Adventist members in the North American Division territory are welcome to apply through our office. We will guide through the Volunteer application and approval process as it is outlined below.
Questions and forms should be sent to our Processing Coordinators.
If you are a student at an Adventist university, please review How to Apply as Student Missionary.
Adventist members from outside of North American Division should contact their Division Volunteer Coordinator to apply.
The main qualifications to serve as a long-term volunteer include:
As you take this journey, it's important to spend time in prayer, and even to ask others to pray with and for you. Ask Jesus to prepare your heart for service, and to guide you through the questions you may have about funding, where to serve, and when and how long to serve.
The following documents and forms need to be completed and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also attach them to your Volunteer application, but please notify us if when you do.
We ask all of our applicants to complete a criminal background check and child-protection training through Adventist Screening Verification. The steps are outlined below:
If you are from Oregon Conference, please follow the Oregon Conference background check process. Once complete, please ask them to email us confirmation of your eligibility.
At this time, we are not able to use Adventist Screening Verification for Canadians. We ask those from Canada to provide our office with a scanned copy of the Enhanced CPIC.
A missions orientation training based on the book Passport to Missions is required for all our volunteers serving outside of the United States or Canada. Check with your Student Missions Director to find out if this training is offered on your campus. If not, you may enroll in the free online Learn Mission: Passport to Mission course.
These free online courses are designed to help you prepare for your mission service. 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.LEARN MISSION - Online Training
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.
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.
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.
If you are serving internationally, you are responsible for your travel arrangements. This includes:
For more information about insurance, see the Medical Emergencies Coverage.
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.
If you have applied or served as volunteer in the last two years and there have been no changes to your health, you will only need to submit the following to reapply:
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 a Volunteer Coordinator.
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 the following guidelines for couples and families: