"...I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." (1 Corinthians 9:22b)

Service opportunities that vary in length from one to 11 months are a great way to invest in hands-on ministry that makes a difference while also getting a taste of life on the field.

Not sure if God’s calling you into missions? Explore your calling in a new cultural context while serving alongside or under the guidance of experienced missionaries.


We invite seasoned teaching elders and people entering their second career to serve in missions for 1 month, up to 11 months.

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Application process
How do I start the application process?

The first step is to fill out our pre-application form. A staff member will be in touch with you to discuss your interests and the best fit with what you're looking for.

Main qualifications
What are the main qualifications MTW looks for in 1-11 month candidates?

For people seeking to serve with MTW for one month or longer, MTW examines an applicant's spiritual life, relationship with their church, their personal relationship with Christ, their personal traits and characteristics, ministry experience, conviction that God is calling them into missionary service, knowledge of the Bible, and their understanding of the Reformed faith.

What kind of training will I receive?

Those serving 1-11 months will complete a series of online training courses in areas such as culture, working as a team, and fundraising. Beyond the required courses, optional electives in areas like spiritual development are available too.

You will also participate in a series of virtual cohort meetings, led by missionaries and MTW counselors. These meetings also provide opportunities to get to know other 1-11 month participants who are preparing to serve.

An MTW staff person will guide you along the way.

Further Helpful Preparation Suggestions
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How is my ministry funded?

You will need to raise support to cover your expenses. Training in support raising will be provided.

Budgets vary widely based on field location and length of service.

Age requirements
How old do I have to be?

If serving one month or longer, applicants need to be 18 years of age or a high school graduate.

Language requirements
Do I need to speak a foreign language?

Generally, no. For those going for less than a year, language requirements vary by location. On-the-field language learning may be expected or encouraged.


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