What is Evangelical Friends Mission looking for in a missionary?
EFM is looking for . . .
- A consistent Christian life and a definite “call” from God or a clear sense of leading from the Holy Spirit to become a missionary.
- Harmony with the teachings and beliefs of the Evangelical Friends Church. Our Statement of Faith is available; it is similar to other evangelical statements of faith.
- Respect for national leaders, other cultures, and people in authority. Respect is a high priority in serving across cultural boundaries.
- An ability to get along well with others: nationals, missionary workers, home office, supporting churches, and people in general.
- Willingness to learn church planting and/or leadership-development skills.
These are our major concerns, although we can always discuss other passions and goals the Holy Spirit identifies.
A Call to World Missions
--C. W. Perry
What does it take to become a missionary?
1. God’s call
Samuel, Jeremiah, Saul of Tarsus: dramatic calls. Stephen, Barnabas, Timothy: quiet calls with dramatic results.
2. A model or a mentor
- Jesus and the 12 disciples or the 72 in Luke 10
- Paul and his team
- Philip and his daughters (Acts 21:8-9)
3. A spiritual gift
Everyone has one or more spiritual gifts.
Some have gifts for public ministry.
- apostles = leaders
- prophets = preachers
- evangelists = witnesses
- pastors = shepherds
- teachers = instructors
What is my SHAPE?
(See Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life, pp. 236ff)
S – spiritual gifts
H – heart
A – abilities
P – personality
E – experience
Have you started anything from scratch? Have your reared a family? Can you sell things? Have you ever coached a team? Have you managed a business? Have you been on a short-term mission team?
How do I know God’s will for my life?
1. God’s Spirit
- As you surrender fully to God’s will, the Holy Spirit will guide and direct your ways (Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:25).
2. God’s Word
- The Holy Spirit never contradicts the written Word of God. The heart of the Lamb is for every tribe, language, people, and nation (Rev. 5, 7).
3. God’s Works
- Look for answers to prayer, divine appointments, and unique circumstances.
4. God’s People
- Listen to the wise. Consider having a “Meeting for Clearness.”
Application for Career Missions