Purpose/Function Statement

Why do we need to know this?

First, many times the purpose or function of mission boards is misunderstood, because many mission boards either under-perform as sending agencies, or they usurp the sending church's authority. This results in many misconceptions and/or unclear lines of distinction in the world of missions/mission boards. For example, we often hear these sincere but mis-guided questions:

  1. Titus sponsors and sends missionaries to the field, right?
  2. Titus raises money for missionaries to go to the field, right?
  3. Titus is the ultimate and final authority over your missionaries, right?

The answers are No...No...No.

Second, in order that churches, current and prospective missionaries, and missionary donor-partners can accurately understand what Titus is all about [purpose and function], here are some important job descriptions:

A. Titus facilitates. [makes actions and processes easier]. We walk applicants
and interns through the missions application and approval process. Then, we
assist them with pre-field ministry and in getting to their field of service.

B. Titus liasons. [communicates, cooperates to facilitate a close working
relationship between people and organizations]. We cultivate and aid in the
development of regular lines of communication between missionaries and their
individual or church donor-partners.

C. Titus advocates. [publicly speaks for, recommends and affirms]. We
hold up our missionaries to supporters and potential supporters, representing
their ministry and field of service in current supporting churches and in Bible
Colleges, plus endeavoring to recruit new missionaries to join/help them.

D. Titus encourages. [gives or instills confidence, courage; stimulates by
assistance, approval]. We affirm, bless and assist our missionaries by visiting
them on their field, connecting others with their work, and communicating with
them regularly by various forms of media (email, skype, FB Messenger, etc.).

E. Titus stewards. [assists in responsible planning and management of
another's resources, finances, possessions]. We research current field
conditions to help our missionaries set reasonable financial goals for
support-raising, as well as establishing guidelines that help them prepare for
their family's future on the field and beyond.

How do we serve these functions and fulfill these purposes?

  1. Maintaining a financial connection between missionaries and their partners--
    through Home Office staff accounting, receipting, communicating, reporting and
    transferring of funds, paying monthly bills, establishing support levels.
  2. Maintaining a legal connection between missionaries and governments,
    financial institutions, debtors, others to whom they must maintain
    accountability--with the help of Home Office staff missionary services.
  3. Maintaining a communications connection between missionaries and their
    churches, donor partners, prayer partners, and the Titus Home Office--by
    monitoring and keeping them informed about families, lives, ministries, and
    field conditions, as we receive ministry reports and other communication.

To sum it up, here at Titus we do what we can to:

  • Make the actions and processes of becoming a missionary easier [facilitate].
  • Communicate and cooperate to form a close working relationship between
    missionaries and individual/church donor partners [liaison].
  • Publicly support or recommend our missionaries whenever possible [advocate].
  • Inspire confidence, courage; stimulate by assistance and approval [encourage].
  • Assist our missionaries in responsible planning and management of resources,
    finances, possessions [steward].

Position Statement

  1. Separation: Believers are to be separated unto the Lord, which presupposes separation and clear distinctiveness. We are to humbly hold to Biblical doctrines and practices, maintaining personal and ecclesiastical separation from people, organizations and movements that do not hold those same orthodox Christian beliefs and practices.  Part of this involves Biblically exposing false teaching and movements, warning those involved in the movements, and others who may be influenced to join.  Extreme secondary separation is not implied herein. Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Cor. 5, 6; 2 Cor. 6; 2 Peter 2; Jude.
  2. Sexuality: Sexual intimacy between one man (husband) and one woman (wife), united in a Christian marriage/ covenant relationship, has always been God's only plan for His highest created beings.  Any other form or practice of sexual intimacy is immoral before God, and is clearly a perversion of His plan and gift to mankind. (Gen. 2:20-25; Romans 1;Titus 1, 2; 1 Cor. 7)
  3. Identification of ideological movements that are contrary to Titus’ orthodox Christian faith position:

Due to the speed of our culture and times, many movements, trends, personality cults and other groupings rise quickly, change names periodically, etc.  Therefore, without naming some individuals and their movements, let it suffice to say that the following (a,b,c,d below) are totally contrary to Titus' doctrinal and ministry positions. Therefore we (Titus missionaries, administration and staff) will not be a part of, nor able to be connected with/work in partnership with:

    1. Theological liberalism--denial or severe questioning of cardinal doctrines of the faith; higher criticism; re-definition of Bible terminology; re-interpretation of Biblical truth; and re-applying Scripture in ways other than originally intended. Examples of this would be liberation theology, syncretism, universalism, post-modern thinking. The National and World Councils of Churches would embrace these.
    2. Ecumenism--organizational unity of churches and religious organizations, without regard for Biblical truth. Unity is achieved through linking theological liberals with religious movements and peoples of other faiths in evangelism and other ministry outreaches. The Nat'l Assoc. of Evangelicals in the US and the World Evangelical Alliance around the world would embrace this.
    3. Non-cessationism--churches and movements that radically emphasize the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, specifically an individual who practices healing and/or speaking in tongues. Charismatic or spiritist movements emphasizing miracles and visions, extra-Biblical revelations and direction, fit this category.
    4. Relativism and post-modernism-- generally includes those who advocate no absolute truth, nor absolutes of any kind. Scripture is not considered by them as either God’s Word, nor final authority. Only parts of it, those parts that speak to you, are inspired, they say. Fitting into this group would be the ideologies of skepticism, relativism, pluralism, and constructivism. Churches and organizations in this group often refer to themselves as post-Christian, post-modern, affirming, diverse, emerging or emergent.

 

Philosophy

Clearly Understanding Terminologies With Regard to Titus International's Philosophy of Missions:

Who we are, what we do, how we do it, and the values that guide us in carrying out God's plans for Titus, are best communicated to others, and most clearly defined by us, when the following definitions are understood:

Missions:

Evangelism, discipleship, Bible-training, church-planting, facilitating, and starting other related ministries--among people-groups not native to the missionary's own geographic area. In addition, the full nationalization of these missionary efforts and ministries, as soon as is prudently possible.

Nationalization:

National ownership, leadership and sovereign independence over ministries within the country, people-group or geographic area where nationals live and minister.

Empowering:

Training, facilitating, delegating responsibility, blessing, promoting, affirming persons and their ownership of the work, and promoting God-dependent independence--all among nationals.

Enabling:

Producing dependence, subjugation, inferiority and resentment among nationals, by control, prominence and self-promotion.

Indigenous:

Self-supporting, self-propogating, self-governing (churches, ministries).

 

Titus International's Philosophy of Missions

  1. Fundamental Assumptions of a Biblical philosophy of missions--Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20
    • That missions is God's will and plan.
    • That the responsibility to carry out missions is equally upon all believers, all local churches, in all places.
    • That missions is equally God's work and man's.
    • That nationals are primary in reaching their own people-group.
    • That empowering them is God's plan.
    • That enabling them is Satan's plan.
  2. Values and Disciplines required for holding and carrying out a Biblical philosophy of missions
    • Accountability in all areas of personal life and ministry: to God, the local church, Titus, supporters, US and national co-workers, other brothers and sisters Christ.
    • Humility toward God, family, national and American co-workers, and the lost.
    • Obedience to God's Word as the final authority in all areas of doctrine and practice. Periodic self-examination and cross-examination--both personally and professionally.
    • Integrity in all spoken, financial and contractual matters.
    • Submission to authority and to other believers, including nationals.
  3. Personal Perspective necessary to fulfill a Biblical philosophy of missions
    • God's primacy in life--both personal relationship and obedience.
    • The importance of implicit obedience to His plan for evangelism, discipleship, teaching, facilitating, planting, empowering and nationalizing His work.
    • The need to treat nationals as equals/co-workers in every way.
    • Conviction of the importance of, and the explicit role of the missionary to empower nationals: Bible/leadership training, mentoring, facilitating, equipping, promoting, blessing and nationalizing their work.

 

Mission

At Titus, our mission can be summarized by three core statements:

  1. Obeying the Great Commission is the responsibility of all believers.
  2. Implementing the Great Commission is the responsibility of all local churches.
  3. Completing the Great Commission requires national Christian workers and indigenous national churches.

 

1. Obeying the Great Commission is the responsibility of all believers.

The Great Commission is a Divine directive to all believers everywhere. In order for every person to hear the Gospel, every Christian needs to share it. Regardless of the cost, hardships, or obstacles, world evangelism has been entrusted to all believers by our Master. Our mission is to spread the Gospel to the nations. Our desire is that the worldwide audience would hear and believe, thus joining us as committed followers of Christ.

2. Implementing the Great Commission is the responsibility of all local churches.

It is the responsibility of all local churches everywhere to obey the Great Commission with local and worldwide outreach. Individual local churches are the primary organizations that God has chosen to use to impact the nations. Each local assembly is gifted by God with human leaders, and is entrusted with the training and sending of workers into the harvest fields. The sending and supervision of that missionary workforce rests primarily on the local church and its authority.

Scripture also places great emphasis upon the believer's involvement in a local church. To that end, we work within the context of the local church. Everyone affiliated with Titus is active in and responsible to a local church. By choice, we all belong to churches that hold a conservative, fundamental approach to the Scriptures. We are servants in our local churches, and extensions of our supporting churches. Titus is fully committed to fulfilling the Great Commission through Great Commission local churches, and by establishing national churches that do the same.

3. Completing the Great Commission requires national Christian workers and indigenous national churches.

Since evangelism, discipleship and training comprise the Great Commission, our mission is not complete until every person on Earth has a witness for Christ among their own people, in their own culture and language, led by their own people. And that's called nationalization of the work. Surely, this should be the goal of every Biblical, worldwide missionary endeavor. And it is the stated aim of Titus International.

Because of this, Titus is different from many missions agencies. Our strong emphasis on training and developing national teams, and investing in national workers, is a Biblical and largely cost-effective way to carry out the Great Commission in our generation. It is not our intent to minimize the need for non-national missionaries. To the contrary, we believe and support the need for more foreign missionaries. However, we believe that their time is used most productively in teaching, training, and developing nationals.

Our strategic decision to focus on the reproduction of national Christian workers keeps us clearly centered on our mission and ultimate goal. It is our passion and purpose to do all that we can to assist national local churches in training, equipping and sending forth national Christian workers to plant their own churches among their own people. A grassroots movement of the Gospel into every nation, led by nationals, is clearly what the Lord desires, and what our mission requires. We invite you to join us in our mission.

History

THE TITUS INTERNATIONAL STORY

history

Pictured:

  • Left:  Dr. David Marcum, General Director 1991-2011.
  • Center:  Dr. LW Buddy Nichols, founder and first General Director, 1984-1991.
  • Right:  Hugh Davis, founding Board member, 1984-2011.

 

The story of Titus International began during a missions conference at Highland Park Baptist, in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Buddy Nichols sensed the Lord's clear direction to start Titus in 1984, as a para-missions organization. The focus would be helping American missionaries to train nationals to reach their world, mainly through video-based Bible courses, taught by TN Temple University professors. In those early years, over 100 missionaries used the courses on their fields of service.

In January 1991, Dr. Nichols became the President of TN Temple University, and Dr. David Marcum became Titus' second General Director. Marcum had experience as a church-planter in Japan, and had served as BIMI's Far East Director. During his first year as Director of Titus, he made the first of two-dozen trips to the former USSR. Moved by the urgent need for trained Christian workers, he began taking short-term teaching teams to Ukraine the next year. Then, in 1993, Titus transitioned from a support ministry, to a missions agency. But, the emphasis would always be the same—training nationals to reach their world.

Titus grew to 15 US-based missionary singles/families, and over 100 national workers, from 1991-Dec. 2011, when Dr. Marcum retired. And the growth continues! Though the majority of Titus' early ministry was born in Eastern Europe, current expansion is world-wide. Titus missionaries are now also working in the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East.

After Dr. Marcum's retirement in December 2011, Rev. Fred Bennett (Titus missionary since 1995) served as Interim Director for one year. Then in Dec. 2012, the Board of Directors asked him to become Titus' third General Director, which position he has held up to the present. During his tenure, Titus has added new missionaries to the Titus Family. In Feb. 2014, Titus opened a Titus Far East office in Manila, Philippines, under the leadership of missionary Tom Dennison, who later in '14 also began TFE's Missionary Training School.

Today and in the future our missionaries, Board of Directors, and missionary partners will continue to be committed to seizing every opportunity for mobilizing and training nationals to reach their world, until Jesus comes.

 

Doctrinal Statement


  1. Scripture: The inerrancy, infallibility, and verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, plus its absolute authority as the Word of God. God's complete preservation of His Word in full authority and power, through translations into different heart languages upon the Earth. Interpretation of the Word of God, by reliance upon the Spirit of God who inspired it, and using normal, literal, historical, cultural, exegetical,  and contextual methods of interpretation. The result of this combination would be a divinely-ordered record, by which God directs man according to His purpose. Salvation is always by grace, through faith in Christ's substitutionary atonement. (2 Peter 1:16-21; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; John 15:26, 27 + 16:12, 13) 
  2. The Godhead: One God, eternally existent as a Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in Person, co-identical in nature; co-equal in power and glory; and having the same attributes, authority and perfection. Known eternally by His multitude of names in Scripture, He is God above all other gods of this world. (Deut. 6:4-6; Exodus and Isaiah references to God as I am). He is sovereign, holy, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the creator, sustainer and ultimate ruler of this world.  
  3. The person and work of Christ: The eternal Son of God enfleshed Himself, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died as the payment for the sins of mankind.  He is perfect in person, fully God and fully man, though having had no Earthly father.  His death was efficacious, vicarious, substitutionary, and sacrificial. His total work was fully satisfying to Holy God. His literal and physical resurrection from the dead secured our justification by His appearance before the Father, where He is now making intercession for believers, as their great high priest. His literal, physical, and pre-millennial second coming will occur in the last days and is imminent. He will later return to Earth, at the end of the Tribulation, accompanied by believers, to set up His Millennial Kingdom. At that coming, every eye shall see Him.  (John 1 and 14; 1 Cor. 15; Rev. 19)  
  4. The person and work of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit of God presently convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He has an intercessory work in believers' prayers, and an indwelling, sanctifying work in believers' hearts, from salvation on and forever more.   He is a teacher and guide to eternal truth, for all believers. He also spiritually baptizes new believers into the Body of Christ, seals their salvation for eternity, comforts and strengthens them spiritually, and gifts them with His attributes and abilities to accomplish His will. Those spiritual gifts are given for the edification of believers, especially within the context of the local church. Early "sign gifts" passed away with the completion of inspired Scripture.  (John 14, 15, 16; 1 Cor. 12) 
  5. The total depravity of mankind: Though originally created in the image of God, mankind was rendered lost at the Fall of Adam and Eve. As such, men and women are also personally separated from God from conception on. Because of man's depravity, he is totally unable to save himself or come to Christ, except God the Father draw him (John 6:44) . Therefore, mankind apart from Christ is ultimately condemned to eternal, conscious punishment, separated from God-- first in Hell, and then in the Lake of Fire. (Romans 3; Psalm 14; Rev. 21) 
  6. The eternal salvation of believers: Salvation is by grace, through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, including His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven.   Salvation is eternally secure, based upon being sealed by the Holy Spirit. It was secured by Jesus' complete fulfillment of the New Covenant, through the shedding of His blood. Keeping His Word in that Covenant, God makes believers His own people, and becomes their God.  (John 3; Eph. 2; Jer. 31) 
  7. The Church: Founded by Christ, blessed by Him, and represented by NT local churches, which are organized bodies of believers, practicing Biblical ordinances (Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism by immersion). Local churches are to be places of spiritual gathering for worship, instruction, evangelism, edification and discipleship. They carry out the Great Commission, both locally, and by promoting church-planting and other missions outreaches to the world. (Joel 2; Acts 2) 
  8. Eternity: There will be a bodily resurrection of all mankind--the righteous to eternal life with the Lord, but the unrighteous to eternal death/separation from the Lord, first in Hell, and then in the Lake of Fire. Existence in either place will be literal, eternal, conscious, and physical. (John 5:25-29)
    Believers are now, at death, ushered into the presence of the Lord, where in conscious blessedness they await the first resurrection, when their bodies will be reunited with soul and spirit, to be forever with the Lord, existing in an everlasting body in the New Heaven and New Earth. (1 Thes.4:14-18)
    Unbelievers are now, at death, confined to Hell, separated from the presence of the Lord, where in conscious, physical torment and misery they await the second resurrection, at which time body, soul and spirit are reunited, to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, from there to be cast into the Lake of Fire, to suffer eternal, conscious torment and punishment.  (2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20)
  9. Satan: A created angelic being who rebelled against God, was cast out of heaven along with a host of angels who also rebelled from God. Being the author of sin, he introduced temptation onto the Earth, which led to the fall of the human race. He is the enemy of God and man. His position is as the god of the underworld and prince of the powers of the air. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 3, Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Rev. 20)
  10. Creation: The verbal, fiat and perfect action of God to bring into existence all that is material and spiritual. His creation was instantaneous, being accomplished in 6 literal, 24-hour days.  He has left evidence of Himself in His creation, in His Word, in the fossil record and in the spirit of man. (Gen.1, 2; Job 38-41)

 

Staff

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Fred Bennett
Director
 

 

 

 

Tina Holcombe, Ministry Assistant

 
 

 

 

Laura Welsh Administrative Assistant

Laura Welsh, Administrative Assistant

 

Board of Directors

 

Titus Executive Board

 

Rev. Roger Hunter (Board Chairman)
Pastor, Beulah Baptist Church
Oxford, PA

Mike McDonald (Board Secretary)
Grace Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Major Mike Allen
Director, Frontline Fellowship
Parkersburg, WV

Doug Cunningham
CFO BIMI
Chattanooga, TN

Pastor Tom Schreeder
Grace Baptist Church
Zachary, LA

Ed Smith
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Billings, MT

Rev. Ron Starcher
Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley
Youngstown, OH

Finance Committee / Co-Treasurers
Ed Smith
Doug Cunningham
Alan Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titus Advisory Board

 

Mike Reese (Advisory Board Chairman)
Grace Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Dr. Glenn Dix
Source of Light Ministries (Retired)
Madison, GA

Dr. Steve Euler
Grace Baptist Church (Retired)
Chattanooga, TN

Rev. Bill Fortner
Assistant Director, Frontline Fellowship
Chattanooga, TN

Rev. Glen Huguenin
Pastor, Berean Baptist Church
Hixson, TN

Pete Lafakis, Field Director
AMG Int'l
Chattanooga, TN

Mr. Jerry Lee
W. Rome Baptist Church
Rome, GA

Rev. Roger Parks
Pastor, Heritage Baptist Church
Prattville, AL

Rev. Alan Robinson, Pastor
Community Baptist Church
East Ridge, TN

Pastor Jim Sandberg
Tabor Church
Muncie, IN

Rev. Chuck Tanner, Missions Pastor
Silverdale Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Rev. Rod Winyard
First Community Church
Leavittsburg, OH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missionaries

Dale & Anabelle Barkubein
Philippines 
Duane & Daylin Beach
US Military in Germany
Fred & Beth Bennett
Jewish Ministry (USA)
John & Riza Christopher
Philippines
Jiwan Crawford
Limited-Access Country
Tom & Sue Dennison
Philippines
Keith & Diana Edwards
US Military in Germany
Masato & Miki Funakoshi
Ukraine
Gary & Janet Goodge
France
Florian & Colleen Gostner
Austria
Marek & Julie Hancik
Czech Republic
Daniel & Julie Kistenich
Austria
Vlad & Julia Kozoubovskii
Ukraine
Brent & Shelly Parschauer
Field Representative
Jordan Salisbury
Philippines
Vitaliy & Anne Sokol
Ukraine 
Jack & Jeannette Walker
Hispanic Church Planting / Pastor Training
Rebecca Welch
Liberia
Dr. Gerald & Kathy Whitely
Missionary-At-Large
Richard & Melinda Williams
Wales
Gerald & Kristin Ziemer
Romania
 

 

 

Contact Us


1515 McBrien Road
Chattanooga TN 37412

Phone:  423-867-7079 or 423-867-2604

Fax:  423-867-7263

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