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Frequently Asked Questions

IS SEND AFFILIATED WITH A DENOMINATION?

SEND is an evangelical, interdenominational, multinational Christian mission organization. We are not affiliated with a specific denomination. Our members come from many different denominations.

WILL I NEED TO RAISE SUPPORT?

Yes, raising support through partnership development is a part of the process. SEND provides an excellent platform for new missionaries to join mission teams around the world. While many services are provided, ongoing financial support comes through healthy partnership development. Our coaches will guide you along the way as you experience the sovereign provision of God.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO THROUGH SEND? ARE THERE PAID POSITIONS?

Costs depend on several variables including length of service and cost of living in a given location. At a typical job, your paycheck is only part of your overall salary package. An employer might also be paying for insurance, taxes, and travel—not to mention covering the costs of running the workplace and providing technology needed to do the job. As a SEND missionary, God will provide through your partner team so that you have the resources you need to effectively serve. 

COULD DEBT DELAY THE SENDING PROCESS?

While successful partner development will provide new missionaries with a modest livelihood, significant debt can add additional challenges to living as a missionary. SEND helps missionary applicants who have debt reduce it to a level that is manageable and feasible to repay. Our team will coach you through an intentional debt reduction journey to prepare you to be sent well. 

 
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MY SENDING/HOME CHURCH?

God has chosen the local church to be the primary means for fulfilling Christ’s commission; therefore, churches are primary in the sending process. At SEND, we ask sending churches to:

  • Affirm the call of an applicant who desires to move to a new culture as a missionary. 
  • Partner with us in assessing readiness for cross-cultural ministry.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and development in discipleship and ministry.
  • Join in the partner development journey.
  • Provide ongoing care and support after deployment. 
I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE A HOME CHURCH. IS THAT OKAY?

A home/sending church plays a vital role in your ongoing spiritual development and in missionary care. SEND will ask for affirmation from your local church early in the application process. 

WHAT IS SEND INTERNATIONAL’S ROLE IN SENDING MISSIONARIES?

SEND helps missionaries thrive in new cultures and places as they share the gospel and make disciples. In partnership with sending churches, SEND assesses overall readiness and provides coaching in partner development, expert training, logistical support, thriving teams, and ongoing member care.

WHAT SUPPORT OR BENEFITS DOES SEND PROVIDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SENT OUT?

SEND provides excellent support and benefits to missionary members, including: 

  • Teaming, accountability, and strategy development
  • Support-raising assistance
  • Development and training
  • Medical insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Missionary kid care and educational support 
  • Communication services
  • Donor support 
  • Crisis care and intervention 

Click here to read more about SEND’s member care benefits, which support the whole family.

 

DOES SEND OFFER ANY PRE-FIELD TRAINING?

Absolutely! New missionaries attend both missionary orientation and pre-deployment training provided by SEND. Based on assessment, the field location, and your desired role, our team may also facilitate other helpful training.

HOW WILL SEND HELP ME DETERMINE IF I AM READY TO GO? HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

During the application and assessment process, we will consider “The 5 Cs.” 

  • Calling: What is your motivation to go as a missionary and does your sending church affirm your call? 
  • Character: Do you have an ongoing desire to live as one who follows Jesus and to be conformed to his image?
  • Competence: Are there evidences of gifting, skills, education, and experience that will enable you to fulfill your desired role? 
  • Chemistry: Is there a good fit and alignment between SEND objectives, the team on the field, and the sending church’s mission focus? 
  • Coachability: Do you demonstrate an attitude of humble, ongoing learning and adaptability?  
COULD PHYSICAL OR HEALTH NEEDS PREVENT ME FROM GOING?

As a part of the application process, we will look at your desired field of ministry and assess both the physical demands of living there and the availability and quality of health care. Together, we will evaluate whether your particular health or physical needs could be met there.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR BEING SENT THROUGH SEND?

There are seven major milestones for mid-term or long-term missionaries. It generally takes 12-24 months after you first talk to a mission coach to complete this process.

  1. Application
  2. Church affirmation 
  3. Assessment
  4. Appointment
  5. Partner development
  6. Training and preparation
  7. Deployment
WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE LENGTHS OF SERVICE WITH SEND?

Short term: less than 1 year
Mid term: 1-3 years
Long term: more than 3 years

WILL I HAVE TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE?

Building relationships, sharing the gospel, and discipling new believers are at the core of missionary work. To relate and communicate effectively usually requires both language and culture learning, though your particular role, location, or background could prove an exception. Our teams will gladly walk alongside you each step of the way as you invest in learning so that you can share the love of Christ. 

DOES SEND HAVE TEAMS IN EVERY COUNTRY AROUND THE WORLD?

Although SEND continues to explore new opportunities to grow globally, we do not currently have teams in every country. We do have amazing partners who can provide teaming where SEND may not yet have work. We are happy to explore opportunities anywhere God may be leading you. Click here to find out where we have established teams.  

DO YOU SEND INDIVIDUALS OR TEAMS?

We place a high value on biblical community, healthy teams, and collaboration. We do not think it is wise to send individuals into a context where they will be alone in their new ministry, therefore we send new missionaries to join teams already on the field.