Some people, however, have sensed a special call to take up vocations directly involved in mission activity.
Like Paul and Barnabas in Acts 13, they and their faith communities have heard the voice of the Spirit saying, “Set apart ____________ for the work to which I have called them.” The apostolic church seemed to have an understanding that there was a complementary partnership between local congregations and mission teams in fulfilling God’s mission.
Perhaps the mission workers we are asking to share with us at IM today have left their homelands and moved to foreign fields to evangelize, plant churches, do medical work, encourage development, provide education, serve the poor through works of mercy, or provide support services for others who are doing such things.
Perhaps they are involved in their own lands in focused parachurch ministries — inner city missions, youth work, campus ministry, outreach to other groups that need a gospel witness or Christian assistance.
Some provide ministry to fellow Christians and churches through counseling, camps, retreats, literature and media, etc.
Some of these groups are well-known, many, many are not.
Today, I’d like for us to hear from those who are serving in vocational ministries that complement and extend the work of the local church throughout the world.
Mission workers, sound off!
Tell us about your calling, your work, your setting, and anything else that will help us understand and appreciate what God is doing through those called to vocational mission, as well as some of the unique challenges and opportunities you face.