You Get to Tell Them

Mission Service Opportunities

You get to tell them the Good News


Types of Missionary Service

  •  Career Missionary (5 years or more)
  • Length of Service: Typically 5 years or more.

    Cost/Finances: You work in partnership with us to raise the necessary financial support for your missionary service.

    Inquiring: Inquiries are accepted year-round and will be kept on file for two years. You can download an inquiry form below.

    Selection Process: Includes self-assessment through extensive interviews, online assessments, physical examination, and psychological testing.


    Inquiry Form

    To start the process please download and complete the inquiry form.

    Download Long-term Service Inquiry Form
  •  GEO Missionary (12 months or more)
  • GEO missionaries are globally engaged in outreach for at least 12 months.

    Length of Service: 12 to 36 months initial commitment.

    Cost/Finances: You work in partnership with us to raise the necessary financial support for your missionary service.

    Inquiring: Inquiries are accepted year-round and will be kept on file for two years. You can download an inquiry form below.

    Selection Process: Includes self-assessment through extensive interviews, online assessments, physical examination, and psychological testing.

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    Inquiry Form

    To start the process please download and complete the inquiry form.

    Download Long-term Service Inquiry Form
  •  Short-Term Volunteer Missionary (1 week – 6 months)
  • Short-term missionaries are needed to serve alongside missionaries and partner churches for one week to six months.

    Short-term missionaries serve in various and important roles in His harvest field. Short-term missionaries have served as pastors, nurses, doctors, teachers, business managers, camp counselors, and in many other crucial positions.

    As a short-term missionary, you will have an excellent opportunity to build lasting relationships, use your God-given gifts to His service, experience church and life in another culture, and become a beacon of light in a dark world.

    Length of Service: Typically one week to six months

    Cost/Finances: Vary. Short-term missionaries are responsible for all travel and coordination costs. In some cases, short-term missionaries may be responsible for project costs.

    Placement process: Application, references, pastoral recommendation, and placement interview with LCMS staff.

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    Application Form

    To start the process please download and complete the application form.

    Download Short-Term Missionary Application Form
  •  Short-Term Teams (1-2 weeks)
  • Short-term teams can have three to more than 20 people who serve alongside LCMS missionaries and Lutheran partners to proclaim Christ for one to two weeks. Teams can be formed by congregations, families, friends, small groups, etc.

    Length of Service: Typically one to two weeks. Take a moment to browse through the opportunity database.

    Cost/Finances: Vary on each trip. Teams are responsible for all travel and coordination costs. In some cases, teams may be responsible for any project costs. Download the Team support-raising manual for more information.

    Placement process:

    • Team online application (for team leader),
    • placement consultation, and
    • pastoral recommendation.

    Application Form & Manuals

    To start the process please complete the online application form.

    Team Online Application (For Team Leader) Download Team Leader Manual Download Team Support-Raising Manual

    Short-term Mission Team Video Training

    This training is an important step in this journey. It will provide answers about what to expect and tools for your success. It will also allow you to meet and work with your team before you travel, live, and work together. This is an important step in building a strong, effective team.

    The training is divided into seven sections. Sections one through six are designed to be completed before the team departs for the field, and the seventh section to be completed after the team returns. The team leader can lead the team through the training or select a person from the team to act as the training facilitator.

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 Know Before You Go

Whether you plan to travel as a congregation, with an organization or as an individual, here are some basic safety principles to keep in mind as you prepare.

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Who is a missionary?

The key is that missionaries are sent by the Lord through the mediation of His Church. While the names and position titles have changed over the years, this is how the church has always done mission, even back to the time of the Apostles when Saint Paul first brought along Luke as a physician. A missionary for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a person called, that is, ordained or commissioned, or appointed (medical personnel, business, administrative, or other worker) by the appropriate sending agency (the Board for International Mission) who is sent to bear WITNESS (Martyria) to the Gospel of Jesus, to show MERCY (Diakonia), or to support those who do as we have a LIFE TOGETHER (koinonia).

Taken from the article Who Is A Missionary? By Rev. Dr. Al Collver, Director Church Relations.

What do missionaries do?

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Experience what your missionaries are doing

Story:Duane Meissner

The Rev. Duane Meissner has been sent as the Synod’s first missionary to Belize.

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Story: Sarah Kanoy

Twelve members of the LCMS travel across the world to serve people in rural Kenya.

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International Trips & Visits  

Know Before You Go — The LCMS offers basic safety principles to remember whether you plan to travel as an individual, as a congregation or with an organization.

Download Safety Tips

Best Practices in Short-term Mission — The LCMS presents a 10-step guide for congregations and districts to use in mission service.

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LCMS Mercy Medical Teams need volunteers to bring Christ’s mercy and love to the most vulnerable people around the globe. If you have a heart for service, we can provide you with an opportunity.

LCMS short-term volunteers have the opportunity to tell people around the world about God’s love for all people through His Son, Jesus Christ. If you want to serve, we can help.

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Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

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