Missionary Resources

We have compiled a specific set of resources for the local church regarding how best to select, send and care for the short- and long-term missionaries they put into the field. This assessment and due diligence work, followed by the ongoing support necessary for every missionary, regardless of their length of stay, represents the critical pillars that help to define successful missions.      

Short-term teams

Short-Term Travel Medical Insurance (link)

Vineyard Missions has contracted with Seven Corners to provide reduced-rate, quickly accessible travel medical coverage. Enrollment is completely online.

Look for more "short-term" resources coming soon.  

Long-term, cross-cultural workers

Selecting

From the local church perspective, there is a lot to consider -- and a litany of questions to ask and issues to probe -- when selecting individuals for the mission field. Thoughtful consideration regarding alignment on vision and a set of defined objectives, spiritual and leadership readiness, and the logistical, financial and family considerations are just a few of the issues at hand. These materials will help local church leaders assess who is qualified and ideally suited for the cross-cultural work ahead. 

Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker (pdf file)

This comprehensive checklist helps guide the local church and the Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker through the important decision making, planning and implementation process. It contains dozens of practical and challenging questions with the goal of minimizing risk and surprise while bolstering the opportunity for success in the three key areas of selecting, sending and caring. 

SELECTING considerations begin on Page 1.

Look for more "selecting" resources coming soon.  


Sending

On the heels of the selection process comes the important pre-work of sending and factoring in all of the realities of sending missionaries into the field. This ranges from contractual considerations and financial support and stability, to cross-cultural orientation and a plan for daily life in a foreign land. These materials will help to ensure better preparedness and ease the transition into a new culture.

Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker (pdf file)

This comprehensive checklist helps guide the local church and the Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker through the important decision making, planning and implementation process. It contains dozens of practical and challenging questions with the goal of minimizing risk and surprise while bolstering the opportunity for success in the three key areas of selecting, sending and caring. 

SENDING considerations begin on Page 4.

Look for more "sending" resources coming soon.  


Caring

Selecting, sending and providing financial support doesn't fulfill the missional obligations of the local church toward its cross-cultural workers. The need to provide ongoing care, nurturing and encourgement to our brothers and sisters in the field can make a significant difference in the life of a missionary. The local church is a vital relationship tether providing support and training to missionaries, as well as care to extended family members in their absence. These materials provide guidance on how to care for individuals on the mission field who are disconnected from the norms and rhythms of life they once knew.  

Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker (pdf file)

This comprehensive checklist helps guide the local church and the Long-Term Cross-Cultural Worker through the important decision making, planning and implementation process. It contains dozens of practical and challenging questions with the goal of minimizing risk and surprise while bolstering the opportunity for success in the three key areas of selecting, sending and caring. 

CARING considerations begin on Page 10.

Look for more "caring" resources coming soon.  

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Experience is widely considered the greatest teacher. However, learning from those who have first-hand experience is a close second, which is why we are making available tools, guides, videos and other resources created by Vineyard churches without being edited or altered by Vineyard Missions. While there might be some duplication across this content and within other resources, the experiences and perspectives that inform these materials are often unique to the church team that developed them, and we see great value in sharing these different perspectives that align with our common practices.

If you have materials that would be valuable to share with the broader Vineyard family, then connect with us

Praying for the Nations: A Daily Prayer Guide for Short-term Missionaries
by K.J. Frolander, Inverness Vineyard Church

In order to better prepare Vineyard teams for cross-cultural work and thinking, this 75-page book offers a wide-angle lense for prayer for whatever country you are entering. It is designed in a handy day-by-day format that can be used month after month, by turning to the page corresponding to that day’s date to pray for common topics with which nations struggle.

Short Term Missions Training Guide (.pdf)

Submitted by Glenn Schroder, Portland Vineyard

Trainings (link)

This page is a portal to trainings that we have done in the past.