Category - Becoming a Missionary

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Ministry Before Missions: 5 Reasons to Think Local Before You Go Global
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Questions to Ask a Missions Organization
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10 Not-So-Silly Questions You May Have About Missions
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5 Things to Expect Your First Year as a Missionary
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How Long Should I Be a Missionary?
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I Could Have Killed a Ministry Moment — Without Cross-Cultural Training
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Innov-Asia: A Short-Term Mission to the Ends of the Earth
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Ask TEAM: What’s the Point of Short-Term Mission Trips?
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Ask TEAM: How Do Missionaries Get Paid?
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How to Be a Missionary with Student Debt

Ministry Before Missions: 5 Reasons to Think Local Before You Go Global

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Have a heart for overseas missions? Serving in your own community is a great place to start.

For many future missionaries, God’s calling to mission work can create an unnecessary sense of urgency. The desire to GO as soon as possible may cause an emotional decision to pursue cross-cultural missions right away without proper preparation. The result can be culture shock and difficulties adjusting to life on the mission field.  Seasoned missionaries offer great advice to avoid this pitfall: think local before you go global. Taking the time to invest in local ministries that relate to the type of mission work you want to do will go a long way toward preparing you for the field. There…

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Questions to Ask a Missions Organization

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When choosing what organization can best help you fulfill your missions calling, it’s important to know what questions to ask.

If you’re considering becoming a missionary, one of the first steps you’ll take is choosing what sending organization to partner with. “Why do I need a missions organization?” you may ask. This is a big question that a missions coach can answer best. But the short version is that missions organizations like TEAM will train and equip you to serve, support you each step of the way and provide an infrastructure that will maximize your effectiveness in missions. So then, the next question is obvious. Which organization do I choose? This is another complex question that we can talk through…

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10 Not-So-Silly Questions You May Have About Missions

Common questions from potential missionaries
When it comes to entering the mission field, there are no silly questions.

Growing up I had a high school teacher with a poster in his class that read, “The only silly question is the one you didn’t ask.” In Mr. Johnson’s case, this referred to the complex world of algebra, but for potential missionaries, the dilemma can be the same. If you’re considering going to the mission field, you’ve likely already thought about the “big” questions – what type of ministry you’ll do, where you’ll go, etc. But often, potential missionaries wonder about the day-to-day aspects of missionary life as well. Maybe you have some of these details swirling around in your…

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5 Things to Expect Your First Year as a Missionary

Your first year as missionary is less about bold ministry than it is about diligent studying and acclimation.
Your first year as missionary is less about bold ministry than it is about diligent studying and acclimation.

“Your goal for the first term is to survive and want to come back.” When Eric Binion got this advice, he was a new missionary in South Africa. And at first, it sounded as absurd to him as it probably sounds to you. Eric already wanted to be in South Africa. Plus, a missionary’s first term is generally four years in-country. After language school, you still have two years to dedicate fully to ministry. Why aim for such a low goal? Decades later, Eric is giving the same advice. So, what should you expect your first year as a missionary?…

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How Long Should I Be a Missionary?

How do you know if God is calling you to long-term missions? Who are the best candidates for short-term mission trips? We’ve got answers.
How do you know if God is calling you to long-term missions? Who are the best candidates for short-term mission trips? We’ve got answers.

The journey of pursuing missions is unique for each person. God is personal and above all, and He is able to orchestrate all the details of a missionary’s life for His honor and glory. And yet, as you pursue cross-cultural Christian missions, you might find yourself stuck on this question: How long should you commit to overseas missions service? Is there really a valuable difference between short-term missions or a mid-term assignment? Should you just jump into long-term missions and commit your foreseeable future to overseas work? As a TEAM missions coach, I regularly help people walk through these questions,…

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I Could Have Killed a Ministry Moment — Without Cross-Cultural Training

Muslim woman stands in French park, representing a situation in which cross-cultural training would be vital
When you minister to immigrants in a foreign country, cultural blunders are easy to make. You need the right cross-cultural training to give you a strong foundation for service.

Without cross-cultural training, it’s easy for a new missionary to make costly mistakes. Mine could have been losing a friendship over a bowl of couscous. When my husband and I sensed God calling us to serve overseas, we weren’t seminary educated. We had traveled to over 15 countries together, but that was just enough for us to know we weren’t equipped to sustain a successful career as missionaries. Then we heard about Launch, a two-year, intensive internship in southern France. While living amongst North African immigrants, interns are trained in three areas: How to be a living testimony in a…

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Innov-Asia: A Short-Term Mission to the Ends of the Earth

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Innov-Asia is a chance to dive into ministry among unreached people groups throughout Asia.

One quarter of the world’s people are outside the normal reach of the Church. If you want to engage these unreached people groups, how do you do it? Innov-Asia is a short-term mission trip designed to help aspiring missionaries see that life and service at the ends of the earth is doable. It requires creativity, innovation and a willingness to live outside your comfort zone. Serving Unreached People Groups through Innovation Some workers live in unusual places, while others start new businesses. Some use arts and music, while others work on translation projects. Jackson and Diane chose to open a…

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Ask TEAM: What’s the Point of Short-Term Mission Trips?

Teens stand in a circle around a horse at Rancho el Camino, where many short-term missionaries serve
There are more opportunities than ever before to serve in short-term missions. But before you go, you need to know the purpose.

Short-term mission trips are often misunderstood to be humanitarian vacations. You get to go somewhere exotic, feel good helping people and come home with some good stories. The focus is all very … well, short-term. But the point of short-term mission trips is to create long-term outcomes. They should shape how the short-termer understands God’s mission and their place in it. They should provide personal growth. They should provide aid to long-term workers. And they should help make a lasting impact on the community visited. Let’s dive into each of these advantages to short-term mission trips done well: 1. Short-Term…

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Ask TEAM: How Do Missionaries Get Paid?

How Do Missionaries Get Paid?
Missions is no ordinary job — and that’s true even when it comes to the paycheck. So, how do missionaries get paid during their service?

When we picture missionaries, we often think of simple lives, free of material pursuits, focused entirely on God. But even the most frugal, godly missionary has to pay for airfare, language classes and every other normal expense of daily living. So, where does a missionary’s money come from? There are two main ways missionaries get paid: a salary or self-funding. Missions agencies generally choose one for all of their missionaries to use. And while there are pros and cons to both models, the goal is the same: to bring God’s salvation message to the ends of the earth. Missionaries Who…

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How to Be a Missionary with Student Debt

Let’s start with the good news: The world is full of missionaries who are happily serving in ministry while paying off their student debt. They aren’t all stellar financial planners, and they aren’t living in poverty to make it happen. In other words, you can be one of them. The tips I’m about to give you are simple and practical. I’m not going to tell you what to do, because every situation is different, and I am not a financial advisor. But I will share what’s worked for missionaries before you and share resources created for nonprofit workers. I’ll also…

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