Getting Involved in Global Missions


By Bill Thornburg

Whether you’re a carpenter or cattle rancher, pastor or plumber, bookkeeper or baker, typist or teacher…or just have a passion for missions, there’s a place for you in God’s mission. 

Global missions is the work of the church. God entrusted His people with the privilege and responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom in word and deed to all the nations of the world. As members of God’s church, we all have roles to play in the work of global missions. 

Some of us are equipped to serve overseas in cross-cultural situations. Others of us can serve best in places across North America or even from our own homes. Find out how you can be involved by clicking on the links below.

Serve Overseas

From a one-week service and learning trip in Mexico to a long-term career in Mali, there are a variety of opportunities to serve God overseas in missions.

Serve at Home

You don’t have to get special vaccinations or eat fried dung beetles to serve God in missions. There are numerous opportunities to serve throughout the U.S. and Canada or from your own home.

Helpful Resources



  • Global Mission Handbook by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor.  This interactive workbook that will allow you to explore God's call on your life and to work through many issues related to long-term missionary service. It's also a revised and expanded version of Send Me!

  • Serving With Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore.  This book is a "must read" for anybody going on a short-term missions trip.

  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.  This book will challenge you to live for Jesus, whether here in North America or elsewhere in the world. A staff favorite.


  • One very important way to serve in the cause of missions is to help your church learn more and get involved in missions.  Check out the document on, “How can I learn more?”

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