-Learn the language and culture so you can thrive in a cross-cultural ministry.
-Spend time in the community building relationships and sharing the gospel with others.
-Spend time serving people through a variety of projects and programs.
-Disciple new believers and see them begin to gather and grow as a spiritual community.
-Equip indigenous leaders to start multiplying culturally appropriate expressions of church.
-Commit to working on a team together with other global workers and indigenous leaders.
-Commit to discover ministry partners who will pray and support you financially.
-Ability to adapt and be flexible in a different culture while maintaining the posture of a learner.
-Ability to learn a new language and communicate at a deeper level in that language.
-Ministry experience that demonstrates a commitment to evangelism and disciple-making.
-A supportive sending church that helps to discern and affirm your readiness to enter ministry.
-A bachelors degree with some formal Biblical training is preferred.
A STORY ABOUT EASTERN ASIA
Passengers shuffle into a crowded train, smashing together to fit more people in for the morning commute. Mike and Jamie are nearly separated, but make it on the train en route to language school. In the heart of this Asian mega-city, they gain new insights into the challenges of making disciples in a densely populated city. It’s a place where work life dominates the very existence of one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.
The learning curve this young couple has been on for the last two years is steep, but they’re compelled to carry-on, full of faith in why God brought them to this place. They’re starting to see their focus on language learning pay off as they gain confidence in a growing vocabulary and the ability to communicate on a spiritual and emotional level. Jamie has a language partner who is young in her faith. While they work on the finer points of the language, they have a growing peer discipleship relationship that is drawing them closer to Jesus. In addition to help with language Jamie and her friend have had deeper conversations about Buddhism and Shintoism which are providing new insights for Jamie as she seeks to contextualize the gospel in this culture.
Mike has a business and media background. Upon learning that suicide is the leading cause of death for men ages 20–44 in this country, he decides he will take a special interest in researching and reaching out to these disillusioned men. Mike longs for them to see themselves the way Jesus sees them, and to extend the Grace of God to many who are struggling through depression. Connecting with men who work 60-plus hours a week has been more challenging than Mike anticipated, but he’s made some new friends through a network of media and creative professionals.
Mike and Jamie are nearing the end of their first term of ministry with Encompass and will be finished with their formal mentored training. That evening they spend time praying together, asking God for wisdom about where He wants to use them in their next term of ministry. They feel urgency in these earnest prayers as they are prepare for a mountain retreat with their disciple-making team later in the week to talk about the future plans.
A few weeks later they praise God for answered prayers, for a clear vision agreed on by the team, and for the work there to move forward and be more fruitful. Mike and Jamie are excited to be a part of a team that really seeks the Lord’s leading together, and they’re full of faith for what God has ahead for them and the team!
*Though based on probable events, this is a fictional account. In this access-limited location Encompass is not restricted to the types of ministry opportunities depicted in the story. Rather, it’s our goal to invite you into an unfolding story, of which you could become a part. If you have questions about other opportunities in this location, please contact us.