Explore Serving with Pioneers

Come to Orlando for a week.

We get to know you. You get to know us.

Explore is a five-day event designed to help you prayerfully discern whether Pioneers is the right fit for you as you pursue cross-cultural ministry. Here’s what happens at Explore.


We begin each morning with time in scripture and worship as we surrender our lives and each day of Explore to God. These sessions set the spiritual tone for the week’s activities.


Explore gives you time to connect with Pioneers staff, from candidate coaches and Orlando-based staff to international missionaries, and, of course, 25-30 other candidates also seeking God’s will in cross-cultural ministry.

Ask questions, gain wisdom, and find clarity for your missions journey.

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From unpacking our core values to hearing about why Pioneers exists and where we work, we hope to give you a better sense of the heart of Pioneers. Explore also includes sessions on partnership development (fundraising), team dynamics, cross-cultural adjustment, and more.

By the end of the week, you’ll have a better sense of what serving with Pioneers is like.


So we can get to know you, too, we’ll have you meet with a small group of current and former field workers who will discuss your application and interests. In addition, you’ll meet with a counselor who will review your psychological and personality assessments. These sessions help us understand you and create a personalized plan for your preparation.

Our goal is to see each Pioneer well equipped and emotionally healthy before leaving for the field.


If you are invited to join Pioneers, you can accept right away or take some time to prayerfully consider the offer with family, friends, mentors, and church leaders. Most people who attend Explore do not know where and how they will serve. Typically, decisions about where to go and what to do (as well as which team to join) are made further down the road and involve connecting with field leaders and visiting possible fields of service.

You don’t have to know where you want to go. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Just take the next step to explore God’s leading.

Explore Dates for 2019

  • January 6-11
  • March 10-15
  • May 5-10
  • July 7-12
  • August 8-11
  • October 20-25
  • December 5-8

Explore serving with Pioneers. Our mission mentors will listen to your story and pray with you in your next steps.

Let’s talk

See also


Stories from the pursuit

Article – What Is Church Planting?

Church planting is central to Pioneers. Our mission statement and core values make that clear. But how does this priority work itself out on the ground?

Video – Lost Versus Unreached

Lost. Unreached. Words Christians use to describe people who aren't followers of Jesus. Where do these terms come from and what's the difference?

First Fruits in a Mountain Town

Groups of foreign and local believers focused on church planting are working together and seeing the gospel start to go places it hasn’t gone before.