About MSTs

MST process

A potential missionary seeking God’s direction about a missions calling should seek counsel from congregational leaders, family members, and trusted friends. These people often become MST members if God opens the door to a missions assignment.

When the missionary:

The MST:

is approved for service is formed as people accept the missionary’s
invitation to serve in particular roles
is preparing for service

helps the missionary to

  • communicate his/her mission vision
  • raise financial support
  • develop a prayer network
  • prepare for departure

arranges for the home congregation to
commission the missionary

is on assignment

prays regularly for the missionary

provides regular encouragement to the

communicates frequently with the missionary and the support network

monitors the balance in the missionary’s
support account

assists with raising additional funds if contributions are less than pledged

returns from assignment

helps the missionary to

  • reconnect in the home culture
  • find housing and transportation as

continues to provide loving support during
a sometimes difficult transition



EMM resources MSTs by:

  • orienting each new MST
  • training MSTs to work with their missionaries in raising full financial support
  • providing resources for creating communication pieces and tracking contributions
  • producing prayer cards to help missionaries and MSTs communicate with supporters
  • providing ongoing encouragement and equipping by newsletter
  • sending information about re-entry care to MSTs

MST member covenant

I commit to:

  • pray regularly for the missionary we support
  • stay in relationship with the missionary
  • carry out the duties of my role on the team

As a team, we commit to:

  • work with the missionary to develop a support network that enables full financial support
  • take primary responsibility for raising funds and maintaining necessary balances while the missionary serves on the field
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