Exploring Vocation

This section is designed to help you explore your God given calling.

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"What is life coaching?" some may ask! "I know about football coaching and tennis coaching, but is that the same thing?" A good question! And the answer is no! I do not play so much sport as I used to but I do know that a sports coach, while also...
There are many initiatives up and running by mission organisations to challenge and recruit young people (16-25) for mission and in recent years we have seen a growth in initiatives to encourage retirees and early retirees (50+) into mission; so what about all those in between? Has the increased growth...
So you'd like to do go on short term mission but not sure where to start? OSCAR's practical guide to short term mission is here to help... Short term mission is an excellent way to share your faith while helping others around the world. It can also be a stimulating and...
Every day I see beautiful, passionate, world changers torn to bits by the machine that is missions, limping home disillusioned, cynical, and shipwrecked from their faith. It makes me wonder if this churning beast we’ve created has gone awry and our youth are just collateral damage, expendable because there’s always...
I don't like to say that God "calls me" anymore. When I graduated from a Christian college, I believed I would change the world. I was determined to be useful, significant and different. I wasn't going to join the throng of sell-outs who eventually move to comfy white-picket homes in the...
A tongue-in-cheek look at some sure-fire ways to avoid becoming a missionary Ignore Jesus' request in John 4:35 that we take a long hard look at the fields. Seeing the needs of people can be depressing and very unsettling. It could lead to genuine missionary concern. (John 4:35 "Do you not...
There are good mission trip teammates, and there are bad ones. But what distinguishes between the two? How can you make sure that you're not one of the bad teammates? Here are four qualities that you need to embrace (and four you need to leave at home) if you want...
If you're considering a gap year, do it. It's the scariest, most challenging thing I 've ever done, but I 've had the best time of my life - and it's not even over yet! I think one of the things that I've learnt is to push myself. Pushing myself...
Pursuing the God Given Dream for Your Life Each of us has desires in our heart, things we would love to accomplish. When we have fully submitted our lives to Christ, the desires of our heart align with God's desires for us. We often dream God's dreams for us without even...
As I entered the last 6 months at All Nations Christian College, imagine my surprise when my Church Mission Board told me they required me to find a sending agency before I could be a fully supported Mission Partner and commence what I felt was my calling. Of course, in...
Teaching on a Gap Year? (Janet Lucas) One of the ways in which gap year students can make the most of their year is through teaching English at home or overseas. In the following account, 19-year-old Amy describes her experience: "As I started to organise and plan for my gap...
Gap Year Philosophy The term 'Gap Year' refers to a time out of education and/or work. This 'Gap Year' is usually between secondary school and university or college, but a gap year can also be used to take a break between college/university and the commencing of work, or during some time...
Immediately anyone says to me that they have a 'call to mission', I want to ask two questions... "What does 'call' mean?" and "What is 'mission'?" In Os Guiness's excellent book (The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life) he talks about the calling of God operating...

Book Reviews

"It's a very easy to read and practical book, with an appendix of tools to help you, including spiritual gifts questionnaires, personality tests and study questions".
Reviewed by Mike Frith
"Any individual's search for guidance and information on becoming a cross-cultural worker will be all the richer after reading this book". A review of this book by John McVay. Reviewed by Cheryl Frith.
Reviewed by Cheryl Frith
"This book will serve as a useful tool in the hands of the staff of evangelical Colleges and Mission agencies with responsibility for the selection of candidates". A review of this book by Robin Wells. Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Darrell Jackson.
Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Darrell Jackson
"Searching to Serve is a useful resource for mission organisations as they consider developing their website or other online channels for enquirers". A review of this book by James Nelson with Carla Foote. Review by Mike Frith.
Reviewed by Mike Frith
  • Do You Know Your Kingdom Calling?

    Many Christians want their lives to make a Kingdom difference.  But in order to do so, the majority have never taken the time to discover how God has made them.  Consequently, life goes by without a clear sense of personal vision and life purpose.  

    If you want to gain that clarity so you can be intentional in making your best contribution to fulfilling God's Kingdom purpose in and through your life, Stuart Simpson can help you.  Using a wholistic coaching model, Stuart helps people discover their God-given design and life purpose.  He empowers believers and churches to engage in the full scope of the Great Commission, including the often overlooked mandate to disciple nations. 

    Stuart is the co-founder of Catalyst Ministries (catalystmin.org) and founder of Empower Coaching (stuartmsimpson.com).  He has a doctorate in ministry, with a specialisation in cross-cultural and Kingdom mission.  He is also the author of several books, including Empowered! Discovering Your Place in God's Story and the forthcoming, 7 Keys to Unlocking Your Life Purpose.

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