Process Stages - Start Where You Are
Where are you?
Click below on where you sense you are.
- I'm just beginning, so where do I start?
- I'm investigating, starting to put the pieces in place.
- I'm deciding, what to do where.
For many, the first step in exploring missions is to identify where you are in the process. Are you just beginning to think about the possibilities? Are you perhaps investigating what God may have in store for your future, or are you deciding between a couple of options that seem to be a good fit? Read the descriptions below and select the one that best describes where you are. Then click on that section for some NEXT STEPS that you can take right now.
Is it kid-time, half-time or past-time?
If you're in your 20's or 30's, single or married with children, busy and wondering if this is as good as it gets...
If you are in your 40's or 50's and your kids are raised (or almost) ...
- You are busy but sometimes you pause to reflect on the next half of life.
- You are wondering, like most of us at this stage in life, why you feel like the first half of life is over and are looking for something that will make the "second half" significant.
- You long for a challenge but you have no idea where to begin.
- Your career has been successful - fun, but you find moving up the ladder is an empty reward. You sense there is more to life than accumulating things, career achievement and lifestyle.
Or if you are in your 60's or 70's, not counting your years since you were born, but wishing to make the most of the years you have left ...
Challenges, obstacles or opportunities
Another way of looking at this is to weigh the challenges to making your life count for eternity, in comparison to expectations the Lord might have for our lives. His highest value for us is fruitfulness. (See the founder's blog note on fruitfulness.)
In hundreds of conversations we have identified six "challenges" our generations face when considering ministry in a missions-related role. The six are: Faith, Finances, Family, Fit, Future and Fight. The purpose of examining these benefits is to help us see that God is really carefully managing our journey, and not getting in the way of a desired goal with all these obstacles.