A Long-term Pursuit

More than 1 in 3 are still unreached

While the hope of the gospel has been spreading for thousands of years, billions of people have not yet had an opportunity to hear it. Determined to reach the ends of the earth with the Good News, we are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the unreached. Short-term strategies may be great, but they are not enough. It also takes long-term engagement.

We define long-term as more than a year. But God may have you there for decades, perhaps in more than one role or setting.

Find Your Fit

We live in a world of diverse peoples and cultures. God has also given each of us a unique set of skills, passions and abilities. So, we take the time to hear your story and help you find a fit based on how God is guiding your next steps.

A Picture of What’s Possible

  • Your church, in partnership with Pioneers, will send you to live among the unreached in one of nearly 100 countries.
  • You will join and work with a team, often those a step ahead of you who can help you find your way.
  • You will work hard to learn new a language (or two). Build a new life. Form relationships. Make disciples.
  • Using your skills and experience in anything from business and education to healthcare, technology, or the arts, you and your team will serve and empower your community.
  • By God’s grace, see a church planted among an unreached people that in turn seeks to plant other churches.
  • Watch God transform lives—yours and those around you.

The life of a long-term missionary is full of twists and turns. You may end up back home in a few years, or you may stay much longer. You might start in one country and move to another. Or you could serve in organizational leadership. Join our mobilization team. Wherever God wants to use you next.

Launch Teams and Training Programs

You don’t need to have it all figured out. Just take the next step.

Many long-term missionaries start on launch teams. Launch teams are a good option for people who know God has called them to long-term mission service but are not sure just where to go or what to do.

Others start with our Venture program or an internship, or enter an experiential training program to help them learn and grow before joining a team on the field. We partner with several organizations that provide these.

Summer’s Story

By the time she was eight years old, Summer knew she wanted to be a missionary. Years later, God opened the doors for her to serve in Uganda, where she led a team that used Bible storying, literacy training, and animal husbandry to build bridges and make disciples. Though each season had its challenges, eventually they reached the point that it was time for them to leave the work in the hands of their national partners.

To learn more, watch Summer’s story or read Moving to (and from) Uganda.

The Process

  1. START: Fill out a Start Form
  2. APPLY: Submit application forms and references
  3. EXPLORE: Spend a week in Orlando getting to know Pioneers
  4. PREPARE: Get one-on-one coaching as you raise support
  5. TRAIN: Carry out your personalized training plan
  6. DEPART: Begin the next stage of your relentless pursuit
  7. PERSEVERE: We’ll be with you every step of the way

 

Have questions about serving with Pioneers and what it could look like for you to go long-term?

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