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

The Word of God is Titus’ governing document and authority for all matters of faith and practice. Titus International, Titus missionaries, staff and Board members hold to the following positions regarding the topics listed below:


Separation [ROM 12:1,2; 1 COR. 5,6; 2 COR. 6; 2 PET 2; JUDE]

Believers are to be separated unto the Lord, which presupposes Biblical [not extreme secondary] separation, plus clear, Christian distinctiveness.
We are to humbly hold to Biblical doctrines and practices, maintaining personal purity and ecclesiastical separation from people, organizations and movements that do not hold orthodox Christian beliefs.
This separation intrinsically involves Biblically exposing false teaching, plus warning those involved in these movements [listed below].
Ideologies/Movements contrary to Titus’ orthodox Christian faith position--Due to quickly evolving cultures, many movements, trends, personality cults, and other groups rise quickly, often re-named. Since the following are totally contrary to Titus’s doctrine and ministry positions, Titus missionaries, administration and staff cannot partner with nor maintain a ministry working relationship with:
Theological Liberalism: denying cardinal doctrines of the faith; use of Higher Criticism; a demythologizing approach to Scripture embracing human reason over Divine Revelation.
Ecumenism: organizational unity of churches and religious organizations, without regard for Biblical Truth. Unity is achieved by joining theological liberals and peoples of other faiths, for ministry outreaches.
Radical Charismatics: churches that major on speaking in tongues [non-spoken, non-translatable languages], the Prosperity Gospel; Spiritism; extra-Biblical revelations, healing ministry.

Human Sexuality [GEN 2:20-25; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; LEV 18:1-30; ROM 1:26-29; 7:2; 1 COR 5:1- 6; 22,23; EPH 5:1 TH 4:1-8; HEB 13:4]

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 humans, and His gift to all mankind.
Any other form or practice of sexual intimacy [homosexuality, lesbianism, bi-sexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography] is immoral before God, being a clear perversion of His plan.
God disapproves of and forbids physically altering one’s gender by either surgery or change of outward appearance to a different sex.

Abortion [JOB 3:16; PS 51:5; 139:14-16; IS 44:24- 49:1; JER 1:5- 20:15-18; LK 1:44]

Since human life begins at conception, the unborn child is a living human.
Abortion is murder--the immoral taking of a human life.
Abortion of pregnancy as the result of rape and incest is murder.
Abortion of pregnancy because of birth defects in the fetus, for birth control, gender selection, population control, or for the physical or mental well-being of the mother, is also murder.

Euthanasia [EX 20:13; 23:7; MT. 5:21; ACTS 17:28]

The intentional taking of any innocent human life is immoral and is murder.
Life is a gift from God and must be respected from conception to grave.
Any act or omission which intentionally results in or causes death, even in order to eliminate human suffering, is contrary to God’s Word and is murder.

 

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

 

The Word of God is Titus’ governing document and authority for all matters of faith and practice. Titus International, Titus missionaries, staff and Board members believe the following Core Doctrines:


Scripture [2 PET 1:16-21; 2 TIM. 3:16,17; JN 15:26,27, 16:12,13; IS 40:8]

The Bible is inerrant and infallible, the verbally, plenary-inspired Word of God. It has absolute authority as God’s settled and final Word.
God has totally preserved His Word in full authority and power.
The interpretation of the Bible is by reliance upon the Holy Spirit, who inspired it, and by using normal, literal, historical, cultural, exegetical and contextual methods of interpretation.
The Word of God is a divinely-ordered and accurate record, by which God directs mankind, according to His purposes.

Godhead [DT 6:4-6; EX 3:14; JN 8:58]

There is one God, eternally existent as a Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Trinity is co-eternal in Person; co-identical in nature; co-equal in power and glory; and have 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.
God is sovereign, holy, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
God is the creator, sustainer, and ultimate ruler of the universe.

Christ [JN 1:1-14; 1 COR 15:12-28; REV 19:11-16]

The eternal Son of God enfleshed Himself, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin, exactly as prophesied.
He is perfect in person, fully God and fully man, with no earthly father.
He lived a sinless life, and died as the payment for the sins of mankind.
His death was efficacious, vicarious, substitutionary, sacrificial and totally satisfying to Holy God.
His physical and literal resurrection from the dead secured believers’ justification by His appearance before the Father, where He is now interceding for all believers as their great High Priest.
His literal, physical, and pre-millenial second coming will occur in the last days and is imminent. He will come to set up His millennial kingdom.

Holy Spirit [JN 14:15-17; 15:21-27; 16:7-11; 1 COR 12:1-31]

The Spirit of God 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.
He is a teacher and perfect guide to eternal truth.
He spiritually baptizes new believers into the Body of Christ, sealing their salvation for eternity.
He comforts and spiritually strengthens believers, gifting them with what is necessary to accomplish His will. These spiritual gifts are given for the orderly edification of believers, especially within the local church.

Sin [GEN 3:1-6; PS 14:1-7; JN 6:44; ROM 3:9-20, 10:13-17; REV 21:8; 1 COR 15:21,22]

Though man is created in the image of God, mankind was rendered lost at the Fall of Adam and Eve.
Men and women are personally separated from God, from conception.
Due to mankind’s depravity, people are unable to save themselves, nor can they come to salvation, unless the Father draws them, the Spirit convicts them, and the Word of God shows them.
Unregenerate mankind is separated from God, condemned to eternal, conscious punishment, first in Hell, and then in the Lake of Fire.

Salvation [JN 3:1-21; EPH 2:1-10; JER 31:31-37]

Salvation is by grace through faith in the substitutionary atonement and finished work of Christ, which includes His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven.
Salvation is eternally secure, being sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus completely fulfilled the New Covenant, having shed His blood as the payment for sin, whereby God makes believers His own people, and becomes their God.

The Church [MT 28:19,20; Acts 1:8-2:47, 6:1-7 and 13:1,2]

The universal church is a spiritual body of all believers--purchased, founded, and blessed by Christ. In Scripture it is called Christ’s Body.
It is visibly represented by NT local churches, which are organized bodies of believers, practicing Biblical ordinances [Communion and Believer’s Baptism].
Local churches are to be places of spiritual gathering for worship, Bible teaching, evangelism, discipleship, and edification. They are to carry out the Great Commission locally and globally, by promoting church-planting and other missions outreaches in the world.

Eternity [JN 5:25-29; 1 TH 4:14-18; 2 TH 1:7-9; REV 20]

There will be a bodily resurrection of all mankind--the righteous to eternal life with the Lord, 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 and conscious.
Believers who die are ushered immediately into the presence of the Lord, where in conscious blessedness they await the resurrection.
At the resurrection, believers’ bodies will be reunited with soul and spirit, forever to be with the Lord, existing in an everlasting body in the New Heaven and new Earth.
Unbelievers who die are confined to Hell, then resurrected to stand before the Lord at the Great White Throne Judgment. They will then be cast into the Lake of Fire, to be eternally separated from the presence of the Lord and suffering conscious torment and punishment.

Satan [GEN 3:1-15; IS 14:12-15; EZ 28:11-19; EPH 2:2; REV 20:7-10]

A created angelic being who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven, along with his host of fallen angels who also rebelled.
Being the author of sin, he is the evil one who introduced temptation and evil onto the Earth, which led to the fall of the human race.
He is the enemy of God and man, a wicked deceiver and prince of the powers of the air.
He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire, along with his host of fallen angels and all unbelievers.

Creation [GEN 1,2; JOB 38-41; ROM 1:19,20; EX 20:11]

The verbal, fiat, perfect, and literal action of God to bring into existence all that is material and spiritual.
His creation was instantaneous, being accomplished in six literal twenty-four hour days, as Scripture affirms in GEN 1,2.
The Creator has revealed His divine attributes through His creative activity.

 

Staff

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Fred Bennett
Director
 

 

 

 

Laura Welsh Administrative Assistant

Laura Welsh, Administrative Assistant
 

 

 

 

Tony Cicirello, Adminstrative Director

 

 

 

Janet Robinson, Ministry 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

Doug Cunningham
CFO BIMI
Chattanooga, TN

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

Pete Lafakis, Retired/Missionary-at-Large
AMG Int'l
Chattanooga, TN

Ed Smith
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Billings, MT

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

Rev. Ron Starcher
Pastor
First Baptist Church of Howland
Warren, OH

Finance Committee / Co-Treasurers
Treasurer, Bill Fortner
Ed Smith
Doug Cunningham
Alan Robinson
Jerry Lee

 

 

Titus Advisory Board

 

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

LT COL Mike Allen, US Army
Charleston, WV

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

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

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

Pastor Tom Schreeder
Church Planter in Armenia

Mark Summers
Community Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Diane Summers
Community Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Jennifer Tanner
Silverdale Baptist Church
Chattanooga, TN

Susan Whited
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 and Joci 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
 

 

 

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Chattanooga TN 37412

Phone:  423-867-7079 or 423-867-2604

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