Hire a Missionary

With the downsizing of the International Mission Board by up to 800 people, many long time missionaries will be looking for ministry opportunities in the States. While they will be leaving the mission field (after some difficult and painful decisions) they still want to serve the cause of Christ in ministry. Might Southern Baptist Churches strongly consider them when looking for pastors and church staff members? Might they give them preference just as some businesses give preference to military veterans?
Here are three reasons to consider hiring a missionary as a pastor or church staff member.
1. They are willing to do hard things. Sacrifice is not foreign to them. You won’t have to wonder if they are willing to do difficult tasks or take on difficult challenges. They have proven that they can work hard for little thanks. That says a great deal about their work ethic and their character.
2. They know how to adapt and adjust to circumstances while remaining faithful to God’s word. They can help your church understand the changing culture around them while staying faithful to what God teaches. They can help you walk through any necessary changes without losing focus on God’s unchanging word.
3. They have demonstrated a willingness to put God first in their lives. You will feel confident that they are about God’s kingdom and not their own. Their sacrifices suggest they consider the things of God greater than their own comfort or fame. That is a strong recommendation.
Returning missionaries will have some adjustments to make. They will be working through the pain of leaving a field they cared deeply about. Coming back to the States will bring some challenges. But they have faced challenges before.
Seek the Lord in your next church hire. Pray for His will. But consider the possibility of hiring a missionary.

4 responses to “Hire a Missionary

  1. We will continue to pray for all these missionaries who need the people of God to provide them with the Lord’s provision so that they can continue their mission in the proclamation of the Gospel to the nations. 2 Corinthians 9:8

  2. Kathryn Manning

    OR, perhaps the missionaries would consider joining another denomination seeking missionaries since that field is apparently their first calling…however, your suggestion is not without merit and certainly some will find employment in our churches on domestic missions and church plants…

    • Kathryn,
      I suppose anyone can seek any denomination that they want, but I do want to note that this downsizing by the International Mission Board is not mandatory (at least not at this point). Thanks for writing!

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