Missionary Training Resources
“I think God is calling me to be a missionary. Where do I start?” That is one of the questions we hear most at conferences, church gatherings, and over coffee. There isn’t a quick and easy way to answer that question because there are so many factors to consider. We’ve taken those factors and collated them into the categories that follow. We pray you find this helpful. Please share with your missionary curious friends and leaders.
Everybody knows money matters, but not very many of us like talking about it. There are some cultures where talking about money seems easier than others, and there are people we know who seem to have conquered anxieties that seem inherent to most of us and concisely say what needs to be said. Read more about missionary support raising here.
We’re born and raised into language and culture. The environment we live in is the only framework we know for relating to people. Initially, engaging in cross-cultural ministry can be a real hurdle to how we relate the gospel to the people we meet on the mission field. As we go out, we need tools to help us reach outside of our own culture and reach into the culture of those where God has called us to serve. The resources in these posts are helpful and shareable. Read more here.
A small team of mature church members should be selected, given at least an introductory level of training for providing pastoral-type missionary care, and then overseen as they provide the ongoing spiritual and emotional nurture that the missionary will need for successful life and ministry. Read more about missionary care here.
When the leaders of a local church conclude that a specific ministry is an essential component and expression of their DNA as a local body of Christ, they will expend the time and resources necessary to ensure that a written policy is created to govern the way that ministry operates. Read more here.
You can go to the mission field prepared or un-prepared. Our desire is that you are as equipped as possible. These resources will help you to be sent well. Read more about pre-field information here.
“Missions is not the ‘ministry of choice’ for a few hyperactive Christians in the church. Missions is the purpose of the church”. -author unknown
This quote from an unknown source sums up the reason we need to be intentional about understanding the missionary heart of God. Read more here.
This is probably why so many mission organizations have taken to calling the missionary furlough a “home assignment.” While hopefully there is time to catch up with family and friends, coming to the States is not a break. For most missionaries, us included, furloughs certainly were not vacations or sabbaticals as some suggested to us. Read more about furlough and re-entry here.