About Adventures In Missions

About Adventures

Whether you've heard about us from a friend, know someone who went on missions with us, or simply searched the web for a missions organization, we're glad that you're here!

You want to follow in Jesus's example in the way he cared for the lost and the hurting. You want to take up Jesus's commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28) and be his witness to the ends of the earth (Acts 1).

We want to mobilize people to missions as a means of discipleship, and we've been at it for over twenty years. We want to help you mobilize and disciple others.

Thank you for checking us out and considering partnership with us. The body of Christ stretches so much further than we could ever imagine and we're privileged to partner with the members of his body all over the world. We hope to join with you in this adventure!

Adventures in Missions is an interdenominational missions organization that focuses on discipleship. We emphasize prayer and relationships in our work amongst the poor.

Since we were established in 1989, we have taken over 100,000 people into the mission field, some for as short as a week and others for as long as a year or longer. In several places around the world we minister year-round to "the least of these". We believe that by giving people the opportunity to hold orphans, bring hope to the hopeless, and pray for the sick, lives are transformed.

We seek to disciple as Jesus did; our vision is that God would use us to raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is authoritative and infallible in the original writings.
  • We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.
  • Seth Barnes, Executive Director

    Raised in a Christian home, Seth’s parents encouraged his involvement with missions at an early age. He went to Guatemala for two months as a junior in high school and the Andes Mountains of Peru the following year, where his passion for missions continued to grow. In 1976, he enrolled at Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois. As a senior, he worked in a Cambodian refugee camp where many fled to because of the oppression of the Khmer Rouge.

    Soon after graduation, Seth married Karen and they moved directly to Indonesia, where Seth worked in economic development, helping the poorest of the poor. In 1981, they moved to the Dominican Republic where he did similar work. Seth then attended the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and graduated with an MBA two years later.

    Upon graduating, Seth was faced with a choice between two divergent paths: a secure life in corporate America that would support Karen and their kids, or a life of risk, starting a missions agency with a friend. Seth chose to obey God and helped successfully start a ministry. Two years later, in 1989, God planted a new seed in his heart: Seth obeyed and launched what is now Adventures in Missions.

    Within a year, he was leading hundreds of people overseas on short-term mission trips. Today, that number has grown to thousands. AIM has taken over 100,000 people into the mission field and now has full-time ministry bases all over the world. Seth currently lives with Karen and two of their five children in Gainesville, Georgia.

  • Tim Abare, Chief Operating Officer

    For twenty-five years Tim has worked with respected leaders and companies in business, entertainment, and ministry. Tim has served at a senior level for several non-profit and private sector companies and is widely recognized as a thought and action-leader with a solid history of building people and organizations.

    As Chief Operating Officer, Tim is dedicated to developing a culture of philanthropy internally, a movement of generosity externally, and a tribe of radicals courageously and actively doing God’s will globally. Tim has been married to high-school sweetheart, Ann, for 36 years. They have six over-the-top children, four daughters-in-law, and one grandbaby so far.

  • Clint Bokelman, Director of Long Term Missions

    After growing up in a Christian household and attending Bible school, Clint became a full-time youth minister at a church near Omaha, Nebraska. In 1995, his burden for the lost deepened on an Adventures mission trip to Tampico, Mexico. Two years later, he joined the organization, as part of a traveling mobilization team. He now oversees the new Long Term Missions initiative at Adventures.

    Clint lives in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife Amie and their three kids: Sydney, Caden and Olivia.

  • Derrell Hunter, Chief Financial Officer

    Derrell has been a CPA since 1973, working in all aspects of business finance, leadership and growth. He's a natural leader with a unique combination of strategic vision, focus, and innovative thinking, and often finds himself in the role of problem-solver.

    Whether in his role as Partner for KPMG, CFO of a publicly traded staffing firm, or in-between, as founder and/or President of several start-up businesses, Derrell thrives in active, entrepreneurial environments. Having joined Adventures in 2010, he is more excited than ever about being devoted to an organization that also has Christian faith as its foundation and purpose.

    Originally from South Carolina (avid SC gamecock), Derrell and Susan, his wife since 1968, live in Georgia near their daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren.

See full list of staff

Adventures in Mission does an amazing job of blending healthy discipleship and spiritual formation with Holy Spirit empowered missiology. Their theology is solid and their mission is clear. Jesus is their message and His Kingdom come is their goal. It is my great joy to partner with them. I strongly recommend to you the powerful ministry of Adventures in Mission.

Ron Walborn Esteemed Speaker

What impact will you have on the world for Christ? How will you make your life count? We at Adventures in Missions care deeply about your answer to these questions. We're committed to seeing God's kingdom come on earth. Our objective is to help raise up a generation of radically committed disciples. We're a quickly growing, innovative organization with exciting opportunities to make an impact.

Our Work Environment:

  • will challenge you
  • rewards those who are resourceful
  • welcomes initiative
  • is fun
  • is full of grace
  • encourages discipleship: get discipled, disciple others
  • will invest in your personal & spiritual development

If you share our heart for reaching the lost and loving the least and left-out of the world, this may be the perfect place for you to serve. We are committed to not only serving our missionaries in the field but also to investing in our staff and developing their spiritual gifts. If you're tired of the "rat race", consider applying for one of our open positions.

Please note that as a nonprofit missions organization, our full-time staff raise at least a portion of their salary.

Current Staff Openings

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Job Title Location Type
Program Finance Analyst *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Project and Leader Developer *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Director of Missionary Placement *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Missions Advisor *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Missions Coach *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
World Race Squad Coordinator *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
12+ Months Overseas Missionary *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Associate Professor of Innovation *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time
Associate Professor of Discipleship *One Position Available US-GA-Gainesville Full Time

What is missions?

Simply put, missions is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who don't know him as Lord and Savior.

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." -- Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. -- Acts 1:8 (NIV)

There are no limits in territory, people, places, or methods used to reach those who are lost; and God’s desire is that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9). God has a specific plan for us, a direct call and a clear will for every person.

God's call to each individual is unique and specific to them. He uses their upbringing, surrounding environment, and experiences and couples them with his vision, goals and desires, to shape them into a unique tool for His hands to mold and guide and use (Ephesians 2:10).

God's will is for each individual to love God and love people, the first and second greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). The great commission, found in Matthew 28:18-20, is an expression of those commandments to love. Jesus also tells us he has empowered us with authority and his presence.

Why do we go on mission trips?

We go, plan, organize, implement, and lead mission trips as a response to God. We go on missions:

  • because we share God's heart for the lost
  • to reach the lost for Jesus
  • to train participants how to hear God's voice
  • to disciple other Christians, especially youth, to reach the lost until Christ returns.

Our ultimate hope is that your desire for God's kingdom to come here on earth will outgrow our programmatic capacity. Short term missions is the vehicle through which we mobilize people onto life-long discipleship, long-term missions. Not only do we desire for your perspective to change but for your life to be transformed; to see a generation radical and sold out for God.

How did missions begin?

You can debate who was the first missionary from Job to Jesus. The truth is that when Adam and Eve fell, God's plan to redeem mankind to himself was put into action. Jesus is the greatest missionary of all; he paid the ultimate price to redeem man and reconcile him to God.

Missions was God's design and his heart from the beginning. We in the Church today have mistakenly thought of missions as a New Testament thing, a relatively new idea, but the truth is God has desired all peoples, nations, and tongues come to him from the beginning. God's covenant with Abraham was that he would bless nations.

God has set his sight on all the world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. That's his heart, his vision, his desire.

  • Mac Schneider - Chairman
    Atlanta, GA
  • Seth Barnes - CEO of AIM
    Gainesville, GA
  • Pastor Brad Howard - Member
    Rockwall, TX
  • Glenn Steers - Member
    Holly Springs, NC
  • Bruce Neurohr - Member
    Roswell, GA
  • Bobby John - Member
    Atlanta, GA
  • Ed Glover - Member
    Pittsburg, PA

Accountability for the resources that God has entrusted Adventures In Missions begins first of all with our awareness that those who share their time, money, and prayers with AIM view us as stewards. We know that God sees and weighs the merits of our every action. The parable of the master and the wise steward applies to each of us. It is therefore our objective to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all that we do, particularly in the larger decisions that we make.

Given man's frailty and inherent corruptibility, checks and balances are necessary. We have put such mechanisms in place to make a statement that AIM staff want to be above reproach in all that they do. Our own board of directors meets regularly to review the direction and performance of the ministry.