A while back I decided that I wanted to do something more significant with my life - pursue something that would outlast me. I decided that my unique spiritual gifts as well as my secular skills should be deployed more fully for the Kingdom of God. I am now in the process of finding the place that God has for me.
I could use some help assessing my spiritual gifts and natural talents, establishing a financial plan, connecting with agencies to learn more about their opportunities, and determining what I would have to do to prepare for ministry. It would also be great to interact with others who are going through this same process.
What are some "next steps" for me?
Complete a Service Profile on our web site; you will be asked to provide some personal information and make selections for your preferences as to the time commitment(s) you wish to make, the region(s) of the world that interest you, and the ministry positions that fit your skills, education and experience. Your profile will be electronically "matched" with our partnering mission organizations to provide you with a listing of those organizations that have ministry opportunities matching your preferences.
Receive professional Christian mentoring with one of our Career Coaches or take advantage of the IDAK Online Talent Discovery Guide™ offered by IDAK Group to gain a clear picture of your innate skills that are transferable to ministry opportunities with detailed ministry options that fit you.
Attend a MissionNext Forum. These two-day events are hosted by Finishers Project, kingdom-minded leaders from local churches, and the consortium of 50+ missions organizations that partner with Finishers. They are designed to be a safe place to reflect on how the Lord may be leading you. The forums offer opportunities to interact with others who are in this same process and also talk to mission representatives who have already made the transition from a career to missions.
Read one or more of the following books on the "big picture" in missions and the Biblical basis for praying, sending, and serving:
|Let the Nations Be Glad! 3rd ed.: The Supremacy of God in Missions
By John Piper
Why do we do missions? We are told by Jesus to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. So engaging in missions is duty, right? Wrong. If you do missions purely from a sense of duty you will not honor those you are reaching out to, nor will you truly honor God. Duty is the wrong place to look, so where do we find the answer to why we do missions? We turn, according to John Piper, to worship.
In our worship of God we encounter God's glory. The overflow from our worship is a desire to share God's glory with others (the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever), and we naturally become missional. When Jesus was asked what the kingdom of God was like, he compared it to a pearl so valuable that one would sell all they owned simply to possess it. Does that seem like duty to you? Instead, Jesus calls us to a new mindset, which flows from the mindset that worship creates in us. Thus, according to Piper, does worship become the goal of missions and the fuel that makes missions possible.
|Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation
By Jason Mandryk
This standard tool for missions and intercession includes information accurate as of 2010 and describes the fruits of several ongoing missionary efforts. Based on the supposition that "When we pray God works," Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk have put together a prayer guide covering the entire populated world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world change, or a missionary reaping the benefits of intercession, Operation World will give you the information necessary to bring the good news to those who have not heard it. It offers demographic and geographical information for every country in the world, as well as answers to prayer (for applicable countries), and prayer requests. Alphabetized for easy reference, Operation World offers some of the most useful and comprehensive data geared to missions and evangelization. And the appendices are packed with contact information, names of government officials, resources, etc. The book is indexed by people groups and place, so information is always easy to find and use. Pray for countries that are put on your heart, or follow the year-long plan in the book and pray for the whole world. Either way, you can be part of the Great Commission and help to spread the Gospel.
|The Church Is Bigger Than You Think
By Patrick Johnstone
How far have we come in fulfilling the church's mission? This comprehensive book examines Christianity's past and present efforts to spread the gospel to the unsaved and provides you with practical strategies for accomplishing the church's ultimate goal for the future. An essential companion to Johnstone's Operation World.
|Marching to a Different Drummer: Rediscovering Missions in an Age of Affluence and Self-Interest
By Jim Raymo
How can we stimulate Christians in the West to enthusiasm about this exciting time of finishing the job Jesus gave us to do? So many are "me for me" centered rather than "me for others." This book gives some challenging answers.
|Serving As Senders: How to Care for Your Missionaries While They Are Preparing to Go, While They Are on the Field, When They Return Home
By Neal Pirolo
The title says it all! A missionary needs care in at least six areas: moral support, logistics support, financial support, prayer support, communication support, and reentry support. This book gives scores of practical ideas in how a team can provide the necessary care for a missionary. Chapter One tells "when" and "why" a missionary needs care. Chapters Two through Seven deal with each of the six areas of care. Chapter Eight brings it back to the individual's involvement in caregiving. A study guide for groups is included.