For those who may be interested in joining Servants of the Kingdom as missionaries, the following information provides a general outline of our criteria and what we value. We divide these principles into three segments: Financial, Spiritual and Communal. Those who are interested in joining with us and who meet our criteria we ask you to interact with us by completing the Preliminary Application Form located at the end of this page.
Servants of the Kingdom missionaries raise their own funds and personal prayer support. The organization as a whole is supported in prayer by various individuals and churches in the body of Christ; however it is important that every missionary be supported by individual, personal prayer from outside of the ministry, also. Because our calling is to serve in developing nations and our life-style is simple (see Principles of Ministry), missionaries can live relatively cheaply. We will provide an estimated budget for potential missionary candidates to review once we believe there is a possibility that such candidates are called to join us. This will be sent with a second Application, after which a dialogue between us will begin.
Under Resources we have a Selected Reading outline in which we have noted several books that have been written to help potential missionaries raise financial support.
Essential spiritual qualifications for Kingdom Servanthood:
- Being born again and being an active, committed member of an Evangelical church. That you have a relationship with Christ and that you can be convicted by the Holy Spirit when necessary.
- Having both a servant’s and God’s heart (compassion and mercy) for the poor and downcast.
- Having a basic knowledge of the foundational laws and principles of the Christian faith. (These can be gleaned from Jim Hooker’s book Essential Knowledge: Volume One).
- That you are teachable, healthy (body, soul and spirit) and can easily adapt to various situations and living conditions.
- A recognition that the spiritual gifts noted in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 can be important in ministry today and a natural expression of the Kingdom of God when they are used in context to 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
Throughout the New Testament we find the Apostle Paul elaborating on the importance of community. In his letter to the church in Rome, we find a typical reference regarding the necessity of supporting and complementing each other: “. . . that we may be mutually encouraged by each others’ faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12). Servanthood needs to be understood in context to community. Just as we are called to become one with Christ, we are called into relationship with those who make up His body. To minister in both love and power, we need to be unified, embracing an environment of fellowship, transparency and dependency on each other. Through a commitment to live and work communally, thereby complementing each others’ gifts and natural talents, we will be more effective in our work, in addition to experiencing greater personal fulfillment. As our ministry grows, we will put more emphasis on living and working communally as teams.
The Psalmist wrote, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—Life forevermore” (Psalm 133:1, 3). Life’s experiences confirm what the Bible clearly illustrates—that there is power, synergy and love in unity. We also take seriously the dynamic principle that Jesus taught, that when two or three are gathered together in His name, He is in our midst (Matthew 18:20).