Why Did They Go? Factors and Hindrances (MOB)

Why Did They Go? Factors and Hindrances (MOB)

Thursday @ 3:30pm

Results from a 2015 survey of 466 long-term missionaries from 20 agencies show how to launch more people into international missions by identifying positive launch factors as well as hindrances to overcome. In addition, insights come from three surveys done in 2016 of 108 aspiring missionaries about their willingness to explore long-term international missions. Learn factors that draw and factors which hinder respondents considering long-term.

Key learning objectives:
  • Learn how many rated the mobilizer helpful and why
  • Discover how long-termers discovered the agency they joined
  • Understand life stages and experiences most significant in deciding to go
  • Identify differences and similarities in mobilizing three generations: Millennials, Gen X-ers, Boomers

John McVay

COO
In His Image International

John McVay is a missions mobilizer who helped coordinate ten Heartland MissionsFests in Tulsa and served for nine years as a missions pastor. He, his wife Nicole and their children lived and served in China for a semester and in France for a year. Since 1998 he has served In His Image International as COO for the Family Medicine Residency and Medical Missions. For prospective missionaries in the USA John launched the Ask A Missionary email newsletter (now also a website and a book) and he co-founded The Journey Deepens weekend retreats.


Don Parrott

Mobilization Strategist
MissionNext

Don Parrott joined MissionNext with a background uniquely preparing him for his role. Afterworking as a Missions Pastor in the Pacific Northwest, Don and his family served overseas, primarily in Argentina, then ministered as the mobilization director for a mission agency. From that position he took the leadership of Paraclete Mission Group for several years, moving into the President/CEO role of MissionNext in 2006 where he served until 2014. Don has authored an insightful and helpful book, “I Want to Make a Difference Now.” He currently serves as the Mobilization Strategist for MissionNext.

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