The first big issue has to do with the fit of your gifting and calling within any particular mission. If God has called you to Tahiti (don’t you wish!), you had better make sure tht any mission you are thinking about actually works in Tahiti. If God has called you to a place where there is nobody working, then you need to find a mission that is willing to support you in that. WEC is very open to working in new places, but generally we want to see a team of people going, with enough experience on board to keep the ship steered in the right direction.
If you’ve arrived at this point we are assuming you’ve come through the above gauntlet of probing questions unscathed, and you are still thinking about a future in missions. We also assume that you’ve checked out our organizational philosophy in the About WEC section, and don’t see anything that makes you cross us immediately off your list. How do you decide whether you should throw your hat in with us, or with some other group?
The same holds true for type of ministry as for location. If you already know you are called to a specific kind of ministry, for example, working with the deaf, then finding a mission with people actually doing that can be a great help. WEC is primarily a church-planting mission, but we do a lot of other things. (See “What We Do” for more.) And if you want a cushy experience without doing a whole lot, then you definitely want to go with… oh, wait! Never mind.