Want a Mid-Career Change?

Now is a perfect time to make mission a full-time job

By: Rich Atkinson   |  10/31/2008
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You have been thinking about serving in full-time ministry for a while now. But you have been wondering if it is the right fit for you.

We have had former business owners, lawyers, secretaries and basketball coaches join us as employees during their mid-career switch.

Yes, we need people like you, as long as you are willing and God is directing you.

How John made the Switch

John Stokes who now serves with FamilyLife, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, said that he was about 10 years away from retiring from his management position when God moved him in a new direction.

John described his crisis of belief.

“God was calling me right now — not 10 years from now. If I push back and wait, who knows what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day?”

Roger Wanted a Return on His Investment

Certainly there is a cost involved. Take the example of Roger and Maggie Bruehl. They had served with Campus Crusade then left 5 years later to take over a family business.

Then 5 years later, Roger returned to work with Campus Crusade, but it meant giving up running his father’s company that was grossing $15 million a year.

“I’m willing to put up with the hassles I’m going through for eternal things,” Roger told his wife, Maggie, “but I’m not willing to go through the hassles just to make more money.”

Tom’s Mind Changed about Mission

For many years, Tom Meiner and his wife, Julie, were involved with the annual mission conference at their church, but they never wanted to be full-time missionaries.

“But over the period of time, God started working on our hearts,” Tom said. “Maybe what about us?  Should we be involved?”

Sometime later, a hypothetical question was asked by some of his co-workers: 

“What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you quit your job?”

“Yes,” Tom said. “If I were to win the lottery, I would quit my job and go into mission work.”

“Right then, God convicted me,” Tom said.  

He sensed God was saying to him, “Why won’t you trust Me to provide those finances now?”  [Read how a missionary salary is determined.]

About 6 months later, Tom and his wife, Julie visited Orlando together. During this trip, they met with employees from The JESUS Film Project®.

This was the point that helped them determine that God was leading them to serve with The JESUS Film Project. They moved to Florida in 1997.

There is a Place for You

Ok, you have made the switch from missions maybe to missions probably, but now you want to know more about the possibilities.

Here is a list of our opportunities  including ministry locations and contact information.