Missions is more than a job; it’s a ministry which can be very demanding. Loneliness, cultural differences, financial limitations, and other frustrations may come your way. You need to have a strong conviction that God is leading you into missions. Your love for God and your desire to glorify Him, no matter what, must be top priority.
Crossing the ocean will not make you a missionary. Whatever you propose to do in ministry across cultural lines you should already be doing now. Are you committed and involved in your local General Baptist church? Have you talked to your church leaders about your interest in missions? Because the church in an integral part of the sending, they should be involved in discipling, training, and equipping you.
Does the way you live demonstrate an attitude of self-discipline, teachability, servant spirit, flexibility, accountability, initiative, perseverance, sense of humor?
There are academic qualifications that will be required, depending on the type of ministry and length of term. Some countries require a degree for entry. What specific skills do you have to offer for cross-cultural ministry?
Going out with a mission agency means joining a team. Can you work with an international team? You need to be compatible with the team’s beliefs, goals, and methods. Study our Statements of
Faith, our Social Principles, our mission principles and purpose statement (paragraph 2 of our home page).