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. On any Pioneers team you join, you spend your first two years focusing on language and cultural adjustment. But launch teams allow you to pursue these important parts of your training with 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 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 serve 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.

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 up front.

“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 our 20-30 launch teams, start your application now.

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