Category - Becoming 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
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6 Ways to Serve in Cross-Cultural Ministry Before the Mission Field
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Should You Pursue Missions During COVID-19?
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Ask TEAM: What is the Biblical Basis for Christian Missions?
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How to Raise Missionary Support During COVID-19

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

Innov-Asia Ministry
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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6 Ways to Serve in Cross-Cultural Ministry Before the Mission Field

Missionaries
The first step to serving God overseas is serving Him at home. Find out how these missionaries took their first steps! Photo courtesy of Kit Tischler.

If you’re the typical aspiring missionary, there’s a question you may be dreading: How are you making disciples in your everyday life? When you’re applying with quality missions agencies, the question is unavoidable. Before you go through the trouble of raising support, learning a new language and moving abroad, agencies want to know you have a good chance at success. “If a person isn’t involved in ministry and reaching out for the Lord back home, it will be even harder to do that when they arrive in a new culture,” says TEAM missionary Jann Vander Mey. But if you’re like…

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Should You Pursue Missions During COVID-19?

TEAM Christian missionaries ministering to a local kid in Mexico
COVID-19 is changing much about missions. But does that mean you should put your plans for cross-cultural ministry on hold?

For years, the missions community has talked about how the world is globalizing. We’ve told you it’s easier than ever to go abroad and live a life of cross-cultural service for God. But these days, travel isn’t so easy. If you had dreams of becoming a missionary before COVID-19, you might be wondering: Should I just wait to pursue missions until COVID-19 is over? What if I raise support and then have to cancel my short-term mission trip? What if the country I want to serve won’t let me in because of COVID-19 safeguards? They’re all reasonable concerns. Yet, God…

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Ask TEAM: What is the Biblical Basis for Christian Missions?

  Before we jump into the biblical basis for Christian missions, we need to make sure we’re working with the same definitions. First, let’s define the term “Christian missions” as the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus to all people everywhere. Second, we’ll define “biblical basis” as evidence in the Bible that God wants us to do or believe something. It’s not enough for an act to simply be found in the Bible. We need to see that the act has God’s endorsement. With these definitions, God’s call to global evangelism can be found from Genesis to Revelation….

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How to Raise Missionary Support During COVID-19

Money and face mask to illustrate raising missionary support during COVID-19
Raising missionary support is intimidating enough under normal circumstances. What do you need to know about doing during COVID-19? Photo by Bermix Studio.

Support raising is one of the most daunting parts of becoming a missionary — especially during an economic downturn. But according to TEAM stewardship coach Jennifer Nickels, it doesn’t have to be. With the right perspective, she says, raising missionary support can actually be a blessing. We sat down with Nickels to find out how to view support raising as a ministry and do it successfully in the midst of a global crisis. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Raising support is often one of the most intimidating parts of becoming a missionary. Why do you think…

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