Called To Mission?

Called To Mission?

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q. What motivates people to invest their lives in the nations?

Tasting the goodness of God and appreciating that this blessing is to be shared with others who are currently beyond the reach of the Gospel.  (Romans 15:20-21) Pioneers is looking for men and women who persevere, even at great sacrifice, to bring God’s glory among unreached people groups.  (Psalm 115:1) Pioneering people serve God not out of convenience but out of conviction. 

We also know that Christ promises blessings for those who leave “houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands” for his name’s sake. (Mark 10:29-30)

Q. What sort of people go?

People just like you! Married, single, families, recently graduated and even retired.  We are a diverse people with one common goal – we want our lives to count for something truly worthwhile.

Q. Why the emphasis on partnerships and teams?

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:35

We are not “lone rangers” in taking the Gospel to the “out of reach”.  In fact, our very love for fellow believers is a testimony to the world that we belong to Christ. In addition to being a testimony, working in teams provides encouragement, accountability and an environment in which to grow and mature. Therefore we facilitate the forming of teams with individuals who share a similar vision and complimentary gifts.

Teams enables the use of a variety of vocations and services: business, agriculture, community development, social services, education, medicine, hospitality and many more.

Regarding partnerships:

Since local church is central to God’s mission, our and your relationship with the sending church is a very high priority.

Q. How do teams plant churches?

Teams work with the national church, where feasible, in their church-planting initiatives.

Q. How long would I go for?

Short-term workers go from 2 months to 2 years to gain exposure to language, culture and team ministry and to evaluate how God may use them to bring His glory to the unreached peoples of our world.  Long-term workers go with a longer time perspective in mind.

Q. How does it work financially?

Some combine ministry and a paying job. Others are financially supported by churches and friends that pray for them and support their vision. Salary and ministry budgets are designed reflects the cost of living and working in the country. Raising support may sound daunting, but we have always found that God will provide for all your needs if indeed he is sending  you.

Q. What qualifications would I need?

Qualifications vary according to the person and the potential context of the ministry, but usually these are a combination of personal character, Bible knowledge, mission training, work experience, and of course God’s call.

Q. Why are there mission agencies?

Imagine relocating your family to another country and learning to function effectively in a new language and culture while sharing the gospel with Muslims and Buddhists who have little idea of what you, as an outsider, are talking about.

It is possible to go it alone. But consider how much more you might accomplish by working together with other like-minded people and national church partners.  That is why God has raised up apostolic structures like mission agencies that band together teams of workers from diverse backgrounds in order to spread the gospel.

Q. How can Pioneers help you in your initial exploration?

By talking and getting to know each other, listening to what God is saying, and exploring how your experience can be used in a cross-cultural team.  Working in a foreign culture as Christ’s ambassador, albeit in a multi-cultural team, has dynamics all of its own. Therefore this process of exploration and preparation takes time.

How about you?

Do you have a responsibility to the people and places of greatest need and least opportunity of receiving the gospel?

Are you active in your local church and in sharing your faith with others?

Do you understand and accept the core values of Pioneers?

Do you have an EU passport / Swiss passport and are you a resident in Europe?

Are you willing to invest the time in preparing to work in a team-centred church-planting ministry?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, we’d love to hear from you!