Not every missional worker is called to launch a business. A Disciple-Making Employee (DME) obtains a job in an unreached community, one that he or she enjoys and is already trained to do. They do so, first, to support themselves financially and, second, to engage in intentional disciple-making efforts in that community. This is what the apostle Paul did as he traveled from city to city to proclaim the gospel. He found local work making tents to support himself while making disciples and planting churches in that community.
DMEs are not “missionaries” in the traditional sense, but they are missional. They are chemists, teachers, accountants, sales reps, IT professionals, project managers, and the like who are committed to learning and growing in their profession while sharing the gospel with those who have not heard. They live and work in unreached communities because they understand that living and working as a “regular” community member is the best way for them to be Jesus Christ’s ambassador in that community.
MDE serves our DME members by:
- Assisting them as they search for jobs for which they are qualified and which they would enjoy in unreached communities
- Connecting them with others who are seeking to make disciples and plant churches in their chosen community
- Obtaining the training and support they need to live life cross-culturally and missionally
- Developing a ministry plan that fits their gifting and passion
- Helping them be accountable to their goal of pursuing Jesus and proclaiming His truth to those God brings their way