1. Most missionaries have to learn more than one language for ministry on the field, especially if they’re going to Unreached People Groups.
  2. Communication with supporters and support raising is not merely a means to an end. Rather, it is an essential and equal part of God’s appointed ministry for the missionary.
  3. If your goal is indigenous ministry, you’re going to have to give up a lot of technology and modern trappings to make the ministry reproducible.
  4. Language learning is not merely a means to an end. Rather, it is an essential God appointed priority for your effectiveness for the long-term.
  5. The single most important attribute in which new missionaries need to grow and in which they have the most opportunity to grow is humility.

David C. Meade

David C. Meade has been the founder, C-level officer, and consultant for a number of non-profit organizations. He has nearly fifty years of experience with church planting, pioneering field ministry among UPGs, and leadership in international and domestic NGOs. He has a strong biblical local-church-centric ministry philosophy and commitments, serving as an international outreach leader, pastor, and elder in local churches throughout his adult life. He loves teaching and mentoring church leaders and global workers preparing for service to meet the greatest need of the neediest places on earth.

David is an international business consultant, NGO executive, and international leadership trainer. He has a weekly podcast and has authored hundreds of insightful and practical blogs, articles, and several books. David is a well-received speaker and teacher. His experience in non-profit leadership and international NGOs informs his counsel for leaders and workers in challenging areas of service, analyzing corporate strategies, conflict resolution, crisis management, and event leadership. David is passionate about core values based on timeless principles, valuing people, and leadership training. He is an avid family man, reader, fisherman, and world traveler.

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