Reliant takes missionary assessment seriously. We want you to be ready. Ministry leaders are often placed in positions of high visibility and spiritual leadership. Plus, fundraising for ministry is a calling with particular challenges and rewards, and it is not appropriate for every circumstance. We can help discern this with you.
Those starting with Reliant range from new-to-ministry to church-planting pastors with many years of experience. We want to understand where you have been and what God is leading you to next.
What do we look for when assessing missionaries and church planters?
Because we work in ministry partnership with local spiritual leadership, the first assessment is by the local church. Your local ministry must be enthusiastically ready and willing to commission and spiritually oversee your ministry work.
How confident are you that this is the ministry God has called you to do? Why now? Why is missionary-support the way God has called you to do it?
How gifted and experienced are you in relation to the ministry role you are seeking to fill? Key factors can include: evangelism, discipleship, shepherding, administration, leadership, entrepreneurship. We understand that roles vary greatly from experienced pastor to young campus minister.
What is your testimony of conversion and spiritual growth? What are your habits in spiritual disciplines and knowledge of scripture, and how do you respond to difficult times?
Do you meet our standards of Christian character? Christian missionaries must maintain high standards in ethical conduct, sexual purity, substance-dependence, relationship to self and others.
Are you ready to launch and be successful in the fundraising process? Do you have sufficient financial health, an ability to cast vision for others, a current platform of relational support, and a realistic timeline and plan?
Does your family or spouse or dependents support the vocation you are seeking?
Missionaries and church planters working outside the US have additional challenges, and our process adds assessment on cross-cultural flexibility and mental health through our partners at International Personnel Consultants.
Your assessment is organized step-by-step at our online Assessment Hub—go.reliant.org.
The full process takes 6-8 weeks for most US missionaries or church planters.
You'll go through six phases:
(International Missionaries should plan an additional 4-6 weeks. Interns or Residents with terms less than nine months have an abbreviated process.)