When you are working on raising funds for missions, you will need to present to missions committees at churches.
For all of the ways that meeting is different than a job interview, there is one crucial way which it is the same. They may not even know it themselves, but they want to know if you are competent.
Are you competent?
Missions committees say they really want to “know about your heart,” and hear about “your passion for your ministry.” That might be true, but none of that will matter unless they sense that you are competent. Even if they don’t realize it, they won’t support you if they don’t perceive you as competent.
An overlooked way to demonstrate your competence.
In the July 2012 issue of EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly), Naomi Singer (also a pseudonym) argues that “life skills” are essential to a healthy missionary life. “Life Skills & Assessing New Candidates” argues that we need to look at things other than spiritual factors in assessing new candidates for missions. Christians who have been supporting missionaries for several years and have been serving on missions committees know this all too well. They would wholeheartedly agree with one of Naomi’s final suggestions:
Consider requiring that candidates have lived independently and worked in a secular career for several years before applying.
So make sure they know that you have held down a job, and that you could do just fine career-wise and financially if you stayed home. Don’t leave it out of the presentation or your information packet because it’s not “ministry related.”
Missions committees will sense your competence and be willing to support your ministry.
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