Here’s a version of a scenario we’ve witnessed multiple times:
A potential missionary, or one already on the field, know beyond a doubt they are called. The home church clearly confirms the call. People who know and love the missionary agree there is a clear missionary call. When the same missionary begins the deputization process of communicating the call in writing or face to face, somehow the people not as close to the missionary do not catch the vision. The hearers appreciated and respected the missionaries for being willing to go to foreign lands, but the missionary left without the hearer being able to clearly understand what the purpose and proposition of going was all about.
This is why missionaries and home churches need a clear, concise and certain purpose and proposition statement before the missionary begins deputization and communicating of the vision. In many cases it may actually be needed for the church initially get behind the missionary.
- What is the primary work I’m called to?
- What is your primary purpose in the ministry?
- Whom do you primarily hope to help?
- What unique solution does your coming to the field offer?
- What do you hope to accomplish?
- Why are you going?
- What am I not called to do?
- Begin with a strong verb or gerund. For clarity, and those of us that struggled in English comp, a gerund is a noun that has been modified to become a verb. An example is Skyping.
- Include the main purpose for going and who you desire to help.
- Include what you hope to accomplish.
Here are good examples
- Drilling wells for churches, schools and communities in Kenya.
- Pastoral training among tribal people in Guatemala.
- Serving refugees in Turkey.
Here are better examples
- Bringing living water for physical and eternal life in Kenya.
- Training pastors to train other pastors to establish churches among indigenous peoples in Guatemala.
- Receiving refugees, providing the love of Christ, leaving hope and grace in Turkey.