributed based on the FMC Board of Directors approval of a budget/use of funds. This mid-year FMC budget cycle is necessary in order to provide enough time for the Florida churches to set their calendar year budgets and propose Special Missions allocations to their memberships.
FMC Ecclesiastic Strategy
Under the guidance and direction of the Missions Directors, the FMC Board prepares an annual budget that determines the release of missions support to ICOC sister churches in South America and the Caribbean.
Additionally, relational pairings between Florida and South American churches are established for discipling, guidance, and to strengthen connections that provide for healthy involvement.
Although mission’s strategies evolve, the FMC desires to foster and maintain stability and unity in the churches, while inspiring healthy growth, spiritually and numerically. Focused strategies may include, but are not limited to, high-impact mission’s strategies such as Leadership development, Youth & Family Ministry development, Campus Ministry development, and Regional Missions Training Center development.
FMC Employees / Missionaries
As a non-profit 501(c)3, The Florida Missions Council employs only US Citizens or those legally authorized to work in the United States. While the FMC often supports non-US leadership couples in South America as part of its church development strategies, it does not employ them. Although the FMC may designate support to specific leadership persons in South America, all support must be sent to the corresponding legal church entity, not an individual. This process is governed by the FMC’s adherence to U.S. grant guidelines in accordance with non-profit governance.