Short-term service can be invaluable in supporting long-term mission. You may have skills that can support a Baptist Mission Australia team or be looking to discern a longer-term call to intercultural mission. You may want to meet the people you have been praying for and financially supporting. You can serve as either a visitor or volunteer or gather a group from your church together and participate in a Global Xposure trip.
- Are you committed to the advancement of Global Mission but see your role as one of supporting the Team of people working on the frontline?
- Do you have skills that would be useful in enabling or freeing intercultural workers to undertake their ministry and are willing to spend from two weeks to five years living with a team among a least-reached people?
- Are you a teacher, builder, tradesperson, administrator, accountant, farmer, bookkeeper or have another useful trade, profession or skill?
There are alternative streams for Support Workers depending on the length of service.
Short-Term Support Worker (2 weeks to 12 months)
- Opportunities are available from time to time for volunteers to join a team in a support role.
- Such volunteers must meet Baptist Mission Australia application and approval process.
- Talk with your State Director who will help identify whether there is an opportunity for service suitable for both our teams and you.
Long-Term Support Worker (1 - 5 Years)
- Opportunities are available for people who are committed to supporting intercultural teams and their work in a long-term capacity.
- These people would be part of a similar application and preparation process as intercultural workers, including Partnership Development and Baptist Mission Australia courses.
- Begin the conversation with your State Director as to what a long-term support worker role might look like.
For a taste of mission consider a three week learning experience in partnership with a team from your church. The aim of Global Xposure is to expose participants to the culture of a least-reached people group and the work of Baptist Mission Australia among them.
For some intercultural families, homeschooling is the only viable option for their children's education. In order for both parents to focus their time on ministry, volunteers are encouraged to join families and take on the responsibilty of homeschooling the children. It is preferable for volunteers to be qualified teachers or enrolled in formal training, and commit to 6 months or more.