Exploring the missions call

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Calling? Finances? Which agency?
The path into missions is littered with questions.

Let's first explore the missionary call. The Bible teaches that every believer’s life-purpose is to obey and glorify God. Cross-cultural ministry is closely tied to this purpose. “Mission exists because worship doesn’t,” says John Piper in Let the Nations Be Glad. The Great Commission says in Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …” Although it doesn’t say “This is God’s will for YOU,” it is a general command to all believers to have some involvement in reaching the world through praying, giving or going.

Which part should you play? Knowing if God is calling you cross-culturally is both objective and subjective. Objective questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you aware of world needs?
  • Have you identified your spiritual gifts and abilities?
  • How consistent is your walk with God?
  • What is your track record and experience in ministry?
  • Do you have the necessary interpersonal skills for cross-cultural ministry?
  • Do you have adequate training, especially in Bible?
  • How is your physical health and energy level?

Subjective questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you sense God is leading you into cross-cultural missions?
  • How do you support this biblically?
  • Have you prayed consistently about this?
  • Has God given you circumstantial evidence?
  • Do you have peace of mind about this?
  • Do others confirm your interests when you share your burden for the lost?
  • Does your church confirm your call?

God speaks in many ways. Instead of waiting for a dramatic call, commit yourself to seek God’s leading and guidance and trust him to lead! God doesn’t give maps, but he does give you a compass. You may feel stepping out in faith is too risky, so ask mature believers and spiritual mentors for their guidance. God’s Word and the church will help you make decisions.

If you are ready to move ahead and take the next step, it is time to talk with several people: your pastor, a mission representative, missionaries you know, and other mature Christians. Want to know more? Connect with a mobilizer in your area. We’d love to hear from you!