Paid Supported Missionaries
There are several main models of how to work with Ratio Christi.
1) Many Ratio Christi Chapter Directors or project managers are 'tent-makers' (bi-vocational volunteers) that work in careers outside of the Ratio Christi ministry and do not raise financial support through Ratio Christi. There are also a number of university faculty members that serve as the Chapter Directors at their university.
2) Apologists that serve as a chapter director at a university or in other functions for the Ratio Christi mission may also become a paid 'Supported Missionary.' Ratio Christi is a faith-based mission’s organization. Becoming a full-time or part-time apologist/missionary involves not only meeting the standards for an apologist, but also raising funds to cover the financial needs of the Ratio Christi ministry. Similar to the model developed by many missionary organizations, apologists will need to build a team of financial supporters (individuals, churches, etc.) to cover the entire cost of a local Ratio Christi ministry—including the cost for their own compensation, benefits, and expenses. Ratio Christi has in place methods to help people raise the finances including detailed training, resources, technology, and personal assistance. We want to do as much as we can to help make people successful in raising the support. Though some will choose to remain as “tent makers,” we invite you to join the "Supported Missionary" program so that you can support yourself and your families through vocational ministry work with Ratio Christi.
If you decide to pursue the Supported Missionary program model, you will need to talk with a Ratio Christi staff member after which you will have to fill out an application and provide references.
3) You may also participate with Ratio Christi as a team member supporting the chapter in a number of ways such as faculty adviser, occasional teacher, student mentor, topical expert, event coordinator, administrative help, prayer team, church support, church liaison, or other. These are part time volunteer positions.
More on How Supported Missionaries are Paid
Apologists or contractors that serve as a Chapter Director at a university or in other functions for the Ratio Christi mission may become a Supported Missionary (SM) for Ratio Christi, also known technically by the IRS as a “deputized fundraiser.” These positions may be either full time or part time. A SM must be a trained apologist, and must serve as a Chapter Director at a university or in other functions as Ratio Christi may deem necessary to the completion of its mission.
Ratio Christi is a faith-based mission’s organization. Becoming a full-time or part-time apologist/missionary involves not only meeting the standards for as an apologist, but also raising funds to cover the financial needs of the local Ratio Christi ministry.
Most members of the Ratio Christi team, including the president, are responsible for building a team of individuals and churches who work together to finance the ministry of Ratio Christi. Just as the pastor of a local church is compensated through the generous giving of his congregation, we are compensated by the generous giving of our ministry partners. Though our partners may be spread across the nation the principle is the same. There will be some members of the Ratio Christi team that are exceptions to this policy including limited support roles (such as administrative assistance, accounting, IT, etc.) and outside contract services.
There are many advantages to this financial strategy. The most significant advantage is that our "ministry partners" commit themselves to praying for our ministry. Psalm 127:1 tells us, "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder’s labor in vain." Because God’s direction and control is essential, a ministry that is not founded upon and supported by prayer is a ministry that is doomed to failure. Therefore, our ministry partners play a critical role in the success of our ministry, not only through their financial giving, but more importantly through their prayers.
Ratio Christi organizes training for new Supported Missionaries. The training will provide them with the tools each person will need to communicate about our ministry to raise funds. An intensive training course through the Center for Mission Mobilization regarding support team development will be required prior to starting in a position as a paid apologist/missionary. Each apologist receives individual coaching, support and accountability throughout the support team building process. The apologists will use this relationship based fundraising program to build life-long donors. These donors are considered partners of the ministry of Ratio Christi and the support team of the apologists/missionary. They will be treated with the greatest respect and will hopefully be life-long friends and prayer partners.
[Taken from the Ratio Christi "Supported Missionary Manual" and Cru (used with permission)]