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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is Crossworld a missions agency?

In a word, yes. We’re a global mission agency that sends Jesus-followers from all professions to make disciples in the world’s least-reached marketplaces. Our technical status is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the U.S. and a registered charity in Canada. That may sound intimidating, but just means that we run on donated funds.


2. But I notice you don’t frequently use the term missions or missionaries. Is there a reason for that?

We shy away from terms that may put up unnecessary barriers to the gospel. The word missionary carries some strong associations and may cause people to think only the biblically elite can make disciples. So rather than “giving it all up for Jesus” (leaving your job to do “full-time ministry”), we advocate using it all up for Jesus — using your job as a bridge to make disciples cross-culturally. So, why don’t we say missionary? Read a short blog.


3. Are Crossworld team members considered vocational missionaries?

If by missionary you mean someone who makes disciples in another culture, absolutely. Each disciple-maker Crossworld sends has gone through an application and training process that includes the full support of his or her church.


4. The apostle Paul was a tent-making missionary. Would this be a good way to explain the work Crossworld promotes?

We love the example the apostle Paul set. At times, rather than receiving his income from sending churches, he chose to use his professional skills to earn an income. He wasn’t pretending to make tents just so he could talk about Jesus — he was running a legitimate business. In the same way, some of those we send out are disciple-makers who have actual international jobs; they also love and proclaim Jesus. We use the term marketplace worker, but the terms tentmaker and Business as Mission (BAM) capture similar ideas. Read more about marketplace workers.


5. Does Crossworld sponsor short-term mission trips?

We’re for anyone who wants to make disciples! We’ll do whatever we can to help you follow Jesus’ commands, including short-term mission trips, internships and apprenticeships. Together, we can find a good fit for you and for the international staff who would host you. Get started.


6. I’m considering cross-cultural work. Would a short-term mission trip be of value?

Many of our long-term workers say that a short-term mission trip was instrumental in their journey to life overseas. But not all short-term mission trips are created equal. We’d love to talk with you and hear about your passions, skills, and goals. Learn more about short-term mission opportunities with Crossworld.


7. What kind of training does Crossworld provide?

After you decide to partner with Crossworld, you’ll receive in-person training and coaching in cross-cultural adaptation, language acquisition, worldview, and the rationale behind disciple-making, plus quite a bit more. Not only that, we’ll walk you through each step of the financial support development process.


8. I see you take a more holistic approach to missions. Does this affect how you view the Great Commission?

We’re 100% committed to obeying the Great Commission. Jesus was clear that we all need to make disciples (see Matthew 28:19). So what’s the best way to do that? We want to keep it simple — go where the people are, and live and love like Jesus did.