A Missionary’s Job Description
Recently, while communicating with another pre-field missionary wife, she mentioned that a church committee had asked her husband to write out a job description for his ministry.
What a great idea. After all when a church partners with a missionary, it’s contracting out a Christian laborer to lead in the fulfillment of God’s command to all Christians to take the gospel to the entire world. And it’s only fair for an employer to expect a potential employee to convince him that he will be fulfilling what he will be hired to do before being hired.
So what should a missionary’s job description look like? It could be as simple a statement as the following:
Going into the community of calling, teaching that community to observe all things that Jesus commanded, baptizing those who profess trust in Christ in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and knowing that while the missionary does the above, that Christ is always with him and is always enabling him to do His will.
If that paraphrase sounds a bit plagiarized, that’s because it is. Matthew 28:19-20 provides the standard for a missionary’s job description and hopefully no biblical church would even consider hiring a self-proclaimed missionary who wasn’t one hundred percent committed to the above.
While the overarching job description of every missionary must be the same, there is also a sense in which each job description must be individualized. After all the details of the way the Great Commission is put into action to reach the stone-age tribes of the Amazon basin will be different from the strategy of a missionary taking the gospel to the business sector of Tokyo, Japan.
My husband, Joshua, and I are planning to join and assist a veteran church planter in Romania. For fun we sketched out a job description for Joshua.
Joshua Louk’s Missionary Job description:
Title of the position
Church Planting Assistant
Least of These Outreach
Pastor Baron Howerton and all supporting local churches.
Enact Matt. 28:19-20 by supervising the development of national Christians to take the gospel to the orphans and neglected youth of their community through servant leadership and modeling.
Key areas of responsibility
• Studying God’s Word daily and preaching and teaching God’s Word once a week to the attendees of Bereea Baptista
• Developing discipleship programs that emphasize evangelism and God’s role for the family
• Personally taking the gospel to neighbors, and to Lugoj’s abandoned and neglected children through Bible clubs, educational outreaches, and camps
• Assisting with music ministry
• Mastering the Romanian language and culture
• Being open and flexible to the daily leading of God’s Holy Spirit
• Pastor Baron Howeron; sending pastor, D. Whitcomb, and leaders of Community Baptist
• Romanian cultural experts: growing believers at Bereea Baptista
• Veteran missionaries, especially those associated with Biblical Ministries Worldwide
Term of employment
• As long as the Lord leads to remain in Romania
• A consistent and growing walk with the Lord
• Obedience to the Lord’s revealed will in the Bible
• Compassion, humility and other aspects of the fruit of the Spirit
• Good organizational/administrative skills
• Willingness to die to self daily
• Above reproach
• Husband of one wife and wise ruler of own family
• Sober-minded and self-controlled
• Respectable and dignified
• Well thought of by outsiders
• Able to teach
• Not a drunkard, nor quarrelsome
• Not violent but gentle
• Not a lover of money nor greedy for dishonest gain
• Not a recent convert
• Not double-tongued
• Holds to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
• Must prove himself blameless
• His wife must be dignified, not a slanderer, but sober-minded, and faithful in all things.