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“The mission of the Church is to call out worshippers from among the nations. Every church and every follower of Jesus Christ is called to participate in this global activity.” – Jeff Lewis

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Biblical Roots
Biblical Roots
Where does the phrase "sending church" come from?

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Sending Today
Sending Today
What does "sending church" mean now, given the ease of transportation and communication that have drastically changed possibilities?

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Why Require a Sending Church?
Why Require a Sending Church?
Why does Pioneers require workers to have a sending church?

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The Pastoral Reference
The Pastoral Reference
When a church signs a pastoral reference form, what does that mean, and what is the church affirming about the candidates?

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What It Means to Send
What It Means to Send
What is a church committing to and how does Pioneers hope that a sending church will come alongside a field worker?

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Finances
Finances
Is it a given that money is a part of sending a cross-cultural missionary? How much support per month does a sending church typically give to their missionaries?

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How to Identify Missionaries
How to Identify Missionaries
What kinds of character and ministry experience are most important for a church to identify in a potential candidate going into cross-cultural ministry?

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Training Hand in Hand
Training Hand in Hand
What is Pioneers’ role in determining pre-field training needs? In what ways can the church train candidates to complement or supplement what Pioneers requires?

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Help in Sending
Help in Sending
What does Pioneers offer to assist sending churches in their relationship with their worker?

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Areas of Responsibility
Areas of Responsibility
What parts of preparing, sending, and overseeing missionaries are the responsibility of (a) the sending church, (b) Pioneers or (c) are things we do together?

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Filling the Gaps
Filling the Gaps
What if our church, as a sending church, can’t or doesn’t feel able to do all that a sending church should do? Will you fill in the gaps?

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Church-Initiated Requirements
Church-Initiated Requirements
How does Pioneers view the pre-field training requirements that our church places on our missionaries?

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Communication
Communication
How frequent is the communication between Pioneers and the sending church? What should we be regularly communicating with Pioneers?

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Crisis Management
Crisis Management
What happens if our missionary enters a crisis (e.g., kidnapping, war, overthrow of host country government, marital problems). Who does what?

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Serving Together
Serving Together

Need the nuts and bolts of how Pioneers works? Get to know us better and discover ways to partner by downloading and reading Serving Together—the Local Church and Pioneers: A Handbook for Partnership.

 

It covers:

• Basic principles and practices
• The team approach
• The mobilization process
• Pre-field considerations
• Member care
• Financial considerations
 

+ DOWNLOAD SERVING TOGETHER (55-page PDF). Also available, on request, as a paperback booklet.

 

See also a series of videos about Pioneers’ core values and the book When God Comes Calling: A Journey of Faith, Wall Street to the World, by Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher. Ted’s autobiography describes how Pioneers got started and developed and paints a helpful picture of Pioneers’ mission and values.
Encountering Islam
Encountering Islam

Some say Islam is the world’s greatest threat or challenge, but Christians rarely reach out to Muslims with the gospel. Some believe Muslims are too difficult to reach, while others simply don’t know how to share with their Muslim neighbors.

Want to see your church learn to reach out to the Muslims who live around you? What about equipping those among you whom God might be leading into ministry to Muslims around the world?

We recommend the book Encountering the World of Islam: Embracing Muslims with the Love of Christ.

Encountering the World of Islam is also a semester-long course which you can bring to your church or take online.

Among the things we like about Encountering the World of Islam:


• It reflects the insights of 80 authors with practical experience in diverse Muslim cultures.
• It provides a positive and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims.
• It equips readers to reach out to Muslims in the love of Christ.


+ LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE THE BOOK.

Missions Catalyst
Missions Catalyst

If you’re looking for an easy way to get a regular dose of mission news, ideas, and resources, you might check out the email publication, Missions Catalyst. This free, weekly newsletter is designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry. It includes:

• A digest of international mission news from a variety of sources
• Practical ideas and helpful resources to use in your church/ministry
• A calendar of mission events across the U.S. and around the world


Missions Catalyst was founded in 1996. Since 2007 it has been a ministry of Pioneers.

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Mission Smart: Critical Questions to Ask
Mission Smart: Critical Questions to Ask

As exciting as it is to see people in our churches volunteer for missionary service, many may tend to skip over key issues as they press forward to pursue their calling. They may lack the gifts, self-knowledge, training, or church support to make it as a cross-cultural missionary. 

David L. Frazier’s 2013 book, Mission Smart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas, encourages both goers and senders to slow down and confront unhealthy idealism. It takes a look at the gaps and asks 15 critical questions about missionary appointment, preparation, placement, and care. The book’s goal is to reduce attrition and send out well-prepared workers who understand their callings and are prepared to thrive cross-culturally.
 
Mission Smart also includes thoughtful discussion questions and assignments for missionary candidates to work through with a mentor.

+ LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE MISSION SMART.

Want to know the 15 critical questions? Here’s the list, slightly adapted from how it appears in the book.

The Person

  1. • Why are you going? (checking heart motivations)
  2. • What is your contribution? (discovering personal gifting)
  3. • Do others confirm your calling? (seeking external confirmation)
  4. • Are you engaging cross-culturally now? (developing a cross-cultural lifestyle)
  5. • Do you need more education? (obtaining a marketable expertise)

The Partners

  1. • How will you equip and protect your family? (considering family needs)
  2. • Do you have close friends in your home church? (maintaining strong relationships at home)
  3. • Should you work with a mission agency? (considering a mission organization)
  4. • Could a tentmaking job be strategic? (establishing a platform in-country)
  5. • How well do you know your team? (determining on-field team expectations)

The Place 

  1. • Do you know your target people? (assessing the people group)
  2. • What will be your identity? (connecting and belonging in society)
  3. • Do you understand your first task? (learning the language and culture)
  4. • What is your attitude toward the people? (working a s across-cultural servant)
  5. • Are you walking in the light? (forming and maintaining healthy accountability)
Your Focus on the World
Your Focus on the World

To help you on your journey toward greater global impact, we have developed the Your FOCUS on the World Manual + Implementation Guide. This 200-page handbook outlines a practical approach to leading your church into a global FOCUS incorporating best-practice recommendations of church-partnership practitioners highlighted with real-life stories of all types of congregations which have done it successfully. The manual includes practical samples and simple worksheets.

+ LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE YOUR FOCUS ON THE WORLD.

Well Sent: Reimagining the Church's Missionary-Sending Process
Well Sent: Reimagining the Church's Missionary-Sending Process

Steve Beirn moves the conversation on global missionary sending from the mission agency to the front door of the local church. With a special chapter by George Murray, Well Sent equips local churches in launching missionary sending through scalable guidance, accessible illustrations, and practical action points. More than a how-to manual, Well Sent critically evaluates topics such as sending perception and evaluation of the missionary call. This book will prepare potential missionary candidates for service and support the missional efforts of any church.

+ LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE WELL SENT.