Discerning a Missionary Call


BOOKS


SEND ME! Charting Your Journey to the Nations, E-Book by Hoke & Taylor
A preparatory global mission workbook designed for two kinds of people: those who have a deep desire in their hearts to serve God cross-culturally and those who want to help them.

I THINK GOD WANTS ME TO BE A MISSIONARY by Neal Pirolo
Prompted by the high attrition rate of missionaries who do not first “count the cost” of cross-cultural ministry, Neal Pirolo offers this book to help candidates look closely at scores of issues that should be clarified long before they say, “Good-bye.”

ON BEING A MISSIONARY by Thomas Hale
On Being a Missionary is not designed to be a theoretical textbook. It does not put forward new theses, new approaches to mission, nor does it attempt to break new ground. In a very readable way the author presents the ideas, experiences, and insights of over one hundred missionary writers. (Click here for two Amazon customer reviews)

THE MISSIONARY CALL: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan For the World by M. David Sills
“Dr. Sills leads his readers through a methodical evaluation of the complexities of a missionary calling without being formulaic or unnecessarily mysterious. This book should be in the toolkit of anyone exploring a calling to cross-cultural ministry. I will recommend it to all of Wycliffe’s candidates” -Bob Creson, President, Wycliffe Bible Translators


ARTICLES


THE MISSIONARY CALL by Oswald J. Smith

THE MISSIONARY CALL by G. Gordon Olsen

A MISSIONARY CALL by Robert E. Speer

THE MISSIONARY CALL, How to Be Sure You Don’t Have One (brochure)

GUIDANCE AND THE MISSIONARY CALL by John McVay (thejourneydeepens.com)

THOUGHTS ON THE MISSIONARY CALL by Propempo

CROSS CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTER PROFILE (from the e-book, Send Me!)
These charts can help a possible missionary candidate discern whether or not they are called to be a missionary. Churches can use them 1) in their role of discerning who is called to be a missionary, 2) as a guide to how well equipped and fit their candidates are for the field, and 3) what steps they need to take to see their candidates are as best equipped and ready for the field as possible.

SHORT TERMERS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN MISSIONS by Monnie Brewer
The last article is included because it is one of the best and proven strategies I’ve come across to help a church recruit and discern who is really called to long-term missionary service. – Editor


RETREAT CONFERENCES



THE JOURNEY DEEPENS (Weekend Retreat)
Has God been stirring you to consider doing more in missions? I invite you to come with me to a weekend retreat with 50 prospective missionaries and five missionary mentors who come together for worship, prayer and small group discussions. This weekend will deepen our relationship with Jesus and help us explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. Lots of answers on how someone could become a missionary in another culture. All the details are online www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp.


TOOLS



SPIRITUAL GIFTS ANALYSIS
Free individual spiritual gift assessment. Group spiritual gift assessment at a reasonable charge.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCOVERY TOOL

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