- Invitation: “Tell me your story”
- Gentle challenge: “So, if I could wave a magic wand and solve all the problems of getting there, would you want to be on the field?”
- Four areas we probe to discover what kind of calling they have:
- Would you say you’re more interested in a short-term involvement – a contribution you can make now – or a long-term involvement on the field? How they define long-term isn’t as important as the self-declared choice between these two ideas.
- Would you say you’re interested in blessing more unreached peoples and places? Again, how they define unreached isn’t as important in the early stages, although it becomes critical to be on the same page later on.
- What do you think about rapidly-multiplying movements? Are you interested in (or committed to) those? to seeing “everyone” reached?
- What about agency X? (In my case, would you be interested in serving with Beyond?)
- What’s the biggest challenge/question/issue that you face in pursuing your missions commitment?
This last question is the big one early on. Listening is the key skill: discover the question, help them solve it, and then repeat this whole process if (with the solution) they move further down the road.
Note how there is very little argument in this interview. People who are argued or persuaded onto the field, I theorize, won’t last as long on the field (if they actually get there) than people who discover their calling, and who are helped/mentored onto the field.