how to apply

office of volunteer ministries

Adventist members in the North American Division territory are welcome to apply through our office. We will guide through the Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) application and approval process as it is outlined below.


If you are a student at an Adventist university, you will find the process outlined on this page.


Adventist members from outside of North American Division should contact their Division Volunteer Coordinator.


Questions and forms should be sent to Benjamin Speegle, processing assistant for long-term volunteers.

  • qualifications

    The main qualifications to serve as a long-term volunteer through AVS include:

    • Being between the ages of 18 and 79.
    • Being a baptized member in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
    • Being financially able to serve without compensation other than a small living allowance.
    Other important things to consider are included in the Qualifications section of the AVS website.
  • submit online application

    • To begin an online application, you will need to create an account and log in to the AVS website.
    • Please list "Office of Volunteer Ministries" as your Sending Organization.
    • Add your call choice(s) in your application from calls posted on the AVS call page.
  • forms

    The following documents and forms need to be completed and sent to Benjamin Speegle. You may also attach them to your AVS online application, but please notify us if when you do.


    **References can be sent electronically through AVS online application.
  • background check

    We ask all of our applicants to complete a background check and child-protection training through Verified Volunteers. The steps are outlined below:

    1. Go to www.ncsrisk.org/Adventist
    2. Select your home Union and Conference.
    3. Create a username and password, then enter information. Use full legal name.
    4. When prompted to "Please select the primary location where you work or volunteer," select your home church.
    5. When prompted to select your role, choose "AVS Volunteer."
    6. You will be redirected to the training website. Once you have completed the training, you will be prompted to complete the background check.
  • Passport to missions - online training

    This free online course is designed to help you prepare for your mission service, and is required for all volunteers serving outside U.S. and Canada. You will find information on how to enroll on the homepage of your online application. Most can finish the course in a few weeks, but you may go at your own pace until the end of the cohort.

  • screening & approvals

    Once all of the steps above are complete, we will do a final review of your application and follow up with you if we have any questions or missing information. Once everything is ready, we vote to approve you as an NAD volunteer at our weekly Appointees Committee. You will receive an email notification that you have been approved. In the unusual case that your application is denied, you will be contacted by our office.

  • Application sent

    Next, your application is sent to your first-choice call. Mission organizations are encouraged to contact you and make a decision within 2 weeks, but they may take longer. If they accept your application, it will move on to final approval. If they deny, we will check with you before sending your application on to your next choice.

  • final approval

    This is the final step in the approval process, when the General Conference Mission Personnel Processing Committee votes your assignment. This usually happens within a week of your acceptance by the mission organization. You will be notified after the vote.

  • travel arrangements & insurance

    If you are serving internationally, you are responsible for your travel arrangements. This includes:

    *You can work on this anytime in the process.

    We recommend that you work with your mission organization for visa instructions and flight dates. Once purchased, please send your flight itinerary to Andrea Keele so your insurance coverage can be set for the correct dates.

    Insurance for International Volunteers
    Volunteers serving outside of the U.S. are covered by a special accident and illness travel insurance package for volunteers. Our office will arrange this for you. 

    Insurance for Domestic Volunteers
    Volunteers serving within the U.S. are covered by Adventist Risk Management's Task Force insurance. Our office will ensure that the organization at which you are serving purchases this for you.

    For more information about insurance, see our Medical Emergencies page.

other information

Visual Chart of OVM Application Process (download)


Financial Responsibilities

It is best to read through the call you are interested in to find out what expenses the volunteer is expected to cover. For example, most calling organizations cover the cost of their volunteer's insurance and a small living allowance, but ask them to pay for travel to the location. The expenses vary depending on the organization, so it is important to check the call.  


Serving Again

If you have applied or served through AVS in the last two years and there have been no changes to your health, you will only need to submit the following to reapply:

  • Online application
  • 1 new reference
  • Updated resume (optional, but helpful)

Inactive Applications

Unsubmitted online applications may be deactivated three months after they are started. Submitted applications may also be deactivated if you stop or postpone the process, but we will check with you before we do this. To reactivate your application, contact

Benjamin Speegle.



Couples and Families

Though there are not as many, there are some calls that can accommodate married couples and even children. This information is listed on the call. Let us know if you would like help finding options. Please note that there are a few differences in the way couples are processed:

  • Married couples should be married for at least one year before serving. If a couple would like to request an exception, more screening steps will be taken.
  • If a married volunteer is serving without their spouse, they are limited to three months of service, per Church policy.
  • If a volunteer's spouse accompanies them as a "dependent spouse" (he or she is not a voted volunteer), the following forms need to be completed by the spouse and included with the volunteer's forms: