One Mission Society Australia - Orientation
On the Field
One Mission Society Mission Statement
By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ,
multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.
OMS 10 Year Ministry Vision
The following are just a few OMS ministries; the listed in particular are part of OMS Australia's work.
ECC / Multiply Disciples ... Church multiplication, or the multiplication of disciples.
Dynamic Women in Missions ... Encouraging women of Australia to rise up & support missions; Australia has special focus on South Korea.
DesertStreams ... Making a safe place for faith conversations in the Top End.
HOPE61 ... Human trafficking prevention through raising awareness & equipping the Church to reach the vulnerable; Australia has special focus on preventing demand.
Hope House ... Education, life skills, and the Gospel for the people of Cambodia.
OMS Articles of Faith
The following are basic beliefs of One Mission Society, outlining our basic Christian teachings or theology.
You may also view the complete list of our articles of faith, with scriptural references here.
Scripture - The Bible is the fully and uniquely inspired, written Word of God. Without error in the original documents,
it is our sufficient and final authority for faith and practice.
God - God, the Father, is the first person of the triune godhead. The one true and living God is the Creator,
sovereign ruler and preserver of all things, whether visible or invisible.
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune godhead. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus was fully God and fully man. His sinless life and death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. He arose bodily from the grave and is now enthroned at the right hand of the Father in heaven. We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, and reign in power and glory, to complete his salvation and his judgment.
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune godhead, equal in substance with the Father and the Son, whose ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, convict the world of sin, regenerate those who repent and believe, sanctify and empower true believers for godly living and service.
Man, Free-will and Sin - God created man in His own image with the ability to choose between right and wrong. By his free choice, Adam rebelled against God, fell from his original state and received a sinful nature that each succeeding generation has inherited. Through Jesus Christ, God freely offers grace to all mankind, enabling all who turn to Him to receive pardon and cleansing from sin.
Atonement - Jesus Christ made a full payment for the sins of the whole world by shedding His own blood upon the cross as a perfect and sufficient sacrifice.
New Birth - When a person responds to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and trusts in Christ for salvation, that person experiences spiritual rebirth.
Fullness of the Spirit - The fullness of the Spirit is a biblical term used to describe that work of grace in the heart of the believer subsequent to the new birth. This infilling of the Spirit is a definite experience of cleansing and empowering, which is referred to as sanctification. The progressive aspect of sanctification is that process of growth in Christian maturity, Christlikeness and practical godliness which result from walking obediently.
Divine Healing - It is the privilege of the believer to ask God to heal those who are sick, for the Lord is interested in our physical body.
It may not always be God’s will to heal.
Resurrection, Heaven and Hell - There will be a resurrection of the body for both the saved and unsaved dead. For those who are saved, they will be in the immediate presence of God. For those who are not saved, they will be cast into the lake of fire or hell.
The Church and its Unity - The Church is the universal body of Christ composed of all true believers in Christ, with Christ as its head. All true Christians are members of one another and should love one another, build each other up in the faith and obey Christ’s Great Commission by
reaching the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
OMS was established in 1901 in Japan by Charles and Lettie Cowman, E.A. Kilbourne, and Juji Nakada. Originally we were known as ‘The Oriental Missionary Society’ (OMS), with our work confined to the Orient. After World War II the work and ministries of OMS expanded beyond Asia into countries on five continents.This necessitated a name change to One Mission Society, as we are known today. As a global mission we currently send 400 foreign missionaries to serve in over 50 countries plus associate workers and ministries in some 20 additional nations. OMS ministry includes more than 14,000 national coworkers. Missionaries serving under the auspices of OMS are from many countries including traditional missionary-sending countries as well as developing nations.
The application process can be viewed in more detail here.
We will work together with you, and with the field leadership where you will be serving, to come up with a budget we call a Missionary Support Requirement (MSR).
The MSR is a spread sheet which includes your monthly living expenses, superannuation, travel expenses, insurance and a contribution towards the running of the OMS home office. Some of these costs are set in concrete and others are open for negotiation depending on your situation.
You will be released to the mission field only when you have pledges for 100% of your support requirement. This ensures that, once on the field, you are able to concentrate on your ministry and know that you will be able to complete your assignment.
We will also provide you with support cards (Sometimes called 'prayer cards'.) which will have a photo, details of your ministry, and directions for people to give financially and sign up for newsletters.
Your job is to make contact with all the people on your list and tell them about your upcoming ministry. Tell them where you are going - the country or place you will be serving and the OMS team you will be serving with, and why you are going - explain how you feel passionate and called to do this ministry and, finally, ask that that person to help you and be a part of your team by praying and giving.
On the Field
Insurance and Health
All OMS missionaries are required to have adequate medical and travel insurance. While on the field this is in the form of comprehensive ravel insurance. We typically use EA Insurance cover, however, if there is a good reason for you to use a different cover there is flexibility.
While in Australia on home assignment, missionaries are expected to have their own medicare and/or private cover as per their own needs.
OMS Medical Expense Allowance Policy allows for some medical expenses to be paid through the missionaries support account. Medical expenses may be claimed as an allowance from the missionary's support account up to a rate of 80%.
Medical Expense Allowance must be built into the missionary's MSR. Missionaries may choose to have Medical Expense Allowance anywhere from $0 – $2400 per annum for a couple (plus $0- $600 per child) or $0 -$1800 for a single missionary without special Board approval. Written request can be made to increase these limits where needs apply. Medical Expense Allowance amounts will be valid for up to five years but can be increased or decreased annually within pledged support limits.
The medical coverage amount built into the MSR will act as a cap for claimable expenses. Example: A missionary with a medical coverage amount of $1000 will be able to claim up to $1000. This would be 80% of bills up to $1250.
While recognising OMS’ Holiness tradition rules against the use of alcoholic beverages at any time, OMS Australia must also recognise the widespread cultural acceptance of responsible drinking in Australia and therefore can allow responsible drinking when socially appropriate. At the same time OMS Australia absolutely forbids the use of alcohol for the purpose of being intoxicated. Candidates and members will be made aware of prohibition default and advised of the stance taken by their field/future field of service, which is set in regard and sensitivity to local, cultural issues.
OMS Australia claims a Biblical view of marriage; Biblical being defined as one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24) That is why a man leaves his father and mother and
is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Before God, sexual relations are an integral part of marriages. A marriage that honours God is one that pursues holiness,
and therefore, promotes healthy families. OMS members are committed to affirming a Biblical view of marriage and commit to abstain from any sexual contact outside
Code of Conduct
OMS members and committed volunteers will:
Conduct themselves in a manner that honours God and his Church.
In financial matters, act with scrupulous honesty when handling monies on behalf of OMS, its projects or missionaries.
Conduct all personal relations in a godly manner, acting with respect, love and truthfulness toward all, regardless of position, race, gender or religious opinion.
In order to guard against temptation, misunderstanding, and abuse, whether intentional or otherwise, OMS Australia notes and must address the need for a high standard of office conduct. OMS office staff will relate to each other with a high level of respect and understanding in regards to differing cultural norms when it comes to physical touch between members of the opposite sex.
Any rooms with no visual access will be kept open at any time one male and one female are in a room together or any time an adult is in a room alone with a child
not their own.
Members will also refrain from any conversation regarding the act of sex or sexual attraction with members of the opposite sex not their spouse.
Speak in an uplifting manner, with pure motive and vocabulary. Respect will be given to differing cultural norms when it comes to the use of nicknames or pet names.
Seek to pursue reconciliation when conflict or division occurs.
Be truthful, actively avoiding exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Respect the authority of those to whom they are responsible within OMS and agree to abide by the policies and practices of OMS.
In accordance with policy OMS Australia sets the following guidelines.
OMS Australia missionaries are required to write at least 4 official newsletters per year. The OMS office may prompt you for these quarterly newsletters.
Content Guidelines - content is 1) generally accurate and not misleading; 2) is politically sensitive and not derogatory against host governments; 3) that comments about personal safety or ministry activities are not inordinately enhanced, over-exaggerated or unduly alarming; and 4) appropriate for all generations and demographics.
Newsletters should first be sent to the appointed person to be checked for content as per the content guidelines above.
The newsletter then goes for editorial checking before being approved.
Contrary to the above exception, intermittent brief and specific updates such as prayer / praise points may be sent to more than a single individual without needing to be checked for content and editing however you should self-check your emails as per the content guidelines above. These intermittent email updates must not include official OMS branding.
All official newsletters must include the OMS logo, ACNC tick and Missions Interlink member organization tag. OMS also maintain the right to provide brief updates / news / advertisements to be added to your official newsletters. These will be provided with newsletter requests and you can add them into the newsletter in whatever layout you prefer.
No appeal, for funds, direct or indirect, is allowed for projects or personal needs which have not received prior approval by the Director or Board as deemed appropriate.
Furlough and Holidays
Furlough is not a holiday. Furlough is a time of visiting family, supporters and potential supporters. A typical five year missions term includes 12 months furlough. This may be taken as two 6 months blocks or otherwise. While this may be negotiated to suit circumstances, a drastic reduction of furlough time needs to requested in writing.
Holiday is an important time set apart from field ministry and furlough. It is a time of relaxation and refreshing. Holidays may be taken during field assignment or may coincide with furlough. OMS missionaries sign a commitment to take an equivelant of 20 days (work days) holiday per year. This is self monitored.
Missionaries receive monthly income statements which include a breakdown and contact details of donors. They also receive a monthly running balance of their support account. The administration also monitors the running balance of missionary support accounts; policy requires the retention of a certain support account balance.
OMS Australia Support Account Deficit Policy states -
1a. Missionaries will come under review when their support account falls bellow -
$6000 for single or couple.
$6000 + $2000 per child for families.
1b. Missionaries will come under review when their support account suffers an average of $1000 deficit over a 6 month period even if it has not reached the trigger amounts as above.
2. Review will look at pledged support vs actual average support and other possible reasons for lowered support account.
If the review reveals unsustainable support there should be immediate measures to either return from the field or reduce costs to a level which would sustain themissionary – calculated by onserving average income over the previous 6 months - until a furlough can reasonably be organised.
3. If the missionary is to be instructed to return they should be given 1 month’s notice and their home church should be notified immediately to assist in repatriation.