Missions are a vital part of every church. Every church, ideally, should be sending out missionaries to serve others and spread the gospel. It is a command from our Lord and Savior.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
The churches that send missionaries have a responsibility to train them up biblically. Making the word of God the center of their training ensures the missionaries will be capable and ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whomever they encounter.
It starts with the pastor calling and disciplining men to lead the charge. Anyone can be a missionary but there needs to be a core group of men who comb the scriptures to train up missionaries. These men ideally would be elders. Men who have the requirements for leadership and can pass their wisdom down to the missionaries being sent.
This is the ideal start. If the church doesn’t have enough men leading then looking to other like minded churches for those men is needed. Discernment in all this is key and like I’ve stated above it starts with the pastor. With a man of God that holds true to the word of God.
Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
The Greek word apóstolos means “one who is sent out,”. We see here they sent out chosen men. Men likely chosen by the elders and apostles. They didn’t just send out anyone with a pulse, they sent out ones that were chosen by wise men who knew God’s word. These missionaries they were sending out would be ones capable of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only capable but proven.
If you’re seeking to be a missionary, be one that seeks God’s word first in everything.