In Luke Chapter 10, Jesus teaches us how to expand God’s Kingdom on Earth. The 40/40™ Missionary model was created based on the following biblical instruction in Luke 10 (NIV):
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’
Christ later continues…
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
40/40s™ must be single adults who have graduated from high school, profess a calling to serve in cross-cultural mission work, have successfully completed Extreme’s candidate screening process and successfully completed “The 40 Days Experience™” in the field.
All 40/40s™ will serve in partners as is established in Luke 10:1. Each pair will consist of one N. American (or other non-South American) and one S. American of the same gender. Each pair will belong to a cluster of missionaries. Each cluster contains a national pastor, a cluster coordinator couple and five pairs of 40/40™ missionaries. Each cluster is assigned to one large South American city and given the task of establishing a self-replicable, self-funded and self-governing church of hundreds within the course of two years.
40/40™ Pairs will be determined by systematically matching up each possible combination during language training and discipleship school. Ideally, the pairings would be final upon arrival in the service city.
By design, each pair will have one Latin American and someone from outside of Latin America (typically from North America or Europe). 40/40™ missionaries will be paired up based on several factors, including gender, age, deployment date, personality compatibility and complementary skills matchup.
Each 40/40™ carries the shared responsibility to care for and look out for their partner. The Latin American will specifically assist their partner in adapting to the Latin culture and Spanish language.
40/40™ pairs will perform the majority of their day-to-day tasks together and share the various responsibilities that are inherent in starting cell groups and planting a church.
Dr. Christian Sarmiento, the Regional Director for The Church of the Nazarene in South America recently said, “40/40 is a part of God’s plan to evangelize the entire world”. The purpose of 40/40™ is to go and make disciples as Christ instructs us in Luke 10, Mathew 28 and indeed throughout the entire New Testament. In today’s context, the service by single adults in pairs is effective in giving new church plants a major advantage from the start. Most new church plants in Latin America are started by one person or pastoral couple that is bi-vocational. Extreme’s 40/40s™ church plants start with a full time pastor and his team of 12 full time leaders (ten pairs of 40/40™ plus the cluster coordinator couple).
40/40s™ sign 28-month contracts. The first 40 days are in The 40 Days Experience™, followed by 14 weeks in Spanish Training (for non-Spanish speakers) or 14 weeks in Theological Training (for fluent Spanish speakers) and 23 months in church planting. During the 23 months in church planting, 40/40s™ will engage in theological education through a joint venture between all the South American Nazarene Seminaries and several North American Nazarene Universities. Over the course of two years of planting the church, 40/40s™ will be able to complete ½ of the course requirements to be ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and have ½ of the credits needed for the South American equivalent of an ‘Intercultural Studies’ undergraduate degree. 40/40s™ that renew for a second two year contract will be able to complete both ordination and an ‘Intercultural Studies’ degrees.
The first thing to do is fill out this simple application. You will be contacted by an Extreme representative to work through the next steps.
If you just want more information, fill out this form, and you will be contacted soon.
Process from Candidate to Commissioned 40/40™ Missionary
From the Global Director to the bookkeeper to the 40/40™ field missionary, every Extreme employee is supported financially from a fund generated by the employee’s own fund raising efforts. Each 40/40™ will be required to raise 100% of the published project package amount in order to be deployed. All 40/40™ missionaries shall expect to receive the following supplies and benefits throughout their missionary assignment:
While Extreme will provide all of the basic needs indicated above, it is recommended that each candidate consider raising additional personal spending money for tourism and other personal expenditures not covered in this budget.
All funds donated to Extreme Nazarene Ministries is tax deductible due to our 501c(3) status with the IRS. Money donated through any local Nazarene church is also eligible for “10% giving credit”. All funds raised by 40/40™ missionaries that are donated to Extreme Nazarene Ministries are considered undesignated funds, which enables Extreme to use those funds as and when needed without restriction.
It is entirely natural to be uneasy raising money for the first time (or even the tenth time). Most people don’t jump for joy when they think about raising money. However, the fears about raising money can be overcome when all is placed into perspective. Some of Extreme’s volunteers have shared stories about huge blessings that have come to them AND their supporters because of fund raising. God calls some to GO (the 40/40™) and God calls some to SUPPORT those who go. Often supporters thank the 40/40™ for thinking of them in their quest to raise funds.
As you begin to raise funds, try not to focus on the total cost. That huge amount may seem impossible to raise. Instead, think about smaller more manageable goals to get to the same place:
Option 1: (Package Total ÷ 28 months) - Seek out 27 donors to cover just one month’s expenses.Option 2: (Package Total ÷ $100 per month) - Seek out enough $100 per month donors (committed to 28 months) to add up to your monthly commitment.
Extreme has partnered with a professional billing agency that will track all proceeds on your behalf. Donors can contribute through Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and automatic deductions from checking and savings accounts. Reminder notices are also available to be sent to those who want to mail in those old fashioned checks. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive a donation account armed with all of these features and a personalized donation webpage.
At your request, Extreme will also design and print prayer cards with your personalized photo and information on it for you to pass out to prayer and financial supporters to help remind them to support you as you are doing God’s work. Talk with your mobilization coordinator for details.