General Questions

Is All Nations associated with a particular denomination or church?

All Nations is interdenominational and works collaboratively with many churches and other missions agencies. Our Statement of Faith reflects our enthusiasm and care for a denominationally and culturally diverse Body of Christ, serving and worshipping Him throughout the earth.

To what countries does All Nations send people?

All Nations focuses on neglected people groups – that is, groups that are unreached or have little access to the Gospel. These groups of people can be found in rural and hard to reach areas as well as in large cities.

If you are curious about work in a particular country, please contact us.

How many missionaries are on the field with All Nations?

All Nations Kansas City has right around 90 missionaries on the field. All Nations globally has over 400 field workers in over 44 countries.

How is All Nations structured in the US and Internationally, and how long has All Nations been around?

As a Hub, All Nations Kansas City was founded in 1993 and carries out our mission and vision by mobilizing, training, sending, and caring for people. Joshua and Meredith lead the Hub Team, and we have an excellent board.

On a larger scale, All Nations Kansas City is part of a global organization with an International Leadership Team (ILT), three other hubs and a few catalytic churches. The whole International organization shares the same mission and vision. The function of all hubs is to mobilize, train, send, and care for missionaries. Currently, the four hubs are All Nations Kansas City (USA), All Nations Kampala (Uganda), All Nations Hamburg (Germany), and All Nations Cape Town (South Africa). It is the vision of the ILT (which exists to guide, govern, and guard the All Nations movement) to continue expanding the number of hubs! Catalytic Churches are churches that are missions-minded and committed to church planting movements among people in various locations around the globe. They carry out the functions of a local church, and might also function as a hub.

What does All Nations believe?

Please click through to see our Statement of Faith.

What organizations or networks do you partner with?

We have partnerships or relationships with:

There are also many churches we work with who send their missionaries through us, and there are some field locations where our missionaries are partnering with missionaries from different sending organizations.

Tell me about how All Nations communicates.

Everything we do is meant to see the Kingdom expand. This is true for our communication efforts. We have several regular newsletters you can choose to receive: a weekly update about new trainings, a monthly newsletter with stories from the field, an invitation to monthly prayer & worship nights, and a monthly email to pray. In addition, there will be times we have special events or want to individually connect when we will reach out.

When you receive a communication, we are hoping you’ll share it with friends and family. Your heart to see the Kingdom expand can facilitate this. So, each time you receive something from us, ask, “who in my sphere might really need or like to be involved?” There will be times when no one comes to mind, but take action if someone does!

We want you to understand why we share information with you and others: to equip and grow the Kingdom! We have many people who like doing a variety of things and nonprofit organizations like ours want to give people options and ways to step into this great adventure. We want to invite you to help us multiply hearts, volunteers, field workers and senders! Each time you share the emails and events, you help All Nations Kansas City do this. Thank you! Please reach out at any time if you’d like to understand or learn more about a specific effort.

Why would I choose to go with All Nations rather than another organization?

You will be more than just a number on a page. We at All Nations are committed to knowing and staying relationally in touch with you – and even your family who stays home – throughout the whole process, from when you consider becoming a missionary to when you retire.

We are also mission focused and driven, with an intentional focus on igniting church planting movements. We will be an excellent place to be if you resonate with our mission and vision statement and want to be trained to see people come to know and follow Christ in ways that will multiply, so that communities will transform from within and the Kingdom of God will be established!

What are church planting movements? What is your definition of church?

Church planting movements are an indigenously led movements in which disciples are making disciples and churches are planting churches rapidly within a population segment or people group.

Church is a spiritual family of disciples attempting to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands.

Do I need to be a church planter to be a missionary with All Nations?

We want all people involved in All Nations to be working towards Kingdom movements, but most people are not church planters. As a cross-cultural worker, you are more likely to be coaching indigenous church planters. It takes all sorts of people with various gifts to do that, from the teacher to the shepherd to the evangelist to the prophet to the apostle. We recognize that some of those giftings lend themselves to more direct beginning & training of new indigenous church planters, while others shine in support, community-building, or even business roles. We will help you find your fit as we ignite Kingdom movements together.

Can I work with All Nations in the United States?

Yes! We want to see movements to Jesus happen among neglected people all over the world, even in the U.S.!

Are there ways to get involved with All Nations other than being a missionary?

Yes! Below are some of the ways. Please contact us to talk about your particular interests.

Volunteer in areas like member care coach, childcare, hospitality, church planting coach, business skills

Join our Prayer Corps and receive monthly updates to pray for the nations and the workers on the field.

Attend our trainings and be equipped to make disciples within your own community. Empower your church to be a great Sender of workers into the harvest!

Money, Logistics

How would I fund my work as a missionary with All Nations? Can I be bi-vocational? If I raise support, how much would I need to raise?

All missionaries are required to develop a team that will partner with them and financially and prayerfully support them on the field. You can be bi-vocational. In fact, in order to get into many countries, you will need a job to enter.

There is no set amount a missionary must raise. We help missionaries set a salary that is appropriate for the area/country in which they will be residing.

Can I go to the field if I have debt?

Before launching to the field, each field worker will be required to pay off any consumer debt.

How much money goes to All Nations for administrative or other fees from donations that are designated to my account?

All Nations charges a flat 5% fee on all donations received. Most mission organization charge between 10-15%.

One year after finishing Church Planting Experience, the three week training that all those going with All Nations are required to complete, field workers are charged a monthly fee. This fee ranges from $30 – $175 per month, depending on your marital status and where it is you are serving.

How can I be sure that All Nations is financially responsible?

All Nations places a high value on financial accountability.  Every year our finances/books are reviewed by an independent Certified Public Accountant.  We are also members of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).  ECFA serves as a financial accountability partner with All Nations to ensure our finances are being handled with integrity.

How do you handle health insurance and retirement?

All workers sent by All Nations Kansas City (ANKC) are required to obtain Medical and Life Insurance or its equivalent (ie, a health sharing plan can be used for medical insurance). If you come from a country where it is not available, please speak with the Member Care Coordinator. ANKC strongly encourages saving for retirement and walks each worker through a budgeting processes with recommendations. ANKC does not oversee the administration of either health insurance or retirement plans.

Training, Teams

What is the process for becoming a missionary with All Nations? What kind of training would I receive?

Your training begins with Church Planting Experience, where you learn about honoring other cultures, communicating the Gospel effectively, making disciples, igniting, shepherding and multiplying a church planting movement, and the nuts and bolts of going to the field. This is then fleshed out in a 9-month online internship, where you put these things into practice with a coaching cohort of your peers and an All Nations coach.

We also offer training and coaching in Ministry Partner Development and Language Learning.

A summary of the process can be found here.

How would my field location be chosen - can I go where I feel God is calling me, or will All Nations select my field?

All Nations focuses on neglected people groups – that is, groups that are unreached or have little access to the Gospel. If you have a location or people group on your heart, we will work with you to find an All Nations team to join, or help you pioneer a new work, perhaps in partnership with teams sent by other agencies. If you don’t know where you are called yet, we will help you discern that through daily prayer at Church Planting Experience, and networking you with All Nations field teams that are seeking to grow.

How do you handle teams? Do I need to go with a team? Will I be assigned a team to join?

We prefer workers go on teams, even if it is a team of only two (so a married couple qualifies)! We will help you establish a vision and mission as a team and work through expectations.

If you don’t already have a team, we may try to link you with an existing All Nations team on the field, but this is a relational process that both sides would participate in discerning. If there is no All Nations team in your chosen group or location, we would help you network with a team from another agency. We believe it helps field workers to have links on the field to others in the Body, for mutual prayer support, relationship, and security.

How long does it take on average to get to the field?

This can vary widely, but it can take as little as 3-6 months, if there are no other limitations. It can also take up to a year or longer.

You begin with Church Planting Experience, which lasts 3 weeks. Then, Ministry Partner Development typically takes 3-12 months. Once you have received pledges for 100% of your needed financial support, you may launch to the field. You may still be in the midst of your nine-month online internship, but this is fine. Since it is online you can continue and finish after you arrive on field.

How does All Nations help me learn a new language?

At Church Planting Experience, you begin this process with some orientation classes. Then once you hit the field, you can enroll in the “Skills for Effective Language Learning” online coaching course, taught by Acquire, our excellent, professional partner ministry that specializes in helping missionaries.

How does All Nations deal with security risks?

At All Nations, we take security seriously. To that end we have implemented electronic communication practices (email and messaging, etc.) that meet higher security standards. In addition, we require all missionaries to complete a basic security training.

Missionaries going to higher risk locations are required to complete more rigorous security training. We generally partner with Crisis Consulting International or Concilium for security trainings and consultation on security crises.

How does All Nations partner with a missionary’s church to send that missionary?

Missionaries thrive when they have a church that is committed to sending them well, and we are eager to partner with sending churches. These are some of the ways we regularly connect with sending churches:

When you apply for the Church Planting Experience training (the training all missionaries who go with All Nations are required to complete), we will request a letter of recommendation from your church leader

Senders’ U is a fun, interactive training to empower those who have been called to Send. We would love to host it at your church to serve and strengthen those sending you.

We aim to communicate with your church throughout the entire process of your missionary service; from preparation for the field until you return.

If I want to learn more or am not ready to go yet but want to prepare, what resources would you recommend or actions could I take?

We partner closely with the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. If you have not already taken it, we recommend you find a course in your local area, or take it online! It is a great foundation for our training.

We also offer many trainings, in person and online, that you can begin taking. Our Ignite Online Trainings address short topics related to disciple-making and missions. Our Catalyze course gives you the foundations for igniting a church planting movement or disciple-making movement. Our Telling Jesus Stories training is one of our most useful tools for sharing the Gospel, and applicable to any context. We also have other 1-day trainings that equip you in topics from reaching Muslims, to Healing, to Asking Questions in discipleship. Check out our Upcoming Trainings to see what’s coming up!

On the Field

Am I allowed to take furloughs? Am I required to stay on the field for a set period of time?

All Nations Kansas City workers working internationally are given time for furloughs. The regular pattern for Furlough is to take three months every two years.

What kind of support will I receive on the field? Is there any support for my family (with me, or back at home)?

  • Financial: before you go and as time goes on we help set up and review your budget; process donations, assist donors, etc
  • Member Care Coaching: monthly check in with a member care associate for emotional and spiritual support, which begin before you go to the field
  • Member Gatherings: regional gatherings for workers on the field
  • Ministry Partner Development Coaching: training and accountability during support raising
  • Church Planting Coaching: weekly or bi-weekly check in with a coach for encouragement and strategy once you are on the field
  • Language Coaching: connection to professionals who will help you learn language upon arrival to the field
  • Prayer Support: the Hub team meets weekly and prays specifically for our missionaries; in addition, the Prayer Corps is lifting the work on the field up
  • Emergency Protocol: we ensure missionaries have security training and protocols in place, and also ways for them to reach us in emergencies
  • Ongoing Training Opportunities: We have many training tools to help you succeed, most of which are on on-line for easy access. These trainings are led by experts on our team, on our international leadership team, and externally.

Specifically for your family:

  • Church Planting Experience for Kids: If you have children going with you to the field, we have developed a training they will take while you are in the ‘adult’ Church Planting Experience training. We want them to be prepared and equipped for the big change coming, just like you are!
  • The Regional Gatherings are for the whole family, with equal attention to kids
  • Our Member Care Coaches are happy to develop relationships with your children and talk with them one-on-one. That team is also developing a tookit of resources to be helpful to families on the field. Each spouse will have their own individual member care coach.
  • Families at home: our trainers, leaders, and member care coaches make an effort to connect with family members at home, even visiting them as possible.