Considering a life in mission?
- Are you passionate about the gospel and making Jesus known through teaching God’s word? Are you willing to live in another culture and to build relationships?
- Will you learn from others and work under local leadership?
- Do you have gifts (and perhaps training) in teaching the Bible?
- Are you prepared to give at least three years to serve God overseas?
Why join Crosslinks?
At Crosslinks, we take God’s word – the Bible – to God’s world.
We have sent out thousands of individuals as mission partners to many of the world’s countries. Today, we employ mission partners living and working in 30 countries on five continents. Much of our long-term work is concentrated in Africa and Europe. We also have partners and projects in Asia, South America and Australia. All of our mission partners engage in front-line evangelism and training Bible trainers.
Belief comes through hearing God’s word, so we recruit and deploy Christian disciples to spread God’s word through evangelistic opportunities. Since the Christian gospel produces and sustains churches, we also send faithful teachers to nurture new generations of competent, godly pastors.
How does it work?
You can join Crosslinks as a mission partner in one of two ways. If you apply to become a full mission partner, we will employ you and second you to a church or an institution in the country you want to serve in. We help you draft a budget, build partnerships with churches and individuals to raise funds to support yourself, and provide administrative and pastoral support throughout. (For example, we will distribute your prayer letters and book your flights.)
If you already have paid work through another organisation, or if you have built your own support partnerships, you can apply to become an associate mission partner. We will not employ you, or offer support to raise budget funds, but we will give you some administrative and pastoral support.
Who do we recruit?
In appointing mission partners, we look for people who have a theological degree or some theology training. We also look for short-term experience in teaching the Bible, and links with churches or mission organisations overseas – which may form the basis for a placement. If you have a plan for ministry driven by one or both of our priorities (evangelism and training Bible teachers), we offer opportunities for long-term mission in a variety of contexts, including theological teaching at a Bible college, student, youth and children’s work, prison ministry, and church planting. If you do not have experience in teaching and mission, we would still be happy to explore opportunities with you. Contact us to find out about becoming a mission partner.
We ask all our mission partners to sign our Statement of Faith, and to commit to our two priorities (evangelism and training Bible teachers).
How do you appoint mission partners?
We use the same selection process for our mission partners and associate mission partners. If you have an idea of how and where you would like to serve, please complete our general enquiry form. Alternatively, browse our current opportunities and, if you see something of interest, get in touch. We can then use your enquiry to set up an interview with you. We ask applicants to fill in a detailed application form, and complete DBS (disclosure barring service) and Interhealth checks. We may then invite you to an overnight residential selection conference.
Once we accept and appoint you as a mission partner, we invite you on a five-day residential orientation conference. We give all our mission partners support to draft a budget and create partnerships, and we also help you to prepare to move.