BY DAVID P. JACOB
As a grad student at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School, I took a class called Generational Succession. The main research question was: How do you plan to raise up the next generation of ministers in your particular field? Being a practicing missionary, I began researching the historical and current numbers of missionaries sent from the U.S. as well as topics like missionary call, mentorship, and other factors that influence missionary mobilization and succession.
I discovered that for the past ten years, the overall number of long-term missionaries sent from the U.S. has been steadily decreasing. Furthermore, it is estimated that 71% of career missionaries who unexpectedly leave the field, come home for preventable causes. As I began to pray about what could be done to help reverse the decline of the U.S. missionary force, I began talking with some of my colleagues. From these conversations, the idea was born and the vision grew in my heart and mind. I presented the idea for the Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention to Dr. Paul Alexander, President of Trinity Bible College and Graduate School and the Executive Committee of Assemblies of God World Missions. Both organizations endorsed the idea and began discussing how we could partner together on this project.
The Center was officially launched in October 2018 and aims to resource the Christian community by researching missionary mobilization and retention, publishing various articles and academic papers, and training local church leaders and missionaries on various topics impacting the missionary call and missionary care.
The Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention aims to resource the Christian community to increase and retain the number of long-term missionaries sent from the U.S.
Since many missionaries come off the field tired and burned out, we hope to build a library retreat cabin where missionaries can come to rest, refresh and learn. Also, due to the fact that a lack of finances and college debt oftentimes keep aspiring missionaries from getting to the field, we want to provide scholarships to students who are currently studying to serve as long-term missionaries. Dream with us.
Since 2008, David P. Jacob has been a missionary to a sensitive country in Northern Asia. He currently serves as the Missionary in Residence and Chair of the Intercultural Studies department at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in Ellendale, ND. David is the founder and director of The Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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The Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention is made possible by the following organizations: