For Churches

Do you have people in your church in their 40s 50s and 60s wondering how they can make a significant contribution in ministry?

Do you find that they have career and professional skills they’d like to use as well as ministry experience from their years in the church – Sunday school teachers, home group leaders, other ministry areas?

Some pastors tell us they have more people than they have opportunities.  Other pastors have ministry slots that are not being filled but the people available have different interests or skills.

Either way, many of these people could make a valuable contribution in cross-cultural ministry, locally or globally, with the right encouragement and information to assist them, and your church would be enriched by their participation.

Many churches have a significant proportion of their congregation in their 40s, 50s, and 60s – the second half of their working lives. Whether only just in their 40s or considering early retirement, many are asking if life holds something different now – maybe involvement in missions or missions support.

Do you have a conflict between a desire for your people to be involved in mission and wondering if you will have to find the funds to support them when you already have a tight budget?

Imagine your church reaping all the benefits and richness of mission participation without there being a drain on your bottom line. Be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission, encourage your people to use their gifts in a mission environment, and keep your treasurer happy!

People in their 40s 50s and 60s can often either fully or partially fund themselves and engage in mission for varying lengths of time that fit with long service leave, annual holidays or other short to medium term periods. Many of them travel overseas for leisure and pay all their expenses – imagine these resources being invested in global mission instead.

We can work with you to help them enquire about, explore options for, and engage with opportunities in cross-cultural mission or ministry – locally or globally, part-time or full time, part of the year or as a next career.

We do this in a number of ways. Here’s what our team can offer you:

  • Make various presentations in a church service, or preach on a relevant mission topic.
  • Provide a display, facilitate an elective or make a short presentation at your annual missions event or conference.
  • Address a group in your church for 45 minutes, run a longer seminar, or facilitate  informal coffee style meetings.
  • Consult with you or your Missions Committee.
  • Assist your members to access information about field opportunities or help them with their individual questions.
  • Provide you with information about, or facilitate Mission Awareness courses (Kairos or Perspectives) in your church or connect you with co-ordinators running courses in your area.
  • Help your church take a team to a field of your choice using our contacts with established, reputable, Mission Agencies.
  • If you can think of any other ways that we could possibly help you, please let us know.

Many local churches want to have a “hands-on” role in their mission involvement through their own initiatives while others work with traditional sending agencies. The services we offer aim to complement your existing mission program while encouraging this demographic to seriously consider mission involvement. We are not a sending organisation but we partner with many agencies that provide pathways into mission.  Their experienced personnel also work with us to present seminars, electives or training specifically tailored to your mission outreach program.

We are able to tailor our presentations to suit you – from an informal coffee meeting, a short presentation in a church service or missions meeting to a full day seminar with a missions expo and electives.

Please note: We prefer not to make presentations to retirees’ groups. We are an organisation for Australian Christians in their 40s, 50s and 60s looking to be significant in God’s Global Plan. However we encourage all fit, healthy adults in mid life or older to consider active involvement in missions.