Tag - preparing for missions

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How to Become a Missionary
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How Do I Become Qualified for Missions?
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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field
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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy
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Why Missions Can’t Fix Your Relationship with God
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When It Comes to Missions, God Can Use Your Baby Steps
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What Do College Grads Have in Common with Retirees?
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Can Short-Term Ministry Have a Long-Term Impact? [September Prayer Focus]
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To Be a Missionary, Tell the Right Story
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Is Gen Z Ready for Serious Missions?

How to Become a Missionary

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Are you interested in becoming a missionary but don't know where to start? Look no further! We broke down the process into 5 main steps most missionaries go through!

The pursuit of becoming a missionary is ambiguous. It starts as a dream, and the process of taking it from a dream to reality includes a lot of little “next steps” that aren’t super clear.  In my role as a missions coach, that is exactly what I like to help people do. I help people take their best next step as they discern how God wants to use them in cross-cultural ministry. So, here is a simple overview of the main steps toward becoming a missionary. Talk with Your Church It’s easy to feel like cross-cultural mission work is an…

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How Do I Become Qualified for Missions?

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What does it really take to be a missionary? Keep reading to see some of the qualifications for being successful on the field!

As a missions coach, one of the questions I receive is, “What do I need to do to be qualified for missions?”  Many people nail down the “who” and the “where” before they address the “what” in their missionary call. But as one missionary in the Middle East, Neena*, explains, “Our ‘call’ to another country does not exempt us from any further duties.” When it comes to being effective cross-cultural witnesses, being strategically equipped is just as important has having a personal calling. For some, that equipping means attending seminary to be the best church leader you can be. For…

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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field

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Every missionary has to learn new cultures. But what if those cultural differences go deeper than you imagined? Learn about this and three other missionary lessons!

Recently, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of becoming a TEAM missionary in Taiwan. Each year has been quite different, with its own share of surprises, disappointments and small victories. Today, I’m sharing four missionary lessons I’ve learned along the way. 1. Metacultural differences in thinking can go deeper than we expect. Through years of cross-cultural learning and teamwork in Taiwan, I’ve realized I didn’t simply cross from one culture to another but moved into a whole different neighborhood of national and local cultures. It’s a different metacultural context. We generally understand cultural differences by taking the way we would think…

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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy

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What does it take to be a church planter? Find out as one TEAM missionary couple shares their church planting strategy!

“The word that sticks in my mind is walls,” TEAM missionary David North told his wife, Kathy when they scouted out the location of their last church plant. “There are cement walls everywhere, it’s industrial, it’s dirty, it’s gray, but there are also spiritual walls.” When David and Kathy moved to the Filipino city of Mandaue they could feel an overwhelming darkness. But still, they moved. David and Kathy North have been church planters for over 20 years and have successfully planted several churches. They are champions for growing the Kingdom. But it hasn’t always been an easy road. Several times…

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Why Missions Can’t Fix Your Relationship with God

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As a missionary, what does it look like to really deepen your relationship with God? Keep reading to discover ways to rest in His grace.

I listened as a seasoned missionary, more educated than myself, shared from his heart. He leaned forward and asked a question I wasn’t expecting: “Mike, what does it really mean to be loved by God?” I fumbled for a moment under the inner pressure to respond with just the right theological answer. Thankfully, I hesitated and replied honestly: “I’m not totally sure. I am still learning that myself.” The missionary leaned back with a sigh of relief and said, “Thank you. I was so afraid you were going to give me a formula.” Since then, I’ve met with many successful…

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When It Comes to Missions, God Can Use Your Baby Steps

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Kiersten knew she was called to missions. But that meant facing her fears in order to get there. Read what God taught her throughout her missionary journey!

Kiersten Hutchinson was the perfect missionary candidate: She’d gone on short-term mission trips for years. She attended the Urbana missions conference, not once but twice. She led her church’s mission board and ran missions conferences. “If anyone asked about me, it was, ‘Oh yeah, she’s well on her way to missions,’” Kiersten says. “You know, no questions.” And that’s what Kiersten thought, too. Until it was actually time for her first two-year assignment. Suddenly, the confident 20-something was gripped with fear that wouldn’t budge. Two years in Zimbabwe was simply too much. And soon, she called her sending agency, TEAM,…

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What Do College Grads Have in Common with Retirees?

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Read how five individuals prove that anyone can become a short-term missionary — regardless of life stage. Photo courtesy of the David and Jan Fitzgerald.

A recent college graduate, a young married couple and a nearly retired couple wouldn’t typically have a lot in common. Gen Z-ers are just starting their careers and learning how to live as independent adults. Millennials are navigating buying houses, settling down and maybe even starting a new family. Baby Boomers are considering what life looks like after retirement and trying to decide how they will spend their post-career years. And yet, they do share one big thing: God is using them in short-term missions. A Couple with a House, Careers — and a Calling Going on a short-term mission…

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Can Short-Term Ministry Have a Long-Term Impact? [September Prayer Focus]

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As we celebrate 50 years of short-term ministry at TEAM, please ask God to provide more short-term workers for a long-term impact.

Eight years ago, TEAM missionaries in Tokyo leased the site for what would become the SonRise Cafe. The vision was to create a missional coffee shop, where people could feel welcome — and get to hear the Gospel. But the only structure that stood there was a concrete shell. They needed pretty much everything, from floors and ceilings to kitchen cabinets. How would they get it all done? Their time was eaten up by other ministries. And then there was the matter of funds. It was impossible for them to accomplish on their own. That’s when five men from the…

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To Be a Missionary, Tell the Right Story

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What does it take to be a missionary? Is it about having the right training, vision or passion — or is there something more?

So, you want to know if you have what it takes to be a missionary? Well, brace yourself. Everyone has an opinion. Some folks will tell you all it takes is the right training. Others may tell you that it takes the right passion. Still, more good-intentioned people will say that the right vision is all you need. But rather than the right training, passion or vision, we must start with the right story. We humans like to talk about ourselves. If we start with ourselves, though, we’ll never have what it takes to be a missionary. A missionary is…

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Is Gen Z Ready for Serious Missions?

Generation Z
Who is Generation Z and how will they impact the future of missions? Find out as we uncover traits of these upcoming world-changers.

Have you ever been fearful about the future of missions? Anxiously wondered if these next generations will carry on the vision God has so clearly given? We all know those worries and fears need to be given over the Jesus, to acknowledge that the work is being done by the Holy Spirit and we aren’t in control. But sometimes it’s helpful to be encouraged in our doubts and questions. It helps us refute the lies of the enemy, and it allows us to participate in God’s work with this next generation through prayer and mentoring. I serve as a missions…

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