Pre-Field

Let us help you prepare for cross-cultural ministry…

It can be a lonely road getting ready to leave all that you’ve known for a new life immersed in another culture. You may find many of your friends pull away in anticipation of you leaving. You may find you no longer get included or invited to events. It’s like you’ve already left! While this is the common experience of many, you don’t have to feel alone in it.

We’re here to help our you where possible. Over the last decade we’ve helped more than eighty Kiwis navigate their way through this phase, some requiring more help than others. Check the sections below for more specific ways we can help you achieve your cross-cultural vision.

Coaching

A coach is someone who can help you achieve your goals. He or she will sit down with you and map out a pathway to achievement. Coaches encourage you to keep pressing on toward the targets you set together. Coaches are not your parents, they’re not your pastor and they’re not usually mentors (or can be, but that’s another story). You give coaches power to keep you on track and recommend tools, books, resources, practices, and people who can help get you to your destination.

Our Pioneers NZ team has a coaching posture. We want you to succeed and we’ll help, but we’re not going to do all the work for you. With experience and training in personality typing, talents/strengths maximization, spiritual gift awareness, goal setting, strategizing, interpersonal relationship development and many other tools for success, we can help you be the best you can be before you head out to the mission field.

Christina Baird is our primary coach and she’d love to chat with you about your dreams for mission. She has developed an individualized coaching method called Incubate that is guaranteed to help prepare you for cross-cultural ministry.

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Logistics

Logistics is the science of getting stuff from one place to another. In our world it’s probably more of an art than a science because we’re not moving products, we’re helping to move people.

Everyone has their own unique needs when it comes to planning for a major relocation, but there are many things that cross-cultural workers share in common: visa applications, booking flights, getting immunized, packing a med-kit, transporting luggage, selling a car, renting out the house, and so it goes.

We recommend to our members courses of action and agents to use, etc. We also manage comprehensive travel/medical/crisis insurance for our members and assist with fundraising, budgeting, and self-care needs while away from the comforts of ‘home’.

More often than not, you don’t know what you don’t know until you need to know it. We can make sure that our members DO KNOW early enough so you can do something about it!

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Orientation

Have you ever put a magnet up to a compass and watched it go berserk? That’s what adapting to another culture can be like, let alone getting used to the new privileges, responsibilities and relationships in the organisation you’re out there with!

Our short orientation course, Integrate, is designed to help you find ‘true north’ and keep you on course until you settle in to your bearings. It’s a service we provide for new members or applicants well down the track towards membership. If you’re looking for some training without needing to make a commitment to joining our fellowship, Christina’s Incubate method may be more appropriate (see coaching).

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Support

There’s a well worn old African proverb that says, “if you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far go together”. There is something about community that is integral to the Christian life – and absolutely critical for cross-cultural service. Two are better than one, says the Teacher in Ecclesiastes, “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Eccl. 4;9).

Before you leave we encourage you to build up a strong team of friends and family who can provide spiritual, moral and financial support while you’re working far from home. They are your most common fallback option for prayer and a sympathetic listening ear. Since they’re likely to know you well and love you unconditionally, they will be the best way to remain grounded when everything else around you seems like shifting sand!

In addition, Pioneers has a support structure that is somewhat unique. Here in NZ we’re your sounding board, advocates, consultants, and mediators if necessary. We aim to build a trusting relationship with you before you leave so you have the confidence to share with us openly when you’re in ministry. On the field your small semi-autonomous team will act as a micro-community, supporting one another through common trials or each other’s personal struggles.

Living with a community orientation doesn’t come easily for most individualistically wired Westerners, but when you learn to appreciate the benefits, you’ll start to feel exposed without those sort of connections.

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