FAQ: Being an Urban Missionary
Q: How do I know if I’m being called?
A: Calling is a unique experience in each person’s life. For some, a calling might be a strong, Spirit-driven urge towards a certain mission field or people group, coupled with the confirmation of your community. For others, calling is simply the affirmation of the place they find themselves in coupled with the gifts that make them well suited for the role.
Q: Do I have to raise my own support?
A: Yes, all of our missionaries are required to raise their own support. Each missionary who passes into the candidate phase will be trained by our development team on how to engage and cultivate new ministry partners to come alongside them.
A2: Yes, all of our missionaries are required to fundraise
Q: Do I have to live in South Dallas to be an urban missionary?
Q: What kind of resources will be available to me as an urban missionary at BridgeBuilders?
Missions to the urban poor provide unique and complex challenges that BridgeBuilders has adapted to. All of our resources are geared around holistic gospel transformation. From urban missionaries who proclaim the gospel door-to-door, to our WORK program that helps overcome the many barriers that prevent flourishing, to KIDS programs working to preempt the relational damage that can come.
Q: Evangelism is not my strong suit. Is there still a place for me as an urban missionary?
A: Being a missionary means you are an evangelist. If sharing the gospel is a challenge for you, missionary work might not be a role God is calling you to. However, many times, God gives us strength in areas where we are most weak and uncomfortable. Feeling God’s pull towards missions even though you are weak at evangelism? Get out and try it!
Q: What kind of work does an urban missionary do?
A: Urban missionaries are the tip of the spear in proclaiming the good news of Jesus to the communities that we serve. The ultimate goal of the missionary is sharing the gospel and creating Christian communities from those who are saved out of the harvest. Day-to-day, missionaries are going door to door to care for their neighbors. As Christ-followers, we believe that the best way we can care for our neighbors is by praying with them and sharing the gospel with them. These conversations lead to further gospel conversations and discipleship relationships. As we hear about specific needs, we are also mobilizing our WORK and KIDS programs, as well as our local church partners who might have the resource to help a neighbor in need.
Q: What does a day in the life looks like?
8:30-9:30am - Personal Study Time
9:30-11:00am - Admin Time: schedule meetings with donors, report encounters in the harvest, set follow-ups with neighbors
11:00am-1:00pm - Lunch, discipleship time
1:00-3:00pm - Harvest time: door-to-door caring, follow-ups, discipleship, Bible study time
3:00-4:30pm - Serve at KIDS program
4:30pm - Go home and rest!
Q: What role does my home church play in sending me as a missionary?
The local church plays a vital role in the sending and support of the missionary. First and foremost, the local church is instrumental in identifying, calling, and commissioning missionaries to send into the harvest (Acts 13:1-3). Secondarily, the local church provides a network of social, financial, and intellectual capital that are essential to launching and supporting missionary activity.