Opportunity – Launch Teams
Exploring the Land
Beginning a new life in a foreign culture is daunting, but Pioneers has a solution—launch teams.
Launch teams are a landing place for new Pioneers who want to be mentored by long-term church planters before moving on to start or join other teams. On any Pioneers team you join, you spend your first two years focusing on language and cultural adjustment. But being on a launch team allows you to pursue these important parts of your training alongside others also new to the area and exploring their long-term options.
We have launch teams operating in diverse locations like these:
- near tribes in the jungles of South America
- among the Hindus and Muslims in a busy South Asian city
- in the Middle East and Southeast Asia
- at the heart of Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan
Get started on a launch team without the pressure to make every decision up front.
Who Are They for?
Launch teams are a good option for people who know God has called them to long-term mission service but they are not sure where exactly to go or what to do. It requires a two-year commitment. But during that time of language and culture training, team members get the opportunity for mentoring by experienced church planters, space to explore service opportunities and time to find a fit with a permanent team. Additionally, this experience benefits long-term teams who receive people who speak the local language and have adjusted to the culture.
Is a Launch Team for You?
Angela, who was part of a launch team in North Africa what she appreciated most about her experience was that she had the chance to adjust to the culture without the pressure of making every decision upfront.
“My launch team allowed me time to see how I fit into the culture without trying to make the culture fit what I wanted to offer. And I had great mentors who coached me through the process.”
If you are interested in getting this kind of on-the-field training on one of about 30 launch teams, start your application now.
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Stories from the pursuit
Storytelling With Nomads
A Pioneer serving in the Arab world shares how she learned to become a storyteller and offers tips for telling stories from the Bible.
Photo Essay – Life in a Fishing Village in Southeast Asia
Life in a coastal fishing village—in Southeast Asia, or really, anywhere—can be both rugged and refreshing. Can you picture God at work here?
Working in Teams: Fishing With a Net
Line fishing is a solitary art, and while it is always appropriate to cast a line with the Good News, we choose to work in teams: fishing with a net.
Charting Your Course to the Nations
How do you prepare to serve among the unreached? Use the Charting Your Course worksheet to brainstorm areas to pursue.
Longing to Be Whole: Hannah Prepares for Story Night
Hannah has been working through a study of the gospels. She is looking for passages to discuss with local friends she gathers for “story nights.”