How to Start a Mission

In communities throughout the nation, Christians are showing a heightened sense of responsibility for the poor and the homeless. Each week AGRM receives several requests for help in setting up new ministries to the homeless. Below is a step-by-step guide to laying the foundation for a successful rescue ministry. Being aware of the four basic failure factors below, and working to avoid them in the early stages of your ministry, will help to ensure your success and provide a good reputation for your mission:

  1. Immature or unqualified leadership

  2. Disunity among staff

  3. Poor/negative image in the community

  4. Lack of financial resources and accountability

    As you follow the New Mission Planning Guide, you will be laying a solid foundation for meeting the needs of those the Lord has entrusted to your care. Regularly refer to the New Mission Checklist to help you focus and keep track of your progress. If you have never worked in a rescue mission or similar ministry setting before, it is very strongly recommended that you start out by volunteering with a local mission for at least three months prior to getting started.

    A recent survey conducted among directors of some expansion ministries asked several questions dealing with the details of starting a rescue mission. Read answers to “What Does it Take to Start a Rescue Mission?” to gain some valuable insight into the commitment that is required to start a rescue ministry in any setting.



    For more information on starting a mission please contact Selena Hayle, Expansion Coordinator