Terms and Conditions Agreement
e3 Expedition Contract
By clicking “I agree to the trip terms and conditions”, I am indicating that I would like to participate in an e3 Partners Ministry Expedition, and I am committed to obtain all of the funds necessary to do so. I realize that all funds that I obtain for this Expedition are considered as charitable contributions to e3 (a non profit organization), and therefore are the property of e3, for federal income tax purposes to the extent permitted by law. Tax-deductible contributions will not be refunded.
I realize that all checks should be made payable to e3 Partner’s Fund at Pure Charity, P.O. Box 1053, Searcy, AR 72145. If you are a resident of Canada, all checks or money orders must be sent to: Emmanuel Baptist Charitable Foundation (EBCF), 171 Rothsay Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2B 3S6. All funds will be administered as a personal “e3 Expedition account” in my name for this Expedition. I understand that this account will be established upon approval of my application, and the receipt of a $100 non-refundable deposit. e3 may increase the price of this Expedition upon notice to team members.
If I am able to participate in the e3 Expedition, the Expedition price, established by e3, and any expenses incurred by e3 on my behalf for this e3 Expedition, will be deducted from my e3 Expedition account. I will submit:
- 50% of e3 Expedition price (after $100 deposit) at least 90 days prior to the Expedition departure date; and
- All remaining e3 Expedition price at least 30 days prior to the Expedition departure date.
In the event that e3 Expedition funds raised exceed the Expedition price by $200 or more, I understand that I may request such funds be applied as a non-refundable deposit toward a future e3 Expedition before the end of the next calendar year. These funds will be moved to an e3 pending account. No interest will accrue for funds left in an e3 pending account. Any funds not used by the end of the following calendar year will be used to further the mission of e3, and all records of my e3 pending account may be discarded. In the event that e3 Expedition funds raised exceed Expedition costs by less than $200, such excess funds may be used, by e3, to cover other e3 costs.
In the event that I do not participate in the e3 Expedition, or an Expedition is cancelled due to reasons outside of e3’s control (political turmoil, natural disaster, etc.), any expenses incurred for me or on my behalf (airline cancellation fees, deposits, etc.) will be deducted from my e3 Expedition account, and I will be responsible for any deficit. I will pay any deficit within fifteen (15) days following notice to me of the amount of such deficit. Any funds remaining in my e3 Expedition account, after all of my expenses are paid, may be used in the way described in the previous paragraph.
I am a Christian and believe that the Bible commands Christians to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian church (see Matthew 18: 15-20; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8). Therefore, I agree that any claim or dispute arising from or related to this Contract or any e3 Expedition in which I participate shall be settled by biblically based mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. All such mediation and arbitration shall take place in Dallas, Texas. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. I understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this Contract or any such e3 Expedition and I expressly waive any rights I have to file a lawsuit in any civil court for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision.
I grant to e3 Partners Ministry, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of me and my property in connection with the above-identified subject. I authorize e3 Partners Ministry, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that e3 Partners Ministry may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.
I desire to travel to one or more foreign countries in cooperation with e3 Partners Ministry for the purpose of participating in one or more e3 Expeditions organized by e3 Partners Ministry, or otherwise. On behalf of myself, my heirs, representatives and assigns, I hereby release and forever discharge e3 Partners Ministry, my church, their partners and affiliates, and their respective members, employees, officers, directors and representatives from and against any and all claims for any and all injuries (including death), losses or damages I might have or sustain on or in any way relating to any such e3 Expedition, any travel to, in and from any foreign countries or any stay in foreign countries, whether before, during or after an e3 Expedition or otherwise.
I understand that travel, particularly for mission purposes, may involve significant risks and that travel to some areas of the world involves greater health and safety risks than foreign travel in general. If I make changes in my flight itinerary, I understand that I am no longer under the responsibility of e3 Partners Ministry, and my travel insurance expires on the original scheduled date. I understand that it is my sole responsibility to gather whatever information I need in order to assess the risk involved in any travel, stay or other activity contemplated by this RELEASE. My signature on this RELEASE and my participation in any such activity means that I have to my full satisfaction obtained all information necessary for me to assess the risk and to participate willingly.
I am eighteen (18) years of age or older, and this RELEASE is binding on me and my executor, administrators, heirs and assigns.
I am a Christian and I understand that the Bible commands Christians to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian church (see Matthew 18:15-20; I Corinthians 6:1-8). Therefore, I agree with e3 Partners Ministry that any claim or dispute covered by, arising from or related to this RELEASE will be settled by biblically based mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. All such mediation and arbitration shall take place in Dallas, Texas. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. I agree with e3 Partners Ministry that such mediation and arbitration will be the sole means available to us for resolving any controversy or claim covered by, arising from or related to this RELEASE and that we expressly waive our rights to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent e3 Partners Ministry, or any released party, from asserting or pleading this RELEASE as a defense in any action or proceeding brought against e3 Partners Ministry, or any released party.
Biblical Unity on an e3 Expedition
THE GOAL OF UNITY.
The task of finally finishing the Great Commission is bigger than any one part of the Body of Christ. God wants to use the entire Body of Christ to finish this task. e3 Partners Ministry seeks to be an answer to the prayer Christ Himself prayed in John 17:20-21:
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word: that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
UNITY BASED ON TRUTH.
e3 Partners Ministry seeks to serve as a catalyst for spiritual, Biblical unity in the Body of Christ as we serve various parts of the Body to plant new churches. While we pray and work toward unity, we also are mindful of Paul’s caution in Galatians 1:8, 9:
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
STATEMENT OF FAITH.
Unity must be based on truth. Cooperation that results in a dilution or compromise of the essential truths of the Bible is ecumenism, not Holy Spirit-breathed Biblical unity. We seek to work with all those who believe in the following Statement of Faith:
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live godly lives.
We believe in the divine verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. The whole Bible, in the original manuscripts, is without error. As the revelation of God, we believe the Bible to be the sole authority and sufficiency with regard to Christian faith and practice.
We believe that man was originally created in the image of God. Adam fell through sin, and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life. This spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted. Thus every person is born into the world with a nature that is essentially and unchangeably sinful apart from divine grace.
We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. Our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus. We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ. No other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, faithful service, or manifestation of certain spiritual gifts, are to be added to believing as a condition of salvation.
e3 Expedition Policy
I realize that the following elements are crucial to the effectiveness, quality, and safety of our e3 Expedition together. As a member of the e3 Expedition Team, I agree to:
- Remember that I am a guest working at the invitation of a local pastor.
- Remember that I have come to learn, not to teach. I may run across procedures that I feel are inefficient, or attitudes that I find closed-minded. I will resist the temptation to inform our hosts about “how I do things.” I will be open to learning other people’s methods and ideas.
- Respect the host’s view of Christianity. I recognize that Christianity has many faces throughout the world, and that the purpose of this Expedition is to witness and experience faith lived out in a new setting.
- Develop and maintain a servant’s attitude toward all nationals and my teammates.
- Respect my Expedition leader(s) and his or her decisions.
- Refrain from gossip. I may be surprised at how each person will blossom when freed from the concern that others may be passing judgment.
- Refrain from complaining. I know that travel can present numerous unexpected and undesired circumstances, but the rewards of conquering such circumstances are innumerable. I will try to be creative and supportive.
- Respect the work that is going on in the country with the particular church(es) or person(s) with whom we are working. I realize that our Expedition is here for just a short while, but that the local church is here for the long term. I will respect their knowledge, insights, and instructions.
- Refrain from negative political comments or hostile discussions concerning our host country’s politics.
- Remember not to be exclusive in my relationships. If my close friend or spouse is on the Expedition, we will make every effort to interact with all members of the Expedition, not just one another.
- Refrain from any activity that could be construed as a romantic interest toward a national. I realize certain activities that seem innocent in my own culture may seem inappropriate in others.
- Abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages, the use of tobacco, or any un-Christ-like behavior while on the Expedition.