The primary focus of our mission emphasis is international and often involves the placement of resident staff members. US staff are sent for one of two reasons; to either initiate ministry where little or no work has been done, or to facilitate the multiplication of our efforts in areas where work is underway. Staff members are to serve as catalysts in both situations seeking to multiply themselves in others while working themselves out of a job.
While the task of making and multiplying disciples is central to ministry, other skills and abilities can serve to strengthen one’s ministry and open doors to countries closed to conventional ministry approaches. Applicants with business, education, technical, development and medical experience are a tremendous asset.
Requirements for Career Workers
Along with the counsel of a pastor and local church, applicants are encouraged to prayerfully consider whether or not God is leading them to cross-cultural ministry. Serving cross-culturally is uniquely challenging and requires specific skills, abilities and calling. In assessing the appropriateness of an applicant for service, we look for the following to be in evidence:
- The unmistakable leading of the Holy Spirit – confirmed by others and enduring regardless of time or circumstance.
- The evidence of a life-transforming relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior – a hunger for more of Him and active participation in community with other believers.
- Obedience to the commands of Christ to love Him, others and in so doing, make disciples.
- A willingness to learn, both formally and informally. While we recognize the benefit of degrees and credentials, it also values integrity, credibility and desire to be a life-long learner.
- Agreement with our Articles of Faith and philosophical statements related to ministry and mission.
- The ability to live and minister effectively where conditions demand a high degree of patience, persistence, adaptability and creativity.
- U.S. Citizenship (We do not have the means to legally employ citizens of foreign countries.
It has never been easier to travel the globe than it is today. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to utilize their gifts and abilities to advance the work of our staff and national partners around the world. Careful planning and preparation is provided to ensure efforts are well placed and meaningful ministry occurs for all involved.
Teams are often formed by local churches, colleges or at the request of a particular field. Opportunities are also provided through our office. If you have a particular interest or specific that you would like to offer, contact our office to request an application. The information you provide will help match your interest and skills to a particular need either immediately or in the future.
Five types of service opportunities are available:
- Ministry Teams – meet specific needs while at the same time providing opportunity for participants to “test the waters” for future ministry. Generally, teams are made up of younger volunteers (high school, college student or young adult), but there are certainly no age limits. Ministry teams may use sports, music, mime, puppets, activities for children and youth or English tutoring as vehicles for ministry.
- Medical Teams – offer medical care and assistance in areas where development is required and resources are not abundant. We are constantly looking for health care professionals and nurses in all fields of medicine, dentistry and optometry to help provide the healing touch of God in hurting peoples’ lives.
- Prayer Teams – provide spiritual intercession while “on-site.” These teams are usually smaller groups that are prepared to listen to missionaries and nationals express spiritual needs, gain a sense for the spiritual climate of the culture and spend time praying while on the field and motivating others to pray with them when they return home.
- Work Teams – help in the construction of mission houses, clinics, schools, churches and camps. Work teams provide practical assistance in “concrete” terms for many fields.
- Short-Term – generally refers to volunteers who are sent to minister to a specific need for a period of three months to one year. Volunteers may respond to educational, technical, medical or development needs.