Congratulations on your calling to be a missionary! It’s an exciting and fulfilling path, but it also requires careful consideration and preparation. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do next:
Determine Your Sending Option
As mentioned, there are five main options for being sent out as a missionary. Take some time to carefully consider each option and assess which one aligns best with your vision and goals for your missionary work. Research and learn about the pros and cons of each option to make an informed decision. Below are what I consider to be the Top 5 options for being sent out as a missionary.
1. Start Your Own Non-Profit (if applicable)
If you feel that starting your own non-profit organization is the right option for you, be prepared for the time, effort, and resources required to establish and maintain it. This option is suitable for missionaries who anticipate raising significant funds beyond their living expenses. However, it can be challenging and may not be recommended, especially in the early stages of your ministry.
2. Seek Support from Your Denomination
If you are part of a denomination with a strong missions focus and a healthy sending structure, this could be an excellent route for you. Learn more about how your denomination handles missions and find out what support and resources they can offer you.
3. Consider Joining a Missions Sending Agency
Joining a missions sending agency can provide a turnkey approach to missions with established visions, values, and goals. However, it’s essential to ensure that your specific mission and vision align with theirs. Take the time to research various missions sending agencies and understand their requirements and limitations.
4. Be Sent By Your Home Church
5. If your home church has a robust missions focus and actively supports missionary efforts, they might be willing to send you out as a missionary. Discuss your calling with your church leadership and explore the possibility of them providing both your spiritual covering and financial support.
Explore Partnering Missionary Organizations
If you have undergone ministry training and have a clear vision for your missionary work, but lack the non-profit status and resources for fundraising, consider partnering with missionary organizations like Modern Day Missions. A missions organization can provide the necessary support, financial services, and administrative assistance to help you thrive on the field.
Get Prepared Spiritually
Ensure that you have a strong spiritual foundation before embarking on your missionary journey. Seek peace and confidence in your calling, spend time in prayer and study, and deepen your relationship with God.
Inform your church, organization, family, and friends about your missionary calling. Seek their support and understanding, and keep them updated on your plans and progress.
Financial Preparedness and Fundraising
Create a solid plan for fundraising to support your missionary work. Understand the costs involved, set financial goals, and explore various fundraising strategies to ensure you are well-prepared financially.
Know When to Launch to the Mission Field
Timing is essential when launching into your missionary work. Consider factors like holidays, extreme weather conditions, the church or organizations that is receiving you and the team you will be working with closely. In addition, ensure your family is ready for the transition on every level and that you have financial stability before starting.
Remember, becoming a Christian missionary is a journey that requires dedication, faith, and preparation. Seek guidance from experienced mentors or missionaries, and continue to grow spiritually and professionally as you step into this calling. May your missionary work be fruitful and bring hope and love to those you serve.