Everyone has skills to share and can be of great value to mission service. God calls people from all walks of life - from laypeople to priests, students to teachers, healthcare professionals to engineers, and laborers to lecturers committed to sharing the Good News. There are several ways for you to answer your missionary calling.
Volunteers serve in the mission field from one month to one year assisting with projects and performing tasks that complement the ministries of Orthodox hierarchs and communities around the world. This assignment is designed to fill one’s “gap” year or for individuals of any age desiring to serve the Church abroad longer than a Team assignment.
An intern is much like a Mission Volunteer except that an Intern serves for at least five months to a year with the intention of continuing in full-time Missionary service. A three-day orientation is required at the Mission Center. Once in the field, the Intern will participate in cross-cultural ministry and a supervised missiological reading program to advance their training for future service.
After completion of an internship program, a Missionary Intern returns home to complete their training at the Mission Center and then continues with support-raising. When this is completed, they are ready to return to the field as an Associate, with skills and experiences to continue their mission service for up to three years.
An OCMC Missionary is devoted to living with and serving those who need Christ in another culture. A vocational Missionary works in places where the Church is new or developing; with or through an existing parish; helping form new communities, engaging in evangelism and training leaders; and developing programs, outreach or charitable works representing the care and love of God to those in need. OCMC long-term Missionaries can make a lasting impact far beyond their years of service.
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