Frequently Asked Questions
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The retreat fee covers retreat materials, two nights lodging, three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Click the specific retreat you are considering from the Dates & Locations page for the registration fees.
Take advantage of the early registration fee; ten days prior to a retreat the cost increases $25 per person. Also, since space is limited for these retreats, space may not be available if you wait too long to register.
Cancellation policy: When necessary, the retreat will refund all fees paid minus a $20 processing fee.
Is the cost a hindrance to you coming? Don’t let money keep you from discovering your journey into God's plan for your life. If you have the desire to learn more about missions and how to bring the glory of God to the nations but don't have the funds, ask the Lord to provide.
Go to your pastor and request a meeting. Share your desire to explore becoming a missionary and ask for financial help so you can attend the retreat. Even if you have only been attending for a short time, they will probably still want to help you. Also, consider inviting a friend to invest in you and your potential life in missions.
Cast a large vision; don't just ask them to pay for a retreat. You are a worthy investment. They are not giving you a handout, and you are not begging. The Great Commission is the most worthy vocation on the planet, and investing in potential missionaries is a strategic investment in God’s Kingdom. This is their offering to the Lord, and you receive it as from the Lord. If you have this perspective, then you will understand why the Apostle Paul asked the Lord to provide and then asked the people to give. The body of Christ is God's instrument.
(Sponsorships are tax-deductible; checks should be made payable to MissionNext and mailed to the attention of Paul Erdmann, PO Box 12649, Chandler, AZ 85248-0028)
- The prospective missionaries who are coming to see what God has for them.
- Experienced missionaries who are coming to serve as coaches.
- Clear minds, open hearts, and physical health and endurance for each participant.
- Safe travel for all involved.
- Wisdom, grace, and patience for the speakers and staff.
- The Lord of the Harvest to send forth workers into His harvest fields.
- Notebook & Pen
- Toiletries, etc.
- Casual clothes only
- Questions you want to ask the missions coaches
- Money to buy books (checks or cash, no credit cards)
- Optional: a digital camera if you're willing to take some shots that could be added to our website.
The retreat is a weekend experience with missions coaches and aspiring missionaries. It is not a conference of workshops where people can attend just part of the event. To experience all the conversations and connections, participants need to stay on site. If you have regular responsibilities at church on Sunday, please ask if someone else can cover for you.
Full Question: God has been dealing with me about going into missions for a very long time. And now I believe it's my time to go. But I really don't know where to begin in becoming involved in missionary work. If you could give me any advice on how to become involved in missionary work I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Response: The first place to start down this path is with a great deal of prayer. You cannot pray too much about where and how God would use you for His glory.
Next, spending a weekend at one of the Journey Deepens Retreats will deepen your relationship with Jesus, help you discover God's fit for you in missions, connect you with mission agencies, and equip you with specific "next steps" to take. The Journey Deepens Retreat provides instruction, support, encouragement, prayer, one-on-one coaching, and accountability with others that are in the same stage. Representatives from mission agencies come alongside you to answer questions, coach and pray with you as you listen for God's answer to, "What is the next step for me to engage in missions?" College age to retirees are invited to attend. If you are a prospective missionary this is one amazing place where it all begins.
Another place is on the MissionNext websites. You will be matched with missionary sending agencies who are looking for people just like you! You can go on our sites and complete a profile with your unique qualifications. You will get a list of organizations that can use you, ranked by percent fit. You can follow up with them, or the matched agencies will contact you if they have a need that they think you can fill. This is a truly great arrangement.
To take advantage of this free service, just go on the Finishers Project website (finishers.org) or the MissionXplore website (missionxplore.com) and then click on the button that leads you to your "Service Profile.” Finishers Project and MissionXplore are services MissionNext to help you connect with mission organizations to find assignments in missions—long term, short-term, in the US or abroad. Complete a Service Profile to receive a list of mission organizations with opportunities matching your skills, experience, and ministry preferences. Then register to attend The Journey Deepens Retreat to speak to mission agency reps face-to-face and to learn about ministry opportunities.
God bless you in your search and thank you for your inquiry.