How Do I Choose An Agency?
Pioneers sends Christian missionaries seeking to spread the Good News to people in places where other missionaries have not gone.
What are you looking for in a mission agency? Where to look for a missionary organisation?
Pioneers has a clear statement of faith, a focused mission, and a consistently applied set of Core Values. It is a leader in the application of a ‘team’ philosophy of maximising the potential of indigenous national missionaries. Pioneers has a reputation for excellence, for the high quality of its missionaries, and for stewardship of resources.
Pioneers’ role is to recruit, train, and support missionaries who serve in difficult environments around the world. Pioneers also provide an efficient way for many churches to partner by organising resources for greater impact, and providing benefits and services at a lower cost for each individual missionary. Pioneers also assist its field missionaries in communicating with their prayer partners and financial supporters, and in turn provide accountability, enabling churches and donors to have confidence in the work they are supporting.
Why Do People Choose A Mission Agency?
Missionaries select Pioneers as their mission agency for a number of reasons including its focus on the least-reached for Christ, its flexibility in tailoring missionary assignments, and the opportunity to participate in multicultural teams. Pioneers’ vision, youthfulness, and decentralised leadership structure are attractive. Often, a missionary’s sending church will recommend that they join Pioneers because the church considers the mission to be a reliable ministry partner.
Pioneers’ members experience fellowship with like-minded missionaries and enjoy the freedom to pursue their calling with a minimum of interference from their support organisation. They enjoy an individualised, relational approach with special care and attention to their families and children. Pioneers help them raise support to fund special projects, and provide critical services including insurance, newsletter publication, crisis management, a retirement plan, administration, and record keeping.
Further Resources on How to Choose an Agency
How to Choose an Agency - PDF file
Pioneers encourages you to look at several different mission agencies, so that you can find possible ministry partnerships that are close to what you are looking for. We recognise that investigating different agencies is challenging especially as many will look very similar. We recommend talking to them and asking questions to identify the differences. You may notice on our website that we don't put a lot of information about places or ministry opportunities... we like for the journey to be very conversational based. Our approach to helping you find your place in missions is built around getting to know you, your abilities and interests. Although we can't talk about all the different agencies, here's a few websites that you might have already heard of and maybe find some of these beneficial.
For other useful websites on mission please check out our resources page.