There aren’t any “official steps” to becoming a missionary. Everyone you ask will probably have their own opinion, the worst being: “Just go!”
One of the best things that you can do when considering missions is to talk to missionaries and find out the steps they took to get from here to there. When talking to them you will usually find out two things:
- Everyone’s story is different. Not everyone went down the same road or the same path. Meaning, talking to several different missionaries will help give you ideas about what to do and what not to do.
- There are usually a lot of small steps and very few big leaps. Meaning, becoming a missionary isn’t an overnight process. It is slowly taking steps toward that goal and then waking up one day and realizing you are living your dream.
With that being said, I want to give my thoughts on different steps that you should consider taking if you are wanting to be a missionary.
Over the next several post we will look at the following areas:
Step #1 Surrendered to missions and ministry.
Step #2 Spent an adequate amount of time in training and preparation.
Step #3 Mobilize a Team of Financial and Prayer Supporters.
Step #4 Field Learning: Language, Culture & Missionary Experience
Step #5 Field Work: Evangelize, Establish, Equip.