Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

Archive for October, 2012

Personal Missions Coaching

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

by David Armstrong

Whether an inquirer asks, “How do I become a missionary?” or “How can I raise the funds to serve overseas?” we are passionate about helping them find the answers. We love to come alongside them as they discover their next steps and the skills critical to their success. We help them recognize the experiences that will best prepare them, the resources that will extend their reach, and the relationships that will encourage and move them forward.

What do you call that kind of ministry? Mission coaching, says Matthew Ellison, Executive Director of Sixteen:Fifteen. Matt spends all his time coaching church mission committees around the country. I hadn’t thought of M-DAT’s work as so similar, yet Matt is right, we provide personal mission coaching.

A coach helps another person develop the understanding, skill, and experience they need to accomplish their goals. That is how we serve every day, by phone, email, or in person, and especially through our web services.

ShortTermMissions.com connects people to many great options for short-term exposure to cross-cultural ministry and tries to match them up with options that fit their experience, skills, and passion, and the vision that God is growing in them.

AskaMissionary.com offers potential missionaries advice from dozens of experienced missionaries serving in a variety of ministries all around the world.

PreparingToGo.com provides those considering overseas service with video clips of experienced missionaries sharing how it felt for them to walk through the various stages of becoming a missionary.

Coaching can mean suggesting the right word or perspective each person may need.  It considers each one’s skills, experience, and potential, along with what God is doing in his or her life and in our world. It is highly personal. We are honored to be part of that process in thousands of lives.

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