I am thinking about moving into full-time ministry. That is not new in itself – the new part is as a self-supported missionary instead of a paid staff position funded by a donor base.
It also means that being self-supported, my salary is paid for by people who want to see my type of ministry in action and are willing to donate a portion of their tithes, or sacrificial giving or their first-fruit offerings to make that happen. I am then seconded into ministry with no expenses necessary from other donors making their donations directly available for ministry.
The decision is also one of self-awareness. How many who know me would want to support me in ministry? What if they see no value in me? What if I am worth $25.00 per month and I need $5,000 per month. That means I need to know 200 people who love me enough, have enough resources to give and are called of God to give towards “me.”
I am also thinking of all the other postings I read from time to time of families struggling in ministry because there are not enough people supporting them. Some come on and in time leave and there are not enough new supporters coming in to replace the ones who feel it is time to go.
My wife has already warned me that there better not be another drop in salary. We have taken quite a hit during the past two years.
I was thinking of joining up with SIM in Canada (OM is a definite options as well). They have something called CCX which is a Canadian missionary branch. Many of these members are involved in ministry to those who are from a Muslim background and I would be another joining their ranks. Some are involved in discipleship, others in ministry outreach through a church, others in the universities and I would be instrumental in the building up of the body of Christ in the knowledge of who they are in Christ and how that looks when sharing that faith with their Muslim neighbour. So I would be coming alongside the church with seminars and teaching material as well as resources. I would also facilitate evangelism programs to ensure that there is a trend of making God’s love visible through discipleship.
There is also a need to partner with ministries and connecting them together. Establishing media outlets and tools using the resources and connectedness of these various partner organizations.
Of course, being an instrument of fund raising as well to support our work so that we can produce the Gospel message efficiently and effectively.
I would love your first impressions.
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