The journey to cross-cultural service starts long before you get on a plane. Here are twelve things to do if you’re thinking about serving one day:
1. Be intentional
Be intentional in being a disciple of Jesus, growing in intimacy with God and understanding of the Bible.
2. Talk to your minister
Talk to your minister, Missions Task Group or ministry leader. These are the people who have walked with you and taught you … what do they think?
3. Share your thinking
Share your thinking about mission with your Christian friends and church family and ask them to pray with you – be accountable to them and include them in your journey.
4. Take an active interest
Take an active interest in the world at large. Keep up with the news and ask God to give you a heart for a place or an area of need (e.g. displaced peoples).
5. Engage cross-culturally
Engage cross-culturally whether in your workplace or your neighbourhood (perhaps befriend a neighbour who is from a different culture to you). Consider a short-term trip.
Pray for 1 or 2 cross-cultural workers, and for the nations in which they serve. We can connect you with people who are working in your area of interest.
7. Read missionary biographies
Read missionary biographies from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Contact the Interserve office if you need some guidance. We have some great titles you can borrow.
8. Do some formal learning.
Complete either the Perspectives Course (1 night/week for 12 weeks ) or the Kairos course (1 night/week for 9 weeks). Enrol in Bible College.
9. Write a journal
Write a journal of your thoughts and God’s leading.
10. Grow your ministry skills
Grow your ministry skills. Take a responsibility in your church and excel at it. Seek training (e.g. small groups, Beach Mission, youth leadership, disciple-making skills).
11. Become involved with mission-hearted people:
- Sign up for free email services notifying you of mission news and openings
- Attend missions conferences, events and information nights
- Participate in activities that stimulate your missions heart
- Join a mission prayer group
- Investigate some mission agencies
12. Find a mentor
Find a mentor to keep you accountable in the above activities.
Our role as a mission community is to journey with you over the six-eight-ten years it sometimes takes to get there, to help you find God’s leading and help keep your heart beating strongly for world mission on the way. Please get in touch if you’d like to chat.