Having trouble considering the right way to prepare your missionaries for life overseas? We have already done the important work of thinking through the details. Download our new resource Sending Responsibilities Checklist and prepare your sent ones to have a smooth transition to their new places of ministry. The checklist points out over 50 specific needs of sent ones—needs that someone must be responsible for if they are to be sent “in a manner worthy of God” (3 John 1:6).
Several of the responsibilities are the kind we wouldn’t normally think of, such as:
running a credit check
determining salary and benefits
setting up language learning
establishing a crisis management plan
If these tasks sound sobering, good! Take them in, but don’t lose heart. We want to use this timely angst to encourage you to send well. Remember, we’re here to help! Take time to consider if your church is capable of all these responsibilities. If it’s not, partner with a missions agency who can help carry some of the load.
Partnering with a missions agency means you’ll have some decisions to make. Simply put, who does what? Who’s going to make sure the sent ones have wills: the church or the agency? What about ensuring that they have a decent way to learn the language? What about mapping out their salary and benefits, and then distributing them? These are important conversations to have within your church and alongside a partnering agency long before the needs arise.