Career Missions

What is Evangelical Friends Mission looking for in a missionary?

EFM is looking for . . .

  1. A consistent Christian life and a definite “call” from God or a clear sense of leading from the Holy Spirit to become a missionary.
  2. 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.
  3. Respect for national leaders, other cultures, and people in authority. Respect is a high priority in serving across cultural boundaries.
  4. An ability to get along well with others: nationals, missionary workers, home office, supporting churches, and people in general.
  5. 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

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…”
--Colossians 3:15
“Seek God’s peace first, then His direction”
--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