Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a husband and wife do an internship together?

A:  Yes.  The Missions Internship program is set up to train both spouses. Since a commitment into missions, especially overseas, affects the whole family, it’s right and appropriate for both to want to be trained.  You’re going to a team out on the mission field, and making sure that the wife of a couple gets sufficient training is an important part of missions training.

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Q: What do I do as a pastor when someone feels called to missions but I disagree?

A:  Those are hard conversations to have.  Sometimes someone come up that has a heart for missions and they can communicate their heart for it, but unfortunately now just isn’t the time.  And sometimes, missions just isn’t for them.  Maybe more life experience or more training will help to focus the future, but those conversations are important to have to keep people from being set up for failure.

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Q: What if one of the spouses is not as interested in missions as the other?

A:  It’s important to make sure that this isn’t just something that the husband is wanting to do and the wife is just following along, or vice versa.  This needs to be a team effort; 100% all in, both of you.  Both of you need to say this is what God wants us to do.  If there is any hesitation, you should absolutely wait until you’re confident.

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Q: Would it be better to go into missions before we have kids or wait until after they’re grown?

A:  Not necessarily.  There is no age limit on when you can take your family into missions. If this is what you believe God has you to do, then you just trust God to protect your kids. 

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Q: How much time during the week will the internship take?

A:  It’s going to vary person to person but it will probably take 6-8 hours a week for your own Bible and theology, reading the books, writing the papers, etc.  It will take your mentor probably 1-2 hours a week.

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Q: Can you do the missions internship while you’re in seminary?

A:  It can be done.  It is a lot of work but you’ll find the two will complement each other very well.

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Q: Does the mentor who is training me need to have missions experience in order for me to do the missions internship?

A:  Of course, it helps if your mentor has personal experience in missions when mentoring you in the missions internship, but it’s not necessary.  The most important aspects for a mentor are knowing the Bible, knowing good theology, having a biblical missiology, and having a heart for missions – knowing that God is a missionary God.

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