Management & Governance
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
TEL International has taken measures on multiple levels to ensure the oversight of its ministry and its endurance in faithfulness. Our structure of accountability is two-fold: (1) a fellowship of supporting churches; and (2) a board of directors. This structure provides the foundation for our work to make disciples, plant churches, develop leaders, bring relief to those who suffer needlessly, and restore dignity to individuals and communities throughout the world.
SUPPORTING CHURCH ACCOUNTABILITY
Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling to be in mission, and reaching out in mission. Regardless of where we are in our spiritual journey, as Christians, we are privileged and at the same time expected to be active participants in God’s mission work in the world. Most central to our missions effort is the fact that we are participants in mission work with the local church. There are a number of supporting churches that assist us in both counsel and oversight. The unwavering principles by which these churches hold us accountable are as follows:
TEL will maintain an open-door policy with the churches in any and every aspect of its administration and ministry.
TEL recognizes that the churches have the right and responsibility to request any information or investigate any matter that would be relevant to the goal of accountability – doctrine, practice, ethics, finances, etc.
TEL will be proactive in providing a quarterly financial report to the churches.
TEL will be proactive in notifying the churches of any major changes in policy or doctrine or of any major decisions affecting the ministry – expansion into new fields of labor, appointment of new missionaries, major projects, etc.
TEL recognizes that the churches have the right and responsibility to publicize any concern with our doctrine or ethics and to withdraw fellowship if the matter should remain unresolved.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As a 501(c)(3) (or non-profit) organization, TEL International Missionary Society has a board of directors to aid in directing and monitoring its activities, and is governed by individuals invested in Kingdom work. A major commitment to and understanding of missions work is vital to each board member as they guide this organization.
Elgin Taylor (Founder and President Emeritus) – Elgin Taylor has served over 55 years in foreign missions. During this period Elgin established a regional mission’s headquarters in Europe where he supervised Christian in Action missionaries sent to Europe, Africa, South China, and India. In 1982, he was unanimously elected president of Christians in Action where he managed over 450 missionaries and national leaders. During his time at Christians in Action (CinA), the ministry expanded into 23 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Philippines, Colombia, Sierra Leone and Ghana. As President Emeritus, Elgin serves in an advisory role to the Executive Director, and the organization as a whole, and provides guidance and expertise as a knowledgeable member of the Board of Directors.
Reginald Harris (Executive Director) – As Executive Director, Reginald supports the mission of TEL International by mobilizing individuals, churches, foundations, corporations, and affinity groups for generous giving and personal participation in missions and outreach efforts around the world. He coordinates the energies of people and organizations to fund support for missionaries, field projects, training for international leaders, and global outreach initiatives. Reginald also oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.