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ASK A MISSIONARY
A unique web site where you can ask a question, share and answer and learn from missionaries
PREPARING TO GO
A great set of pages dedicated to helping potential missionary candidates find all they need to make it to the field.
CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTER PROFILE (from the e-book, Send Me!, which you can find under Preparation>>Articles below)
These charts can help a possible missionary candidate discern whether or not they are called to be a missionary. Churches can use them 1) in their role of discerning who is called to be a missionary, 2) as a guide to how well equipped and fit their candidates are for the field, and 3) what steps they need to take to see their candidates are as best equipped and ready for the field as possible.
THE MISSIONARY CALL by Oswald J. Smith
An article from one of the greatest mission mobilizers of the past century.
MISSIONS TO THE 10/40 WINDOW AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH by Chacko Thomas
As a Missions Mobiliser, I have had to address the subject of “Missions to the 10/40 window after Tuesday, September 11th” in several meetings in the last few weeks. Humanly speaking this attack and the events that followed could not have happened at a worse time for Christian mission. It looked as though they would cause a major setback to the momentous progress of mission in many nations. Great concern has been shown for the safety of the many mission workers and national believers in the window. Many Christians all over the world have been praying. God is answering those prayers and it seems that, once again, what was meant for evil is being turned around for good.
PREPARATION (see also TRAINING RESOURCES below)
SEND ME! by Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor
This is essentially an e-book version of Hoke & Taylor’s book, chapter by chapter. For a brief overview of this book, see Hoke & Taylor’s article: Charting Your Journey to the Nations. Note: The updated version of this book is now called: Global Mission Handbook and is not available as an e-book.
I THINK GOD WANTS ME TO BE A MISSIONARY by Neal Pirolo
Prompted by the high attrition rate of missionaries who do not first “count the cost” of cross-cultural ministry, Neal Pirolo offers this book to help candidates look closely at scores of issues that should be clarified long before they say, “Good-bye.”
ON BEING A MISSIONARY by Thomas Hale
On Being a Missionary is not designed to be a theoretical textbook. It does not put forward new theses, new approaches to mission, nor does it attempt to break new ground. In a very readable way the author presents the ideas, experiences, and insights of over one hundred missionary writers. (Click here for two Amazon customer reviews)
CROSS-CULTURAL SERVANTHOOD: SERVING THE WORLD IN CHRISTLIKE HUMILITY by Duane Elmer
Whether you’re going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.
CHARTING YOUR JOURNEY TO THE NATIONS by Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor
A four-page article version of Hoke & Taylor’s Send Me! (listed above), provides concise insights into the steps a missionary candidate should take in the process of getting to the field.
FUTURE MISSIONARY CLUBS BROCHURE
This new and promising development is something every pre-candidate should consider as a key means of encouragement for making it to the field.
THE ROAD TO THE FIELD: LOCAL CHURCH BASED MISSIONARY PREPARATION A series of articles from ACMC’s Mobilizer Quarterly Fall 2001
HOW TO PREPARE TO BECOME A MISSIONARY
This article from MissionaryResources.com also contains advice for missionary candidates submitted by additional sources.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MISSION AGENCY by the Traveling Team
Where most articles on this subject are written by mission agencies, this three page pdf (lesson 9 of an online missions study) offers an impartial view on this critical topic.
STAGES OF MISSIONARY DEVELOPMENT: A STUDY IN CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT by Glenn J. Schwartz
This paper is an attempt to bring to light some of the symptoms, causes and cures for the culture shock experienced by cross-cultural workers. The symptoms are many and the stress is real. The effects must not be minimized. Also, of great importance, it must be remembered that culture shock should be viewed as curable, not a terminal illness.
CULTURE SHOCK, WE DON’T HAVE IT by Marti Smith
“I wasn’t sure why Americans (and others) are so reluctant to recognize their own culture shock. But as the group chatted we came up with a couple of theories …”
CASE STUDIES OF PROBLEM SOLVING IN A CROSS-CULTURAL CONTEXT
Dr. Culbertson is presently missionary-in-residence at Southern Nazarene University where he teaches missions. He also facilitates an extensive web site on mission-related information for his students, including the above title.
PREFIELD TRAINING by Xenos Christian Fellowship
Five phases for missionary preparation.
CAN LOCAL CHURCHES EFFECTIVELY SELECT AND CARE FOR MISSIONARIES? by Gailyn Van Rheenan
It can generally be said that missionary societies exist because missions leaders of local churches are unable to understand and implement world missions. I have often heard the question “Can local church leaders with a limited understanding of missions and the world effectively strategize for world missions?” The answer to this question depends on the equipping of the local church to implement world missions.
STUDENT DEBT AND MISSIONARY SERVICE (Three articles from Mission Frontiers magazine, July/August 2004)
* Student Debt: A Hurdle too High for Impact Missionaries by Ben Sells
* What are Mission Agencies Saying and Doing about Student Debt? by Darrell Dorr
* Release the Indentured Generation! by Linda Dorr
See: SUPPORT RAISING
[GUIDE TO SCHOOLS]
MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA
Ranging from a certificate in missions to a Ph.D.
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PARTNERS
ITP provides practical, interactive, biblical training for Christians from around the world, equipping Christ’s servants to relate effectively in cross cultural contexts with others.
Global partnerships, churches and agencies, hundreds of years of cumulative experience, a multi-racial, interdenominational board make up the personnel resources of Elijah Company, Inc.
MISSIONARY TRAINING SERVICE
The MTS is currently producing a series of missionary training guides especially appropriate for tentmakers.
The Next Step: North American Partnership in Mission Training is a working partnership of evangelical North American churches, mission agencies, mission trainers and mission mobilizers who are committed to equipping Christian workers in the areas of character, ministry skills and knowledge for effective cross-cultural ministry.
MISSION TRAINING INTERNATIONAL
Since 1954 more than 14,000 missionaries and their children have received MTI’s specialized, pre-field training. Each year more than 150 evangelical sending agencies are impacted by MTI’s programs, workshops or conferences.
WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP
WRG provides training in cross-cultural church planting methodolgies based on a worldview approach to ministry.
THE JOURNEY DEEPENS
This weekend is about being in passionate pursuit of: 1) developing a closer relationship with God, 2) praying for God’s glory to come to all peoples, 3) discovering whether God is calling you to become a missionary or serve as a sender. The retreat includes worship, life-changing speakers, powerpoint presentations, small group discussion and prayer, Q & A with experienced missionaries, bookstore, personal reflection and prayer.
SEND ME! YOUR JOURNAL TO THE NATIONS by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor
Urbana.org, with the permission of World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), has reprinted portions of Send Me! for easy, online use.
WHY OVERSEAS MISSIONARY TRAINING WORKS: SWIMMING IS BEST LEARNED WET by Roger Charles|
Rice paddies surrounded the seminary where Dirk studied church planting. Friends debated the theory and practice of Muslim evangelism over heaping bowls of rice and chili peppers. The competing melodies of Indonesian church music and the call to prayer at a dozen nearby josques set the mood for his theological studies. Crowded dorms and buses and the lack of clocks and electricity taught Dirk volumes about the values and realities of ministry in another culture. The farmers in his village church grew to respect the foreigner who was first a learner, then a teacher.
See: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION