Christians can train the spiritual leaders of tomorrow as theological missions workers
Some men and women of faith feel passionately about helping build infrastructure such as schools and hospitals in the developing world. However, as vital as these facilities are, the need for spiritual instruction is just as great in some areas. Individuals who want to spread the truth of God’s word can enroll in Christian colleges and universities to become theological missions workers.
To all corners of the world
In some countries, such as Sudan, Christianity is growing. Brave men and women of faith have endured hardships, persecution and personal danger to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to areas such as South Sudan, and the need for skilled and compassionate Bible teachers has never been greater.
Organizations such as Serving in Missions (SIM) are actively involved in bringing the truth of the Bible to South Sudan, having constructed facilities such as Gideon Theological College and sending dozens of committed men and women of faith to Sudan to teach local people how to read the Bible and spread its message of hope and salvation.
Through its theological outreach programs, SIM is leading by example, demonstrating the importance of Bible passages such as Mark 16:15, which reads, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” This means that, in addition to helping those in need, evangelism is one of the most important acts of service that Christians can undertake, and assisting organizations such as SIM is one way for men and women of faith to do God’s work.
An attitude of servitude
Enrolling in a theological ministry degree program at Christian colleges and universities is a logical first step for aspiring missions workers to take. These programs teach men and women of faith how to teach the principles of Bible study, cross-cultural communication and evangelizing in the developing world to prepare them for international outreach programs.
Once they have completed their undergraduate qualification, some Christians choose to continue their studies at the graduate level. While this is certainly not a prerequisite to become an international missionary, some organizations need individuals with master’s degrees to assume responsibility for the management and coordination of these programs.
SIM is not the only organization working to spread the Word of God around the world. Other groups, such as International Christian Mission, Africa International Christian Mission and Mission Without Borders International, are always in need of dedicated men and women of faith.