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Abandoning the “American Dream” to submit to full-time Great Commission participation both domestically and abroad requires faith and complete surrender to the Lord. For Mark Clyburn, obedience driven by conviction led his family to make this very decision; leave everything behind and enter the mission field.

In this episode of our Mission Minded podcast, we are joined by Mark Clyburn of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Mark gives us a glimpse into the daily tasks and roles of a Missions Pastor, as well as sharing his journey to ministry in both Swaziland and Augusta. He also details how his experience as a missionary overseas has allowed him to see a healthy model of missions on the field, and how having church partnerships overseas has helped prepare him for the role of a Missions Pastor state-side.

Often times the North American Church asks, “What can I go and do?” when planning a short-term missions trip. Mark discusses the importance of training missions volunteers to reframe their thinking and to instead ask, “How can we listen to our overseas partner and come alongside them as support?”. This episode of Mission Minded podcast delves into the pressing importance of working in a partnership where Indigenous Christ-followers are driving the ministry of their churches forward. “Our role is to come up underneath them, undergird them, strengthen them, and help advance their ministry,” Mark says.

Mission Minded Podcast: In Matthew 28:18-20, we are commissioned by Christ to make disciples of all the nations. Living in light of this scriptural call can be challenging. Join the Mission Minded podcast and participate in discussions with mission-minded individuals that come from diverse backgrounds, working all over the world, to bring some of the challenges into the light. The ITEC team hosts special guests who tell stories, ask questions, and inspire us to use our God-given gifts to take the Gospel to our neighbors and the nations.

Mission Minded Podcast is produced by ITEC. The goal of this podcast is to inspire conversations about Great Commission participation. The views, organizations, and individuals represented, interviewed, and discussed on the podcast do not necessarily represent an official position or formal partnerships with ITEC.