If you are an American and want to “become a missionary to China” what are your next steps? It depends on what life-stage you are in. Below are my three recommended steps from where you are now. It is my desire to help you make an impact in China.
Figuring Out Your Next Step…
- Today, start becoming who you want to be in the future. Living in China as a full-time missionary might be a long time down the road, but you can start preparing now. Read your Bible daily, attend and serve in your local church.
- Start discipling others and reaching out to people (and the Chinese) in your area. There are likely people in your school that need to be reached or a Chinese restaurant in town that you can start giving the gospel to.
- Plan to come and visit us in China on your summer break for a short-term missions trip.
- Today, start becoming who you want to be in the future. Read your bible daily, attend and serve in your local church. Get involved in campus outreach and reaching into the nearest Chinese population. This might mean reaching out to the Chinese foreign exchange students on your campus.
- Consider visiting the Our Generation Training Center and enrolling in some of their missions module classes or attending their free Friday missions and church-planting class. Also, there are two missions-minded events that you can take part in, the Our Generation Camp and the Our Generation Summit, that will help you learn our philosophy of missions.
- Take a 6-month internship. Take an entire semester and spend it in China working alongside me and others, learning the practical everyday skills involved in China missions.
On Deputation / Raising Support
- Continue raising your support and raise an adequate amount that will allow you to live in China without having to depend on a secular job that takes up the majority of your time. Read “The Deputation Manual” if you are needing help raising funds.
- Visit the Our Generation Training Center and enroll in some of their missions module classes, as well as, attend their free Friday missions and church-planting class as much as possible. Also, there are two missions-minded events that you can take part in, the Our Generation Camp and the Our Generation Summit, that will help you learn our philosophy of missions.
- You should take a survey trip to mainland China and make arrangements that will help you and your family transition to China. Also, you will need to find a language school. Contact me if you are interested in taking your survey trip to visit us and/or applying to attend our missionary language and training school.
Working in China / Teaching English
- Consider what your true purpose for being in China really is. If you are in China because of work and you are a Christian that wants to do outreach, contact me, and I will try to help you find a church or missionary to work with. You need to be working with a church and not contrary to it. This might mean moving locations to work in a healthy house church.
- If you are teaching English, but really want to be a full-time missionary and you don’t know how to plant a church or raise funds for full-time ministry, please contact me and I can try to help you. This might mean a radical life change to get the right training and funding.
- People working in China often visit the States, therefore, upon your next return, look into getting some training at the Our Generation Training Center or attending one of the two missions-minded events, the Our Generation Camp and the Our Generation Summit, that will help you learn our philosophy of missions.
Working in the USA
- If you are working in the USA, but are wanting to be a missionary to China and are in need of training, consider applying for the Our Generation Training Center to receive missionary and church-planting training.
- Take a 6-month internship to China working alongside me and others, learning the practical everyday skills involved in China missions.
- Raise your support and raise an adequate amount that will allow you to live in China without having to depend on a secular job that takes up the majority of your time.
- Read your bible daily, attend and serve in your local church. Get involved in outreach and reaching into the nearest Chinese population.
- Attend one of the two missions-minded events, the Our Generation Camp and the Our Generation Summit, that will help you learn our philosophy of missions.
- If you are wanting to move to China, contact me about how you could be best used to work alongside an existing church or missionary to help in evangelization efforts.
Become a Missionary-Sender
It is my prayer that the Lord of the harvest will raise up laborers and send them forth into His harvest. As the team of on-the-field-missionaries grows, we also realize that not everyone will be an on-the-field-missionary to China, but everyone could be a missionary-sender!
A missionary-sender is a Christian who is equally dedicated as the missionary and gets involved through sending or helping missionaries get to serve on the field (as they faithfully serve in their local church). Here are three areas where, you, as a sender, can be involved:
- Pray for missionaries and their families by name. Stay in communication with the missionaries through their blogs, prayer letters, and phone calls to know how to pray and to encourage them. Take an interest in their ministry and join the journey with them.
- Full-time missionaries are able to serve in a full-time capacity because of those who graciously give to the work of the Lord. Find a missionary or project to help fund and get involved with one-time gifts or monthly support.
- Take a short-term trip to China to visit the missionary or organize your local church to take a trip that not only will encourage the missionary but hopefully see more people mobilized to become missionaries and senders.
Note: Even if you are wanting to be an on-the-field-missionary one day in the future, you can get involved now by becoming a missionary-sender.
If you follow any of the above steps and attend our affiliated training school, attend a missions-event, or take a trip to China you will learn more about our missions philosophy, such as:
- Training leaders of leaders.
- Life-on-life discipleship.
- How to be mentored and become a mentor.
- How to plant a church.
I think the proper training is one of the key factors to having a successful ministry in China, and therefore, each of the above steps will eventually lead in that direction.
I hope that this information will help you in taking your next step to becoming a missionary to China. I tried to cover as much as I could, but know that I probably missed someone. Therefore, please contact me and I will see what I can do to help you thrive in reaching China and the world with the gospel!