How to get from
your local church to the harvest fields...
Every serious candidate for
missions service wants to know the steps that he will need to
take to get to his missions field. Some people try to go without
good preparation, others don’t really know what to do next,
others ask how to do all the things that are necessary so that
they can be successful.
The following “Ten Steps To The Mission
Field” should help you understand the process of becoming a
missionary. Remember that some of the steps may overlap or
happen in your situation in a different order.
1. Get A Call From God…!
The most important step of all is to hear a call from the
Lord of the Harvest that you are to go to the fields. Without a
call from God you cannot possibly succeed.
If you are married and get a call
from God, then your spouse will also be called, or you
did not hear from God!
How do you know when you have a
call from God? You KNOW, that’s all…! You may not know
for sure, that is why you must “make you calling and election
sure”. Your pastor and elders will help you with this,
TALK to them, share your heart, get their help. PRAY! PRAY!
PRAY! If you think you have a call, you probably do…! You
just need to make sure.
2. Find out what country or
people group…! This may not always be precise, but God will
give you a burden for a country or a people group sooner or
later. One GREAT way to find out is to start praying for
different countries and people groups every day. When a people
or a country makes you interested, go get some information about
it. GET BUSY! Ask God! Do Some Research!
When you know the people or
country, then you will have a better idea of what sending agency
will be best prepared to train and assist you to fulfill your
Contact SEAMIST and other
agencies…! Every mission agency has a process that will help
you sort out your call and decide if they are the right mission
sending agency for you. SEAMIST has a “Preliminary
Questionnaire” that we use to get to know you. Just filling it
out will help you to think about your call to missions. Most of
the questions on these kinds of forms are simple data about you
and your background. The mission agency will usually respond to
you with advice and more questions! PRAY!
4. Get needed information and
make a decision! Get all the information you can about the
missions agency and their people. What countries do they work
in? What is their doctrine? What methods are used? What training
and support do they give? What requirements do they have for
Most agencies have a website or
brochures that help with this. Phone calls to the director or to
office staff will help, e-mails with your questions can be used.
READ! PRAY! Make visits, learn all you can. Then, after
discussing it with your pastors and advisors, if the Lord is in
it, DECIDE to join that mission. Take action. PRAY SOME MORE!
5. Complete and send in the
Application…! As soon as
you, your pastor, and the Holy Spirit agree that you should
join, complete and send in the application and get all the
necessary referrals completed and sent in. That way the mission
can call you in for an interview and approve your appointment as
a “Missionary Candidate”…! Answer all the questions on the forms
completely and honestly. PRAY about your answers.
In most of the world, your friends
and others who you ask to give you a reference may not want to
say anything negative about you, or may just want to give
glowing reports. Ask them to be honest in their references about
you. You are not perfect, but weaknesses do not disqualify you
from the missions field…!
6. Go to the missions
interview…! As soon as your paperwork is processed, you will
get an appointment to be interviewed by one or more of the
mission’s leaders or their representatives. Don’t be afraid,
they are looking for reasons to send you to the missions field,
NOT reasons to hold you back. Be honest! Relax.
If they have some advice about
some things you should do before you are appointed, don’t be
discouraged. They know what you need to be successful in
missions. Be glad that they want you to be fully prepared and
just GO and DO what is needed! You will soon get your
appointment as a “Missionary Candidate”…! Of course you will
want to KEEP PRAYING!
7. Complete all Pre-Field
Requirements…! You will probably be given a check-list of
pre-field requirements. These will be courses to take, books to
read, and maybe a short-term mission trip. You may need to meet
others you will work with later, or take a trip to the country
where you will be working. Your list should be special for you,
just what you need to get ready for the field. So, Just GET BUSY
and DO everything.
Yes, you will have to
RAISE SUPPORT… you will have to go around and find all
those people that God has called to be your support partners:
the ones who will pray for you and send money so you can eat.
Don’t worry about this, the Lord has promised to provide for
your ministry. You can count on Him. If you can’t, then you need
to learn to, so this is the time to find out if He is faithful
or not…! PRAY!
8. Be commissioned by your
sending church…! Once you have completed your pre-field
requirements and raised support, you will be appointed as a
“Missionary Trainee”. By now the call of God is evident, you are
prepared to go, and it is time for your church to “send you
Ask your pastor and elders to
schedule a special commissioning service for you. Some churches
call this ordination or licensing. Whatever it is called, it is
man’s recognition of the call of God on our life and your hard
work to fulfill that call. At that service they will lay hands
on you and pray for you and your ministry. It will be one of
most special days of your life.
9. Complete Your Field
Training...! Finally! Go to the field or to the training
base and do your field training. This will usually be two or
more years of on-the-job training where you will get hands on
experience. You may have to learn how to work on a team, adjust
to another culture, learn another language, or ride a bike…!
Sometimes you will train right on the field you are called to,
sometimes you will train in another situation or country.
Whatever the case, you will not only be learning how to work,
you will be proving your own call by submitting to another
person for a time of discipleship unlike any other you have ever
had. Be patient, be strong. This is a very important time which
will help you all the rest of the days of your missions
During your time in field training
you will help plant a church and learn a lot more about
indigenous principles, teamwork, and leadership. You may make
one or more trips to the people group or country you are called
to if you aren’t already there. PRAY! Do all you are asked to do
with a willing and happy heart. Prove yourself to be a servant,
you will soon enough be the one who carries the full mantle of
10. Now you are Ready…! All
Set…! OK - GO...! That is it!
You made it, you are now a “Senior Missionary” fully equipped to
do the work of missions ministry… so...
GO to your field and complete the call of God on
your life. Those lost souls to whom the Lord has called you are
waiting, be faithful…